Funeral notices

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Gunion, 88, longtime resident of Grand Junction, more recently of Hiawatha. Services: Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 pm at Slininger-Schroeder  Funeral Home, Jefferson 515-386-2171. Interment: Dawson Township Cemetery. Survivors: children Mark Gunion, Doug (Carleen) Gunion, Beth (Alan) Tribble, and Lisa (Matt) Gunion-Rinker; sister-in-law Mavis Busch; and other relatives and friends.

Sandy Scheuermann, 65, of Scranton. Services: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11 am at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson,  515-386-2171. Interment: Franklin Township Cemetery at Cooper. Visitation: Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm. Survivors: husband Gary; children Tim (Denise) Scheuermann of Halbur, Dan (Kathy) Scheuermann of Jefferson, Matt Scheuermann and Tammy (Brian) Fagen of Carroll,  Rod (Laura) Scheuermann of Scranton,  and Tracey Scheuermann of Gaston, SC; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Rick (Debbie) Rice of Florence, SC, and Jim Rice of Scranton; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

William (Bill) F. Lawton, 86, of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Jefferson, passed away at Archstone Care Center on July 12, 2019. Services: Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 am at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Visitation: one hour prior to the service. Celebration of Life luncheon following the service at the church. Interment: private ceremony at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery.  Bill is survived by his wife, Jo Ella (Shearman); sons Craig Lawton and his wife Alexandra Lanza of Daniel Island, SC, Kurt Lawton and his partner Shelli Baufield of Eden Prairie, MN,  Tom Lawton and his wife Cae of Jefferson, and Rob Lawton and his partner Cesar Montoya of Annapolis, MD; grandchildren Seth Lawton and wife Carol of Carlisle, PA, Brad Lawton and wife Jacalyn of Houston, TX, Nick Lawton of Columbus, OH, Monica Lawton of Oakland, CA, Matt Lawton of Truckee, CA, Tanner Lawton and wife Amber of Jefferson, Tiffany (Lawton) Sohm and husband Wade of Grand Junction, andTrevor Lawton of Jefferson; and great-grandchildren Lily, Ella, Tate, Harper, Hudson and Marcus. Two brothers are also surviving: Don Lawton and wife Elise of Houston, TX, and Bob Lawton and wife Bea of Waukee, IA. Slininger Schroeder Funeral Home, 515-386-2171, is assisting the family. Instead of flowers, Bill and family request memorial donations to Greenbrier United Methodist Church (2203 J Ave., Bagley, IA 50026) and GiGi’s Play House, a Downs Syndrome Achievement Center (6507 University Ave., Windsor Heights, IA 50324).


Betty Gunion, 1930 – 2019

A Celebration of Life service will be 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 will offer words of comfort. Danille Curtis will be pianist. Honorary bearers will to Todd Busch, Woody DeForest, Tom Butler, Scott Butler, Lawrence Rold and Harold Osterman.

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

Sandy Scheuermann, 1954 – 2019

Sandra Kay Rice Scheuermann, daughter of Ruby and Bill Haynes and Don Rice, was born June 30, 1954, in Jefferson. Sandy died August 18, 2019, at her home in Scranton, Iowa with her family by her side. She was 65 years old.

Sandy grew up in Jefferson and graduated from Jefferson High School. She had a love for learning and over the years continued her education by taking online classes with Purdue University Global and was close to finishing up her bachelor’s degree before she became ill. Continue reading Sandy Scheuermann, 1954 – 2019

William Lawton, 1933 – 2019

A celebration of the life of Bill Lawton, 86, of Cooper will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

Words of comfort will be offered by Pastor Larry Monthei of Hope United Methodist Parish. The eulogy, “Inspiration through Action: Family, Farming, Food and Cyclones,” will be given by Rob Lawton.

A private interment will be done at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery. Continue reading William Lawton, 1933 – 2019

Theodore Ely, 1937 – 2019

Theodore Leroy Ely of Jefferson was born to Everett and Henrietta (Gibson) Ely in Guthrie County on January 6, 1937.

