Sunday, August 24, 2014

Vernon "Sam" Connett Obituary

Vernon "Sam" Connett
Born: Thu., Oct. 13, 1932
Died: Sun., Aug. 24, 2014

Visitation6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service10:30 AM Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home 

  Vernon Lee Connett (Sam) was born October 13, 1932 to Abe and Mary Connett in Des Moines, IA. He married Valeria Bell Evans June 18, 1954 and was married for 60 years.
   Vernon was preceded in death by his father and mother, ten siblings, and one grand child. He is survived by his wife, Valeria Connett; his children, Vicki Northway (Allen) of Indianola, IA, Vernon Connett, Jr. (Denise) of Pleasantville, IA, and Linda Ripperger (Dave) of Dallas, IA; seven grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.
   Vernon survived in the Korean War, two year member of the VFW. He retired after thirty-one years at John Deere and was a member of UAW. His nickname in the service was “Sunshine”, which was very fitting because he brought a ray of sunshine to everyone he met. Dad said the most important thing the Bible talks about is when Jesus comes to get his people to take them home. He was always a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Phyllis Arlene Davis Sheldon Obituary

Phyllis Arlene Davis Sheldon was born February 28, 1925, and passed away August 23, 2014 at ABCM Rehab Center in Independence, Iowa. Phyllis was the only child of Arther and Hazel Johnson. She attended rural schools and graduated from Chariton High School in 1943. This was during World War II. She traveled to California and married Homer Davis. They returned and bought the Davis Farm. Phyllis taught rural country schools near their home for 8 years. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years, also worked various jobs. Phyllis is survived by son, Steve (Kayla) of Independence, a grandson, a granddaughter, and a longtime friend, Carol Anderson of Pleasantville. Phyllis was preceded in death by husbands: Homer Davis, Virgil Wright, and Paul Sheldon. Instead of flowers, Memorials may be made to her church in Chariton (First United Methodist Church), or Lucas County Fair Board.

Noel Duane Hitt Obituary

   Noel Duane Hitt, 88, of rural Humeston, Iowa, passed away August 23, 2014, at his home. Duane was the son of Walter Teddy Hitt and Mary Jewel (Chapman) Hitt. He was born September 8, 1925, on a farm in Franklin Township, Clarke County, Iowa, and spent his early years in that area. As a young man he attended Goshen Baptist Church. At the age of 12, his father led him to the Lord while they were choring out in the barn. On June 29, 1947, he was united in marriage to Reva Jean Snook at the First Baptist Church in Chariton, Iowa. To this union 9 children were born: David Duane, Steven Allen, James Thomas, Mari Beth, Sheryl Ruth, Carol Ann, Carolyn Kay, Beverly Rae and Walter Lewis.
   Duane attended Goshen school. His dad taught him to do carpentry when he was about eleven, a skill he used throughout his life. When he was 13 he had a long bout with rheumatic fever and had to learn to walk again after he regained his health. He attended Derby High School and especially enjoyed playing the trumpet, baseball and shop class. When he was 17, his family moved from their farm near Derby to a farm near LeRoy, where he helped his father farm. After their marriage in 1947, Duane and Reva moved to Omaha, Nebraska, so Reva could finish college and Duane drove a truck. He drove for Fairmont Foods and Coffee’s Transfer for about a year. In August of 1948, they moved back to Iowa and Duane started farming and doing carpentry work. He continued farming and doing carpentry work throughout his life, only retiring from farming about six years ago. His favorite hobby was buying farm machinery, restoring it, then using it or selling it. He also enjoyed traveling and hunting. Duane attended Smyrna Friends Church.
   Duane was preceded in death by his parents, nine brother-in-laws, and eight sister-in-laws.
   He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Reva Hitt, of rural Humeston, his children: David (Kathy) Hitt of Woodburn, Steve (Kathy) Hitt of Weldon, Jim Hitt of Woodburn, Beth (Joe) Stearns of Lacona, Sheryl (Ray) Powders, Carol (Dan) Jelsma of Osceola, Carolyn (Tim) Stroup of Leon, Beverly (Norman) Skinner of Osceola, Walter (Monica) Hitt of Derby, a sister, Marilyn Watts of Chariton, brother-in-law Don (Katherine) Snook of Westport, Connecticut, grandchildren: Lea Ann (Larry) Kirscher of Osceola, Kristi (James) Shelton of Derby, Jeff Hitt of West Des Moines, Marti (Bobbie) Hitt of Lucas, Nick (Stephanie) Hitt of LeRoy, Jason (Suzie) Hitt of Derby, Tom and Revae Hitt of Woodburn, Joey (Abi) Stearns of Lihue, Hawaii, Michelle (Bob) Anderson of Anita, Rachel (Mark) Costello of Imogene, Rebekah (Kelsey) Jacob of Ames, Tim (Krisdyn) Stearns of Ames, Ernest and Peter Stearns of Lacona, Adam (Traci) Crabb of Des Moines, Jeremiah Crabb of Denver, Colorado, Angela (Fred) Rothfus of Des Moines, Travis (Heather) Jelsma of Adel, Amy Jelsma of Osceola, Merry and J.J. Stroup of Leon, Jessi (Jesse) Jones of Des Moines, Jim (Sarah) Skinner of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, Anne (Jerry) Yonker of Osceola, John Skinner of Osceola, Braden and Brooke Hitt of Derby, 36 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
   Services were held 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Fielding Funeral Home located in Chariton, Iowa with Pastor Charlie Coffey and Pastor Dennis St. Lawrence officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff Hitt, Marty Hitt, Thomas Hitt, Joey Stearns, Adam Crabb, and Jim Skinner. Honorary bearers were J.J. Stroup and Braden Hitt. Soloist was Travis Jelsma.
   Duane was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ray Dean Trembly Obituary

