Funeral notices

Taushza Kay Embrey, 38, of Perry. Services pending at Hastings Funeral Home, Perry, 515-465-4691. Survivors: parents Glee and Frank Kniffin of Perry; brothers Brandon Embrey of Coon Rapids and Jesse Kniffin of Jefferson; sisters Ellen Olson of Perry and Amie Kniffin and April Kniffin, both of Jefferson; nieces and nephews McInzie Harlan, Lilyanna Garcia, Ashlynne, Brooklynne and Landon Embrey, and Jacob, Alex, Jon and Jordan Kniffin; aunt Joi (Mark) Dugan of Bagley; and uncle Clyde (LeAnn) Beaman of Perry.

Kevin Joseph Grow, 55, of Perry. Services: Saturday, June 29, at St Patrick Catholic Church in Perry. Interment: Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Grand Junction at a later date. Visitation: Friday from 10 am to 5 pm at Hastings Funeral Home, Perry, 515-465-4691. Survivors: sisters Kathy (Steve) Alex of Ottumwa, Becky (Doug) Kinney of Waukee, Deb (Mark) Miller of Perry and Denise Elston (Roy Sellers) of Moultrie, GA; and many other relatives and friends.

Clyde Maile, 83, of Jefferson. Services: Tuesday, June 25,at 11 am at St Joseph Catholic Church, Jefferson. Interment: at a later date at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation: one hour prior to the funeral and at the luncheon following. Survivors: sisters Hazel Monthei of Jefferson and Wilma Rushing of Grimes.  Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson, 515-386-2171.

Melvin G. Clark, 88 of Des Moines, Churdan Class of 1950. Services: Monday, June 24, at 2 pm at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave, Des Moines. Interment: Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Survivors: wife Rita Elliot Clark; sons Jeffrey (Kathy) Clark, Kevin (Pam) Clark, and Brian (Lori) Clark; daughter Julie Clark; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Ann Guess died June 18, 2019, in her own bed. Liz is survived by her children Marty Hennesy of Churdan, John (Joan) of Scranton, Ann Elizabeth (Wade) Gemberling of Lohrville and Susan (Drew) Cover of Hamburg, Germany,
Liz wished to be cremated. Her family is planning a celebration of a life-well-lived for July 13 at the Churdan Community Room. The family asks to have memorials left to the Churdan public library or the Churdan Park Improvement fund. Brown Funeral Home of Jefferson is assisting the family.

Stan Ackerman, 1962 – 2019

Services were held June 15 at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds for Stanley Dean Ackerman, 56, of Chariton, formerly of Jefferson.

Pastor Wendy Pittman offered words of comfort. Casket bearers were Dax Lautner, Chance Lautner, Scott Sievers, Steve Kennedy, Jake Campbell and Tyler McVay.

Interment was at the Washington Reformed Cemetery in Ackley, with Pastor Scott Summers of Aplington presiding at the graveside service. Continue reading Stan Ackerman, 1962 – 2019

Brent Lindgren, 1954 – 2019

Brent Lester Lindgren, the son of Leonard and Alice Marie (Small) Davidson Lindgren, was born May 29, 1954, at Fort Dodge, and died suddenly on June 6, 2019. He lived his life to the age of 65 years and 8 days.

Brent graduated from the Paton – Churdan High School in 1972 and later attended Iowa Central College in Fort Dodge for one year. On October 4, 1975, Brent was united in marriage to Renaye Lynn Legore at the First Baptist Church in Churdan. Two daughters were born to this union.

After their marriage, Brent and Renaye made their home in the Omaha – Council Bluffs area where Brent worked as a farm machinery mechanic and Renaye worked as a court reporter. They moved back to the Paton – Churdan area in 1982 and in 1995 Brent became an auto mechanic at Lee Benson Chevrolet in Gowrie until the fall of 2014. While working for Lee Benson Brent began farming on his family’s Century farm outside of Paton. Continue reading Brent Lindgren, 1954 – 2019

Chase Flack, 1992 – 2019

Services were held June 7 at the Greene County Middle School gymnasium for Chase Allen Flack, 26, of Ames, formerly of Jefferson.

The Rev Cathy Van Gundy offered words of comfort. Coach Chris Conner, Coach Mark Sawhill and John McLaughlin also spoke.