Ted was very talented in a number of disciplines. He was a builder, craftsman, and an arborist. He planted thousands of evergreens that he produced around Greene County that can be seen protecting farms from bitter north winds to this day. He raised and sold many more as Christmas trees while teaching fulltime. Continue reading Theodore Ely, 1937 – 2019

Eula Mae Hicks, 1922 – 2019

Eula Mae (Anderson) Hicks was called home just five days shy of her 97th birthday, August 3, 2019. Eula was born August 8, 1922, to Herbert and Delia (Bishop) Anderson, on the family farm in Greene County..

While working as a soda jerk in Churdan, Eula caught the eye of Milton “Red” Hicks and the two were united in marriage July 5, 1946. Red and Eula would welcome four children into the world; Donald, Beverly, Donna and Milton “Butch”. Continue reading Eula Mae Hicks, 1922 – 2019

Betty Larson, 1930 – 2019

Services were held Aug. 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson for Betty Jeanne Larson, 89, of rural Jefferson.

Words of comfort were offered by commissioned pastor Wendy Pittman of First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson and Pastor Larry Monthei of Hope United Methodist Church of Cooper. Gary Haupert was soloist, accompanied by Cheryl Nailor. Honorary bearers were Jami Szwejk, Leslie Welter, Levi Larson, Lakota Larson, Haily Larson and Autumn Larson.

Casket bearers were Christopher Dela Pole, Grant Custer, Mitchell Larson, Reed Larson, Nick Welter, Jeff Szwejk and Alex Contreras. Interment was  at the Franklin Township Cemetery. Continue reading Betty Larson, 1930 – 2019

Doris Holz, 1928 – 2019

Services will be held Aug. 6 at First United Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction for Doris Jean Holz, 91, of Rippey.

Words of comfort will be offered by commissioned Pastor Wendy Pittman. Meladee Graven and Kathy Carroll will be soloists, accompanied by Janet Wills. Honorary bearers will be Kathy Carroll and Margaret Holz.

Casket bearers will be Joshua Holz, Christopher Holz, Daniel Holz, Peter Holz, William Holz and Sarah Holz. Interment will be at the Junction Township Cemetery west of Grand Junction. Continue reading Doris Holz, 1928 – 2019

Donna Blair, 1932 – 2019

Services were held Aug. 5 at St Joseph Catholic Church for Donna Blair, 86, of Jefferson, formerly of Paton.

Father John Gerald was celebrant of the Mass of the Resurrection. Sheilah Pound was soloist, accompanied by Lois Last.

Casket bearers were David Blair, Jay Blair, Jack Fredrickson, Brent Goughnour, Ron Fick and Larry Fatka. Interment was at the Paton Township Cemetery. Continue reading Donna Blair, 1932 – 2019

Ronald Neil Toliver, 1937-2019

Services will be held Aug. 2 at First Baptist Church in Churdan for Ron Toliver, 82, of Churdan. Interment will be at the Highland Township Cemetery with full military honors conducted by a Camp Dodge honor guard and the Churdan American Legion post.

Services are arranged by Brown Funeral Home of Jefferson.

Ron Toliver, the son of Lloyd and Yvonne (Briner) Toliver, was born February 18, 1937, at Churdan, and departed this life on July 29, 2019, at the Greene County Medical Center. He lived his life to the age of 82 years, 5 months and 11 days. Continue reading Ronald Neil Toliver, 1937-2019

Barbara Freeman, 1942 – 2019

Barbara Joan Freeman, 77, of Jefferson passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Greene County Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life was held July 25 at The Dwelling Place in Jefferson. Pastor Rod Block  officiated.

Barbara was born in Carroll on June 24, 1942, the daughter of Floyd Raymond and Ruth Irene (Gibson) Monthei. Barb attended her younger school years in Cooper and was a 1960 graduate of Jefferson High School. Continue reading Barbara Freeman, 1942 – 2019

Duane ‘Shorty’ Clark, 1936 – 2019

Duane D. “Shorty” Clark, the son of Grant and Velma (Steward) Clark was born February 1, 1936, in Adaza in Greene County. He departed this life July 23, 2019, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. He lived his life to the age of 83 years, 5 months and 22 days.

Shorty graduated from Churdan High School in 1954. He was a member of the Iowa National Guard from 1952-1958. Shorty was united in marriage to Joyce Miller on Dec. 23, 1955, at the Scranton Methodist Church. Three children were born to this union, Teresa, Bret, and Sherry. Continue reading Duane ‘Shorty’ Clark, 1936 – 2019