Ray Dean Trembly, 70, of Chariton died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton. He was born Thursday, March 2, 1944, in Wayne County, Iowa the son of William Clark and Elsie Merrett Trembly, Sr. Ray graduated from Garden Grove High School with the class of 1962, and later attended college in Springfield, Missouri for office equipment repair. On March 16, 1968, Ray was united in marriage to Judy Palmer in Chariton. Early on he worked for his father doing lawn mower repair and mechanical work on cars. Ray then ran a service station and later worked factory jobs including TentexTile in Granger and Nestaway in Chariton. He retired in 1992. Ray loved to work in his yard and also enjoyed fishing and camping. He enjoyed reading, especially Louis Lemars books and delighted in spending time with his grandchildren, woodworking and model planes. He also enjoyed spoiling his three dogs. Ray is survived by his wife of 46 years: Judy Trembly of Chariton; a daughter: Rania (& Kelly) Snider of Chariton; two grandchildren: Lee and Ann Snider; two sisters: Della Mae (& Junior) Dale of Caldwell, Idaho and Donna (& Duffy) Ziebar of Lowman, Idaho; three brothers: Bill (& Fran) Trembly of Boone, Walter (& Reva) Trembly and Bobby (& Sally) Trembly both of Indianola; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Don Trembly and two sisters: Virginia Street and Linda Mendehaul. Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Melzine Flesher Roberts Obituary