Recorded music was “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Born Free” by Kid Rock, and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Honorary bearers were Jared Garcia, Grayson Gibson, Austin Smith, Karl Krieger, Wade Hoyle, Darrin Gordon, Coach Connors and Pat Billings. Continue reading Chase Flack, 1992 – 2019

Jane Emley, 1928 – 2019

Services were held June 3 at Central Christian Church in Jefferson for W. Jane Emley, 90, of Ankeny,  formerly of Bagley and Jefferson.

Pastor Sheldon Henderson offered words of comfort. Pat Emley  accompanied congregational singing.  Honorary bearers wee William Emley, Brent Emley, Bob Emley and Spencer Emley.

Casket bearers were Troy Emley, Nolan Emley, Eric Emley and Alex Emley.  A private interment was done at the Dodge Township Cemetery in Bagley. Continue reading Jane Emley, 1928 – 2019

Sandra Becker, 1937 – 2019

Services will be held Tuesday, May 28, at the Bagley United Methodist Church for Sandra Kay Becker, 81, of Bagley.

Pastor Larry Monthei of Hope United Methodist Parish will offer words of comfort. Gary Haupert will be soloist, accompanied by Danille Curtis.

Casket bearers will be Sandi’s great-nephews Chase Flack, Clint Flack, Tyler Ireland, Nathan Ireland, Taylor Burkhardt, Austin McClellan, Andrew McClellan and Alex McClellan. Interment will be at the Dodge Township Cemetery in Guthrie County. Continue reading Sandra Becker, 1937 – 2019

Mildred “Millie” Ann Said, 1935 – 2019

Mildred (Millie) A. Said, the daughter of William R. and Florence (Gotter) Hoyt, was born November 28, 1935 in Scranton, Iowa and departed this life May 19, 2019 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. She lived her life to the age of 83 years, 5 months and 21 days.

Millie graduated from the Scranton Consolidated School in 1954 and later attended Simpson College. On May 13, 1958, Millie was united in marriage to Clifford Said at the Methodist Church in Scranton. After their marriage, Millie joined Cliff in Germany while he was serving in the Navy and their first daughter, Cynthia (Cindy), was born while there. Tamara (Tammy) was born in Fort Dodge after they came back to the states. Continue reading Mildred “Millie” Ann Said, 1935 – 2019

Veronica Turner, 1920 – 2019

Veronica Turner, 98, of Jefferson passed away May 13, 2019, at the Greene County Medical Center.

Father John Gerald of St. Joseph Catholic Church presided at the graveside service held Monday, May 20, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Josh Monthei provided music, singing “On Eagle’s Wings”. Honorary bearers were her grandchildren Chad Turner, Mistie Schau, Cara Park, Meghan Anderson, Kelly Carlson, and Beth Turner. Continue reading Veronica Turner, 1920 – 2019

Clare Hunter, 1921 – 2019

Floyd Clare Hunter was born to Floyd Erwin and Alice (Minor) Hunter on April 29, 1921, in Greene County Iowa on the family farm west of Churdan and passed from this life May 16, 2019 at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 98 years 18 days.

As a child, Clare lived with his family on several farms in Greene County. He attended school in Churdan and Scranton and graduated from Jefferson High. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II for 39 months, primarily in the transportation corps stationed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia to support the war in the Pacific. He also played the euphonium baritone in the Army Band. Continue reading Clare Hunter, 1921 – 2019

Dennis Kemble, 1942 – 2019

Dennis Michael Kemble, The Keeper of the Fence Row and dancer extraordinaire, was welcomed into Heaven surrounded by his loving family May 10, 2019. He was 76 years of age. A Celebration of Life was held Friday, May 17 at the Panora Community Building in Panora.

Dennis was born August 13, 1942, to Leola (Chayer) and Charley Bill Kemble Jr. in Des Moines. The third of four, he was always a team player. When he wasn’t joking around with his siblings, you could find Denny fishing, hunting, working with his dogs, and playing basketball. He played well into his early 70s, and made it a point to teach his children and grandchildren. Continue reading Dennis Kemble, 1942 – 2019

Carolyn Towers, 1935 – 2019

Carolyn Marie (Lamoureux) Towers joined her beloved husband in heaven, reunited and once again dancing together as they so enjoyed during their 64 years of marriage. A devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, her warmth and nurturing spirit that knew immeasurable love, is already sorely missed.

Carolyn was born in Churdan on May 14, 1935, to her loving parents Rosella (Roper) and Jules Lamoureux. Her father Jules succumbed to cancer when she was only 9 years old and thus began her industrious nature to always help when and where she was needed. Continue reading Carolyn Towers, 1935 – 2019