Saturday, September 13, 2014

Janet E. Ruth Obituary

Born: Sat., Mar. 22, 1947
Died: Sat., Sep. 13, 2014


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Sat., Sep. 20, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
2:30 PM Sun., Sep. 21, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Janet Ruth, 67, passed away on Saturday, September 13 in Des Moines. She lived her life to the fullest every minute until the very last. Janet raised her three children in Chariton and worked as a nurse in Knoxville at the VA Hospital. In recent years, she was transferred to the Des Moines VA and kept an apartment there to be closer to work. She was born in Kansas City, MO on March 22, 1947 to Charles and Pearl Boyce. She was their oldest child and had 4 younger brothers, Tom, Robert, Gary and Jack. They grew up in Woodland, IA in the country, in a setting that Janet described as “idyllic.” Janet got married, left home and started her own family. She had three children, Penney, Robbie and Kelley and after her divorce, she became a single mother who showed her children how far hard work and determination can go. She went to nursing school at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, first for the LPN program and then graduated with her Associates Degree as an RN in 1980. She worked briefly in Chariton before securing her job as an acute psychiatric nurse at the Knoxville VA. Janet had many goals and ambitions. She joined the Army Reserve in 1986 and achieved the rank of Captain. She was called to active duty during Desert Storm and served at Ft. Stewart, GA. She also traveled to Belize and many US destinations with her unit. She was very proud to serve her country. She always wanted to further her education and became a student at the University of Iowa in 1998 to earn her Bachelor’s Degree. She graduated from there in 2002 and continued working at the VA for a total of 37 years. She was still employed there at the time of her death. In 1993, Janet was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy caused by a virus that affected her heart. She successfully managed this condition for 21 years by taking very good care of herself. Her cause of death was related to this diagnosis. She won two battles against cancer. She was successfully treated for colon cancer at the Mayo Clinic in 2008 and she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and had a lumpectomy with no recurrence. She remained cancer-free until her death. When recently asked about the three things for which she was most thankful, Janet replied, “My family, my health and my American way of life.” Janet is survived by daughters Penney (Randy) Braaksma of Chariton and Kelley (Ron) Deen of Minneapolis, granddaughters Briauna Farrell of Portland, OR and Bailey Deen and grandson Ben Deen of Minneapolis, MN, and brother Jack (Jean) Boyce of Branson, MO. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, sisters-in-law and cousins. She was preceded in death by parents Charles and Pearl Boyce, brothers Tom, Robert and Gary Boyce, son Robbie Ruth and grandson Nicholas Brady. Pall Bearers: Randy Braaksma, Ron Deen, Travis Boyce, Nathan Boyce, Nick Boyce and Tommy Hitt Honorary Bearers: Ben Deen and Lyle Potter

Margaret L. Miller Obituary

Born: Thu., Oct. 7, 1915
Died: Sat., Sep. 13, 2014

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
10:00 AM Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Location: St. Andrews' Episcopal Church

Margaret Lucile Miller, 98, of Chariton died September 13, 2014, at Westview Care Center in Indianola, Iowa. Margaret was born to Edwin Robison and Bessie (Davis) Robison on October 7, 1915 in Lucas, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Jack E. Miller of Chariton on July 2, 1942, and they lived on the family farm until moving to Northridge in 2012. This year they reached their 72nd wedding anniversary. They took pleasure in traveling to various locations within the lower 48 states, as well as trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. After graduating from Lucas High School, she attended Simpson College and the University of Colorado before graduating from the State University of Iowa, in Iowa City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She taught school in Whitefish Bay, WI as well as rural Hazel Dell (Iowa) and Iowa schools in Lucas, Derby, and Chariton. She retired in 1979 after more than thirty years of being a positive influence in the lives of her young charges. Grandchildren brought great joy to her life and her faced beamed when she was around them. All remember the special “Grandma rolls” and cookies that were available whenever they visited. She was a source of wisdom and unfailing love to all her family members. In addition to volunteering at Lucas County Health Center as a surgical hostess, being active in her church, and attending Chariton Retired Teachers, she found great enjoyment reading a variety of books until her eyesight failed. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gordon Robison; her son, David “Mike” Miller; and granddaughter, Katherine Miller. She is survived by her husband, Jack; her daughter, Patricia (Ron) Krahn of Indianola; daughter-in-law, Margaret Miller of Urbandale; grandchildren, Ellen (Keith) Knautz of Batavia, IL; Eric (Stephanie) Krahn of Waukee, IA; Jonathan (Amy) Miller of Des Moines; and Christopher Miller and Matthew (Emily) Miller, all of Portland, OR; Six great grandchildren also survive: Justin, Nathan, and Brandon Knautz; Ethan and Bennett Krahn; and Pierce Miller.Memorials may be directed towards the Chariton Public Library, Lucas County Health Center, or Homestead (previously Northridge) Assisted Living in Chariton, Iowa.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Linda L. Riggs Obituary