 Melzine Roberts, 91 of Chariton passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her home.
   Melzine was born in Stuart, Iowa to Bruce & Orilda (Gilbert) Flesher on February 20, 1923. Melzine was married to Richard Beane. To this union one daughter was born, Eileen. Melzine and Richard later divorced. On August 10, 1962, Melzine was united in marriage to Donald Roberts in Princeton, Missouri.
   Melzine held many jobs throughout her life, but being a homemaker was what she loved best. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, canning, fishing, mushroom hunting, BINGO, cooking and time spent with her family and friends. Most of all though she loved family and getting together for evenings of card games and coffee or just visiting around the kitchen table. Melzine loved baseball. She spent many years listening to and watching the World Series and recording each pitch and play as they happened. She has records of the World Series that date back to the 1950's. 
   Survivors include her daughter, Eileen M. Graves (Charles C. II) of Chariton; stepdaughter, Judy Church and family of Murray; grandson, Charles Graves III (Jenni) of Chariton; granddaughter, Cheryl Downard (Jeffrey) of Chariton; 11 great grandchildren: Christina (Brett) Jenkins of LaCygne, KS; Andrew Downard of Chariton; Ashley Musick of Chariton; Tiffany Graves of Loveland, CO; Tyler (Danielle) Graves of Chariton; Ashley (Josh) Pease of Southwest City, MO; Chelsea Musick (Justin Van Den Top) of Ames; Aaron Graves of Loveland, CO; Ridge Downard of Corydon; Austin Gee of Chariton; and Alison Gee of Chariton; two great great grandchildren with one more on the way. She is also survived by two siblings: Gayla Joyce Burk of Chariton and Donald Gene Flesher (Cathy) of Moscow, Iowa.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald Roberts and five siblings: Willard Flesher, Willis Flesher, Maxine Brittain, Darline Sedars and Darrell Flesher.
   Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. 
   Interment will be in Humeston Cemetery. 
   Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Leslie "Les" Reed Obituary

   Leslie "Les" Reed age 68, of Pleasantville, Iowa, formerly of Chariton, Iowa, passed away on July 28, 2014 at the Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora. Burial will follow at the Radcliffe Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Creps-Abels Funeral Home.
   Les was born in Eldora, Iowa on August 25, 1945 to his parents Ralph and Arlene (Thompson) Reed. He graduated from Steamboat Rock High School and went on to earn his associates degree from AIB College of Business and his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Iowa. Les served his country in the United States Army from 1965 until 1968.
   Les was united in marriage to Renee Madden on June 29, 1973 at Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Together they welcomed two sons into their family. Les worked as the CFO for 3 hospitals during his 40 year career.
   Les served on several Lucas County, Iowa boards as well as on several Grundy County, Missouri boards. He loved his horses as well as his miniature burrows. Les also enjoyed raising St. Bernards. He was a fan of Westerns; he especially loved the films of John Wayne. He loved to travel and was an avid collector of antiques especially Oliver Tractors. His true joy in life came from spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He loved to attend all of his grandkids events.
   Les is survived by his wife Renee, of Pleasantville, IA; mother Arlene of Steamboat Rock, IA; sons Brett (Heather) Reed of Carlisle, IA and Brandon (Angie) Reed of Prairie City, IA; grandchildren Dylan, Emma, Madelyn and Matthew Reed; brothers Kenneth (Linda) Reed and Doug (Treva) Reed and sisters Pam (Ed) Berends and Denise Matlage. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Reed and brother Roger Reed.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ethyl Irene Smith Obituary

Ethel Irene Smith of Chariton, Iowa, died on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Circle of Life Hospice and Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa. She was 97 years young. Ethel was born on February 28, 1917 in Marion County, Iowa. In 1937 she married Gerald (Jerry) Hugh Smith, and together they had four children. She will be greatly missed. 

Ethel was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Jerry, in 1991; son-in-law, Kenneth Irving in 1994; father, Andrew Offenburger in 1936; mother, Ritta Ann (Karn) in1972; brothers Delmar Frederick (1905) and Perry Raymond (1973); sister Birdie Faye (1910); brother Orde Andrew (1983); sister Bertha Mae (DeWitt) (1988); and brothers Richard Lee (1919), and Elmer Glenn (1995).

