Connie Thompson, 1931 – 2019

A memorial service was 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 offered 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

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 was held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

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

A private interment was 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