Born: Tue., Jan. 31, 1950
Died: Thu., Sep. 11, 2014


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Sep. 27, 2014
Location: Carpenter's Hall

Celebration of Life
12:00 PM Sat., Sep. 27, 2014
Location: Carpenter's Hall

Linda Louise Riggs, age 64, passed away September 11, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Linda was born January 31, 1950 to Earl (Brownie) & Lavon (Bonnie) Brown of Chariton, Iowa. Linda is survived by her husband, Darrell Riggs; their three children: Dorothy (Danny) Wilcox, Roger (Donna) Punteney and Darrell Riggs, Jr.; two granddaughters: Sondra & Kendra; and one great grandson: Jameson. Also left behind are her father, Brownie; two sisters: Caroline Hogue & Mary Collins; and two brothers: Pete Brown & Robert Brown. Linda and Darrell own The Office bar on the west side of the square in Chariton. She enjoyed camping, fishing and playing golf. And she especially enjoyed her times spent with her grandchildren. Linda made many friends over the years that she lived and worked in Chariton and she will be missed. Linda asked that there be no funeral services.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Edward Wilson Myers Death

Edward Wilson Myers

Born: Wed., Mar. 23, 1960
Died: Wed., Sep. 10, 2014

Charles "Charlie" Dakan Obituary

Born: Mon., May 7, 1951
Died: Wed., Sep. 10, 2014

Charlie Dakan, 63, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Charlie was born and raised in Southern Iowa, until joining the Navy after graduating from Chariton High School. He was a Corpsman with the US Navy for 4 years. At the end of his service, he and his family returned to Chariton, Ia., where he worked for Hy-Vee Distribution Center. Over the next several years, Charlie made his career as a school bus driver, and served multiple communities within Iowa. He retired from Johnston Community Schools in the fall of 2013. Charlie loved playing golf and spending time with his family, out on the lake. Charlie is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Cody (Amber); and grandchildren, Connor and Ella. He is preceded in death by his parents; Maurine and Ernest Ansley; infant son, Chad; and daughter, Cristy. At his request, there will be no service held. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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

Steve Tjelmeland Obituary

Steve was born on August 18, 1960 in Story County, Iowa. He was raised by William and Donajene (Kent) Tjelmeland in the Roland Macksburg area. Steve's family later moved to Afton, Iowa where he graduated high school in 1979.
   Steve met Deborah Bain-Irving and her two children, Travis and Emily, in 1990. Steve and Deb were together ten years before their marriage on February 14, 2000. Their married life was spent in the Chariton area. Steve loved Deb's children as his own and was a very active grandpa to his three grandchildren. Steve was very devoted to his family and to his mother, Donajene.
   Steve made a living working for ConAgra Foods as a truck driver and warehouse manager.
   Steve loved baseball. He played minor league baseball for the Triple-A team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. He also had a great love for farming. Although he didn't farm, Steve collected farm toys and spent countless hours working in the yard and among his flowerbeds. He enjoyed spending time out in the yard with his grandchildren.
   Steve loved his pets and all animals. All those who new him well know that he always had his pop with him. Steve will be greatly missed.
   Survivors include his wife Deborah Tjelmeland; mother, Donajene Tjelmeland; children, Travis Irving and Emily (Michael) Kluender; grandchildren: Gavin, Evan and Aubrey; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
   Steve was preceded in death by his father, William Tjelmeland; grandmother, Fern Howell; father-in-law, Claude Bain; and brother-in-law, James Bain.
   A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.
   Burial will be in Zoar Cemetery in Cainsville, Missouri.
   A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be used at a later date to honor Stephan's memory.

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.