She is survived by daughters, N. Arlene Irving of Kissimmee, Florida and Beth Ann (Richard) Carpenter of Chariton, Iowa; sons Floyd D. Smith of Swisher, Iowa and Edward M. (Marlene) Smith of Phoenix, Arizona; ten grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

Ethel was a refreshing positive thinker; she always found a way to see the goodness in everyone and was always ready to help family and friends in need. She is remembered most for dedicating her life to her family. She particularly enjoyed cooking--for a single visitor or scores of people who visited over the holidays and special events--and was proud to be called, "Grandma Noodles", in recognition of her distinctive and delicious home-cooked buttery noodles with beef sauce. After losing Jerry, Ethel enjoyed going to music "jams" and continued to dance, gardening in her earlier years and was an expert in her craft of crocheting afghans. She was also a dedicated diarist and meticulously kept a daily diary since the late sixties, which settled many family trivia questions throughout the years.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Pierschbacher Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm followed by a memorial service. The family will conduct a private burial at the Chariton cemetery on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Chariton, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, Ethel requested that memorial donations be made to "The Ethel and Jerry Smith Foundation", Circle of Life Hospice and Legacy Lodge, P.O. Box 569, 220 Northwestern Avenue, Chariton, Iowa 50049.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jerald Fenton Obituary

Died: Wed., Jul. 23, 2014

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
2:00 PM Sat., Jul. 26, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

    Frederick Jerald Fenton, 88 years old was born to Earl and Exie Hammond Fenton in rural Lucas County near Russell, Iowa. Jerald was born in a heavy snowstorm, in those days the doctors came to the home. 
   Jerald attended Greenville Country School in Washington Township in southeast Lucas County and lived in a one mile radius area all his life. When the country schools reorganized, the Greenville school was moved into Russell for the Kindergarten classroom, his daughter Carol attended the first class to be held in Russell. 
   Jerald started farming at an early age, farming first with horses when helping his dad with the farming. He started raising Angus cattle at a young age and always enjoyed early spring when the first baby calves arrived. Jerald always looked forward to this time of year and even got his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy the new baby calves. Later in life, Jerald bought the farm where he was born. Farming was a way of life for Jerald, once a farmer always a farmer. Jerald was a member of the Chariton River Baptist Church (Brushy) of Plano, Iowa. He accepted Christ and was baptized in 1940. 
   Jerald met the love of his life, Wanda Marie Sweeden and was married at the church by Rev. Leroy Sparks on October 13, 1945. To this union three loving children were born: Jerald Stephen, Connie Sue and Carol Ann. For a few years, Jerald and Wanda took their camper to Arizona for a few months in the winter and spent time visiting with family and friends. When summer came, they camped at the Iowa State Fair for over 35 years, having many overnight guests. Jerald’s first and foremost love was for his family, children and grandchildren. He was very proud of all his children, grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Jerald always loved seeing his great -grandchildren, they made him smile.  
   He was a man of few words, but you always knew what he meant or felt. He was always there to help, answer your questions or give you advice when needed. 
   Jerald was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dwight and sister-in-law Ethel Fenton, five brother-in-laws, Ernest, Ross, Lynn, Richard and Tony Sweeden and three nephews Bob and Larry Mullinix and Jerry Jones and nieces Sherry Peters and Billie Jo Zoch. Left to cherish Jerald’s memory is his wife Wanda of almost 69 years, son Stephen (Michele) of Chariton, daughters: Connie (Rick) McKinley of Russell and Carol (Eric) Ziel of Boone. Grandchildren: Eric (Tawn) Fenton of Denver, Jason (Dia) Fenton of Urbandale, Heather (Mike) Kautz of Chariton, Susan (Alex) Oliver of Oakland, Erica (Brent) Conklin of Huntington Beach, California, Jennifer (Patrick) Graham of Ames. Great-Grandchildren: Morgan, Reece and Piper Conklin of Huntington Beach, California, Kellen Oliver of Oakland, and Cameron, Kaylee and Kendyl Kautz of Chariton. Sister-in-law’s Sue (Phil) Jones of Paw Paw, Michigan, Rosalie (Jim) Mullinix of Albia, Dorothy Sweeden of Arthur, and Ingna Sweeden of Odebolt, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
    Memorials may be made to Brushy Community Church or Brushy Cemetery, Plano, IA

