Monday, September 29, 2014

Winfield Pennington Obituary

   October 13,1937 in Chariton, Iowa. Winfield was born and raised in Lucas County on the family home place. He went to Norwood school until eighth grade then graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1956. 
   Growing up, Winfield dedicated his life to farming, alongside his father and brother Harold D, which was his life time best friend. Through the years, they strived to produce the best corn and bean crops and can’t forget the hay crop to get enough small square bales to fill the hay mow. Over the years they’ve had a cow/calf operation, which was his favorite, feedlot finishing cattle they raised and purchased, sheep, swine, and Belgian horses. 
   In 1960, Winfield enlisted in the National Guard and served until 1966 when he was honorably discharged.
  He was actively involved in the community and was elected as the Ottercreek Township clerk in 1978, serving as the clerk for 36 years. He also served on the FSA Board in Lucas County. The Lord always came first in his life. He enjoyed attending the First United Methodist Church every Sunday with his family in Chariton and Norwood through the years. Winfield’s family was always very dear to him. He always admired the hard work ethic D had and the ability to get a job done no matter how big or small. 
   D married his wife Kathy in 1968, and to this union two nephews, Brian and Mark were born. He loved working side by side with D, Brian and Mark on the family farm and with the custom farm operation. Winfield had the ability to know how many rounds it took to work any field. He enjoyed hauling silage for Brewbaker Farms, counting every load. D and Kathy also blessed Winfield with a niece Diane whom he spent a lot of time with on the farm in her adolescent years and later going on wrecker calls with Diane and her husband Rich, because they might go out to eat when the work was done! He also enjoyed going to the Iowa Beef Expo with her to listen to the auctioneers. Winfield spent a lot of time at the Russell Sale Barn listening to Shawn, Justen and Alex sell cattle. He had a passion for cattle sales and listening to auctioneers. Every year Winfield looked forward to the Iowa State Fair! He loved going to watch his nieces and nephews show livestock, the food and the people! He also had many extended family and friends including Alan and Jerry Fogle that he kept in close contact with. 
   Winfield passed away on September 25, 2014 at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton, with his loving family at his side after a courageous battle with heart disease and diabetes. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Winfield and Lodema Pennington, Jerome and Charlotte Vawter; parents Harold and Faye Pennington. Winfield is survived by his brother Harold D (Kathy); nephews Brian (Danielle) and Mark (Christy); niece Diane (Rich) Hamilton; great-nephews Tyler (Emily), Austin and Brady Hamilton, Quentyn and Charles; great-nieces Taylor and Charity and many other relatives and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Legacy Lodge Hospice of Chariton.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Erma I. Duree Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Erma I. Duree, 86, of Chariton will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton. Interment will follow at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Woodburn, Iowa. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Sharing of Erma Stories will begin at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are requested to the Legacy Lodge - Circle of Life Hospice.

Erma was born June 1, 1928 in Comstock, Nebraska to Everett and Neva Grimm. She worked at the Osceola Hospital as an aide for a few years. She met Leo "Wimpy" Duree when he came home from the Service. They were married May 1, 1946, they were blessed with four children: Loretta, Katherine, Peggy, and Patty. Erma was a mother and homemaker and loved raising her girls. She later worked as a home health aide for a few years.

She never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to everyone. She loved communicating, Erma was the one that held friends and family together. Their friends from wintering in Arizona would let her know if anyone was in need of prayers and she would spread the word. She enjoyed writing letters and later became proficient with the computer and Facebook, allowing her to stay in touch with everyone. Erma loved the QVC shopping network. She also loved crafts(anything with glitter or sparkles), oil painting, decoupage, making bracelets, and knitting Christmas socks for the entire family(even the in-laws). Her true joy was her family and of course especially loved all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She treasured her time with them and hearing about what they were doing.

Erma passed away September 25, 2014 at the Lucas County Health Center. Preceding her in death were her parents: Everett and Neva Grimm; her husband, Leo; an infant daughter, Loretta; grandson, Roy Bingham; and great grandson, Blaine Bingham.
Surviving are her daughters: Kathy (Roger) Bingham of Chariton, Peggy (Danny) Crooks of Lucas, and Patty (David) Sponsler of Chariton; 7 grandchildren: Kevin Bingham, Tammy (Steve) Burnworth, Rebecca Bingham, Erich (Jo) Wilson, Jonathan (Amy) Wilson, Matt (Brook) Crooks, and Chelsea (Jonathan) VanZee; 18 great grandchildren; and siblings: Alma Selsor and Lowell Grimm. Along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kenneth Stansbery Obituary

Services for Kenneth Stansbery, 53, of Chariton will be held Friday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in care of Kenneth's family.

Kenneth Lee Stansbery was born on April 29th, 1961 in Knoxville, Iowa to Richard "Dick" and Karen Stansbery. Kenneth was the oldest of six siblings; infant sister Kathleen, Colleen (Randy) Grgurich, Chris, Craig (Kim), and Kirk. He graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1979. Kenneth had a passion for farming, which was his career for life. He started his farming career at home, which eventually carried him to his life long occupation at Osenbaugh Grass Seeds. Kenneth loved hunting, fishing, and any activities that involved the outdoors. He enjoyed staying busy by being a part of The Pheasants Forever Organization, pool league, and serving as a volunteer on the Williamson Fire Department for a number of years. His true joy was being a father to his three daughters, Sarah (Andy) Peterson, Cynda (Chad) Mehlert, Kendra (Derek) Bittner. He was also very proud of his four grandchildren, Addison (8), Jaxson (4), Kenadee (3), and Leigha (2), and was excited to welcome two new grandbabies in the coming months. Kenneth passed away suddenly on September 22nd, 2014 at home of natural causes. 

