Funeral notices

Ross Richard ‘Wes’ Neal, 83, of Panora, formerly of Jefferson. Services pending at Hastings Funeral Home, Jefferson, 515-386-8181. Survivors: daughter Colleen (Lance) Swain of Jefferson; and grandchildren Garrett Swain and Lauren Swain, both of Jefferson.

Dean Thompson, 1930 – 2019

A memorial service will be held Oct. 8 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Charles Dean Thompson, 89, of Ankeny, formerly of Grand Junction.

Words of comfort will be offered by the Rev Mark Rabideau of First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson. His children will share family memories.

Charles Dean Thompson, known by everyone as “Dean”, was born August 2, 1930, on the family farm southwest of Grand Junction, the firstborn child of Walter and Capitola (Drake) Thompson. Continue reading Dean Thompson, 1930 – 2019

Marilyn Ann Copeland, 1935 – 2019

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 28, at Abundant Life Ministries for Marilyn Ann Copeland, 85, of Jefferson.

The Rev Mary Jane Oakland, assisting priest at St John’s by the Campus Episcopal Church in Ames,  offered words of comfort. Music included “Love Divine” recorded by Julie Tvedt, and Gary Haupert as soloist with Sheryl Sloan as accompanist. Continue reading Marilyn Ann Copeland, 1935 – 2019

William Taute, 1945 – 2019

William (Bill) Wallace Taute, longtime resident of Paton, passed away peacefully at the age of 73 on September 12, 2019, at the VA Hospice in Des Moines. The family was fortunate to all have a chance to say goodbye.

Bill was born Nov. 15, 1945, in Fort Dodge. He was the son of Lyle Taute and Lois (Lane) Taute. Bill attended school in Humboldt. He served in the Navy from 1963-1965. He owned his own business, Quad County Ag Service in Paton, for 35 years. Continue reading William Taute, 1945 – 2019

Barbara Hansen, 1930 – 2019

Barbara Hansen, the daughter of Clarence and Mary (Fields) Wilbur, was born April 1, 1930, on the family farm near Paton, and departed this life September 19, 2019, at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. She lived her life to the age of 89 years, 5 month and 18 days.

Barb attended and graduated from the Paton High School in 1948. On Feb. 18, 1950, Barb was united in marriage to John Robert “Bob” Hansen at St. Brigid parsonage in Grand Junction. They made their home in Paton and in 1952, Bob entered the U.S. Army. Barb later joined Bob while he served in Georgia. He was discharged in 1954 and they returned to Paton. Barb worked several years at Community State Bank in Paton and later at Home Agency Insurance, where she was a licensed agent and also a tax preparer. Continue reading Barbara Hansen, 1930 – 2019

Connie Thompson, 1931 – 2019

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Connie Gail Thompson, 88, of West Des Moines, formerly of Grand Junction.

The Rev Mark Rabideau of First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson will offer words of comfort.

Connie donated her body to the Des Moines University anatomical gift program. Her gift will forever impact and affect the lives of others in ways we cannot imagine.

Future interment will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. Continue reading Connie Thompson, 1931 – 2019

Hellen Marshall, 1928 – 2019

Hellen Elaine Morey Marshall passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on
September 13, 2019,  at the Edencrest Senior Living facility in Johnston.

Hellen (with two l’s) was born to Harry and Hazel (Cox) Morey on Feb. 28, 1928, in West Bend. She grew up on the family farm with her  brothers Harvey, Herbert, and Howard and her sister Harriet. Hellen always talked about the St. Bernard puppies that her daddy raised and how each child would get to pick a puppy to love and then be broken hearted when it was sold. It was a memory that stayed with her and a story that was told and re-told. Continue reading Hellen Marshall, 1928 – 2019

Francetta Mae Stream, 1927 – 2019

Francetta Stream, the daughter of Floyd and Margaret (Marsh) Fountain, was born April 26, 1927, at her parents’ home near Grand Junction, and departed this life September 11, 2019, at The Gardens in Jefferson. She lived her life to the age of 92 years, 4 months and 15 days.

Francetta attended and graduated from the Grand Junction High School in 1945. She worked in the Bee & Herald Newspaper office until her marriage. Continue reading Francetta Mae Stream, 1927 – 2019

Geneva Whiteley, 1929 – 2019

September 11, 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first Secretary of the Treasury. On Sept. 11, 1792, the “Hope Diamond” was stolen. On Sept. 11, 1941, ground breaking had begun for the Pentagon, the future home of the Department of Defense, 60 years to the day before it was attacked along with the World Trade Center.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, (8 months to the day of Jr passing and 18 years to the day of the Twin Tower attack) Geneva Frances Whiteley, age 92, was welcomed into heaven by her husband of 69 years, Jr Whiteley; her parents Aaron and Ina Ockerman; her brother Lowell Ockerman and his wife Virginia Ann; her sister Lois Morrett and her husband George, Anna Mae Tonelli and her husband Charles, and Nellie Darlene Ockerman; her niece Cynthia Morrett; her nephews Andy Morrett, James Morrett and Gary Whiteley; and many friends from the old Jefferson neighborhood. Continue reading Geneva Whiteley, 1929 – 2019

Lawrence Marshall, 1934-2019

Longtime Jefferson physician Dr. Lawrence “Larry Doc” Marshall, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the Greene County Medical Center.

He was beloved and respected by his family, friends and community for a life defined by intelligence, compassion and integrity.

Lawrence Lynn Marshall was raised and attended high school in Colfax, IA. As an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, he met and married Ms. Audrey Thomas in 1958. He would go on to earn his MD in 1960. Continue reading Lawrence Marshall, 1934-2019

Betty Gunion, 1930 – 2019

A Celebration of Life service was held Aug. 24 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Elizabeth “Betty” Gunion, 88, of Marion, formerly of Grand Junction.

Pastor Jim Barnett of Jefferson offered words of comfort. Danille Curtis wias pianist. Honorary bearers were Todd Busch, Woody DeForest, Tom Butler, Scott Butler, Lawrence Rold and Harold Osterman.

Interment was at the Dawson Township Cemetery west of Paton. Continue reading Betty Gunion, 1930 – 2019