In the neighborhood

~by Jean Borgeson

August 5, 2019

Elizabeth and Andrea Pearson are visiting their grandparents Dale and Nancy Hanaman. They traveled to Des Moines to see the “Big Boy” steam engine when it was parked near Court Street and walked along the track and viewed the engine up close. They then went to Science Center of Iowa and enjoyed the interactive displays, including the program on the Iowa night sky with many different constellations.

Jean Borgeson accompanied Phyllis Bardole to Carroll, where they visited Phyllis’s sister, Valerie Ogren. It didn’t take long before Jean and Valerie started talking genealogy. Jean brought the Old Rippey Cemetery information along with pictures of some of their relatives’ gravestones Valerie had requested. Phyllis was very patient with our genealogy stories and their family history. The conversation soon turned to Duane and Ralph’s common ancestors in Sweden and finally ran out of time because the root beer floats were being served in the dining room, so we had to quit! The time went by quickly and it was an enjoyable afternoon.

We took a county road south on our way home. We missed E-57 but wound our way to 141 and back north. It was a beautiful drive with the sun starting to set on the rolling fields of corn and beans.

Larry Laverne Munson

The 1959 class of Rippey Consolidated School gathered with relatives and other friends to honor the memory of Larry Laverne Munson, who was a Rippey native.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 2, 2019 in the Rippey United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Burrow in charge of the services. Larry was buried in the Rippey Cemetery, with the Offutt Air Force Funeral Honors and Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post #583, Rippey, in charge of the military rites.

The son of Halsey and Clara (Anschutz) Munson, Larry was born February 28, 1941 in Rippey and died July 15, 2019 in Perry. He was the youngest of four children, Ronald, Charlotte and LaRie, all who preceded him in death.

Lynn Wilson, of Stillwater, MN, shared memories of Larry and the family included their thanks to the class members, “The class of 1959 can be very proud of the love and care they showed for Larry and also they can feel very blessed by his devotion to them.”

Hastings Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral and a complete obituary can be read at

Lori (Squires) West, of Urbandale

Funeral services were held Monday morning, August 5, 2019 at Heartland Church in Ankeny for Lori (Squires) West. Graveside services were in the Rippey Cemetery at 2:15 with a time for visiting at the Rippey United Methodist Church after. Lori was the daughter of Bill and Janice (Burk) Squires, Cooper and Rippey natives. She was born March 24, 1958 in Jefferson and died in Des Moines on July 31, 2019. A complete obituary can be read at

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