Survived by: his wife, Terry of Chariton; his mother, Karen Stansbery of Chariton; three daughters, Sarah (Andy) Peterson of Chariton, Cynda (Chad) Mehlert of Vinton, and Kendra (Derek) Bittner of Chariton; four grandchildren; one sister, Colleen (Randy) Grgurich of Chariton; three brothers, Chris of Chariton, Craig (Kim) of Russell, and Kirk of Chariton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceded in death by: his father, Richard (Dick); one sister Kathleen.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Burton Cross Obituary

   Mass of Christian Burial for Burt Cross, 74, will be Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton. Family will receive friends Monday, September 22, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. A Rosary Service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Circle of Life Hospice.
   Burton B. Cross was born August 26, 1940 to Norbert and Ruby Cross in Wapello, Iowa. He is one of 13 children from the Cross family. Burt graduated from Burlington High School. After graduating, he entered the Air Force and served four years. After his service in the Air Force, he met the love of his life, Rita Beine, also of Burlington. They married June 13, 1964 and just celebrated 50 wonderful years together. They were blessed with two daughters: Corine and Jenny, who adored their father.
   He attended Burlington Community College and pursued a career in banking and finance. Burt moved to Chariton, Iowa in 1978 and was the bank president there for over 20 years. He worked in the banking industry over 35 years, retiring from US Bank. He loved the city of Chariton and enjoyed volunteering and serving his community.
   Burt was active in many organizations. He was President of the Chariton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary President, Chariton City Council member, Lucas County Inter Church Ministry Center, and Chariton Community Betterment volunteer. He was awarded Chariton Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer to Lucas County Health Center, The Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Award, Honorary Membership at Chariton Rotary, Distinguished Service Award for Lucas County Auditorium and Community Center.
  Burt loved his church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He enjoyed volunteering in the Knights of Columbus, Minister of Eucharist, President of Church Council, CCD instructor, lectern and volunteered in many other capacities to help his church and community.
  His family will cherish their memories of him golfing, boating, fishing, many outings at Red Haw, bridge games, and watching his Iowa Hawkeyes.
   Burt passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family on September 19, 2014 at the age of 74 years. Preceding Burt in death were his parents, Norbert and Ruby Cross; and brothers: Raymond, Milton, Wayne, and Gale Cross.
  He will be greatly missed by his wife, Rita; daughters: Corine (John) Blunt of McKinney, TX and Jenny (Joe) Cross of St. Louis, MO; three grandchildren: Clark, Bailey, and Carter Blunt. Also surviving are brothers: Denny (Phyllis) Cross, Paul (Marcia) Cross, and Jack (Joyce) Cross; sisters: Nancy (Glenn) Burkett, Reva (Jim) Davis, Becky (Steve) Cutts, Lora Cross, Terri (Dick) Gordy; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Richard "Dick" Hamilton Obituary

Born: Sun., Jan. 15, 1939
Died: Fri., Sep. 19, 2014

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 23, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
1:30 PM Wed., Sep. 24, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Richard Dean Hamilton was born on January 15, 1939 at his home in Lucas, Iowa to Charles W. and Vera S. (Boyce) Hamilton. He was the third of five children. He attended Lucas School from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating with the class of 1958. At the age of 14 he started what would continue to be his legacy in the service station and tow truck business. At age 19, Dick became co-owner of Hamilton Standard with his brother, Jim. He bought his first wrecker in 1959. Dick first met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Halferty in August 1955. They then wed on March 12, 1960. In June 1962, Dick was drafted to serve his country and was stationed in Hanau, Germany. Dick and Shirley returned to the States in June 1964 and Dick resumed his civilian life as owner and operator of Hamilton Standard. On August 4, 1964 they welcomed their first born, daughter Richelle Dianne. On May 31, 1970 a son, Richard “Rich” Dean II was welcomed to their family. In 1987, Dick added another interest and built Hamilton’s Car Wash. In 1991 he sold his service station located at Hwy 34 and 1st Street in Chariton to Elliot Oil Company. He still continued his self-employed business, Hamilton Service until 1995 at which time his son, Rich continued the family tradition as Hamilton Towing. In 2001, Hamilton’s Car Wash was continued on as Savage Auto Wash by his daughter Richelle and her husband Abe. Since then he spent his time continuing to work and help his children by trucking for ARS Construction, Inc, tidying up Savage Auto Wash, going on wrecker calls for Hamilton Towing, pushing snow, and mowing grass. He enjoyed his restored classic car collection, NASCAR, slot machines at the Casino, scratch tickets, and being with his family. Dick passed away on September 19, 2014 at Legacy Lodge, in Chariton, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous and strong fought battle with lung cancer. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Vera Hamilton; his In-Laws, Dennis and Mildred Halferty; sister-in-law, Juanita Hall and brother-in-law Dwaine Halferty. Dick is survived by his wife, Shirley of 54 years of marriage; Children - Richelle (Abe) Savage and Rich (Diane) Hamilton both of Chariton, IA; Grandchildren - Abee Savage of Sigourney, IA, Ali (Jeff) Hand of Altoona, IA, and Austin and Brady Hamilton both of Chariton, IA; Brothers – Jim (Donna) Hamilton of Osceola, IA, Glenn (Rose) Hamilton of Casa Grande, AZ, and Gene (Betty) Hamilton of Urbandale, IA; Sister – Eloise (Bob) Ericson of Story City, IA and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lucas County Babe Ruth League or Lucas County Fair Association.

Paul Anthony Newman Death

Born: Sun., Sep. 6, 1970
Died: Fri., Sep. 19, 2014

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 21, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home
Funeral Service
2:00 PM Mon., Sep. 22, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

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