Friday, July 18, 2014

Charles Matthew Conway Obituary

Born: Tue., Apr. 30, 1940
Died: Fri., Jul. 18, 2014

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 20, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
10:30 AM Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Location: St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Charles Matthew Conway was born on April 30, 1940 in Melrose, Iowa to Henry Edward Conway and Mary Gertrude Carmody Conway. Charles was the second of nine children. He grew up on a farm south of Melrose near Iconium, Iowa. He and his siblings got into many adventures on the farm. His mother Mary often saved the children from their own mischief including being chased by a bull and providing shovels to the children to unbury his brother from a corn crib. He attended country school until 8th grade and graduated from Melrose High School in 1957.
He attended Indian Hills and obtained an associates degree. He also worked on the Highway Commission in western Iowa near Omaha. He worked for Kaiser Ke-Wash, a fertilizer plant in Melrose. His true love in life was farming. He enjoyed planting and harvesting crops and driving tractors.
In October of 1966 Charles was set up on a blind date with Susan Paula Harness. They spent the evening dining and dancing. This would lead to many more dates dancing at Rathbun, and eating at the Pale Moon in Centerville. Four months later Charles proposed in February 1967, and the couple was married on July 15, 1967. They resided in Albia, Belle Plaine, and Chariton before having children. They moved to Melrose to start a family. Charles and Susan raised four children Vincent (Vince) Charles, Shannon Marie, Sean Edward, and Megan Mae.
The family moved from Melrose to Chariton in the Fall of 1977 so that Charles could be closer to work. Charles worked for the Hy-Vee Food Store for 33 years. Charles was a shift manager and HBC aisle manager. Many Chariton residents remember working with Charles as teenagers. He was not the typical smile in every aisle, but Charles could strike up a conversation with any customer. Customers knew him by name, and he said they lined up many carts deep for him to check them out. He retired from Hy-Vee in the Fall of 2000 to return to his true calling-farming. His brother Pat and R.D. Curran kept him busy in the Fall and Spring of each year. He always enjoyed driving tractors, and in retirement restored two tractors- a John Deere, and an Oliver. He was a member of the Chariton River Valley Antique Power Association Tractor Club and loved going on tractor rides and participating in parades. He looked forward to the Melrose 4th of July parade, and the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Des Moines.
Charles enjoyed taking road trips with his friends Sam Voss and Fred Peterson, and his brothers Pat and Jimmy. He enjoyed wheeling and dealing cars, tractors, lawn mowers, basically anything with a motor. He always came home with an interesting story from these “adventures”. 
Family was very important to Charles. He always had a billfold full of pictures to show off. Although they were usually slightly outdated photographs, his family was honored that he kept them close. He traveled to his granddaughters special events such as county fairs, academic awards ceremonies, and sporting events. Everybody knew who Grandpa Charlie was at these events.
Charles passed away on July 18, 2014 at Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton at the age of 74. Services will be held on Monday July 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Melrose. Family will receive friends on Sunday July 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials may be made to the family.
Charles will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Susan; his children: Vince (Judy) Conway of Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Shannon (Jeff) Hafner of Panora, Iowa; Sean (Jenni) Conway of Windsor Heights; and Megan Conway of Chariton; his grandchildren: Regina, Brenna, Emma, Aubry, Alex and Marco; his siblings: Marge Moore of Clive; Jimmy (Evelyn) Conway of Des Moines; Mary Kay (Jim) Flahive of Omaha; Martha Kuhl of Urbandale; Patrick (Denise) Conway of Russell; Marilyn Thielenhaus of West Des Moines; Mark (Patty) Conway of Urbandale; and Diane Conway of Clive; and many nieces, nephews, Conway and Carmody aunts, uncles, and cousins, good friends, and his beloved beagle Hazel.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mary Conway; Conway and Carmody aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved cocker spaniel/lab Muriel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nick Konrad Memorial

   A memorial gathering for Nick Konrad will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Chariton.
   We welcome friends, neighbors and former classmates of Nick's to join his family in a celebration of his life at the Parish Center.