Our Obituaries

Kenneth Louis Mathis

May 2, 1939 - August 7, 2015

Kenneth Louis Mathis, formally of Indianola, died on August 7, 2015 at Genesis Senior Living Center. Services will be held at Peterson Funeral Home 602 E. Salem Indianola, IA 50125 on August 13, 2015 at 2 PM. Kenneth Louis Mathis was born on May 2, 1939 to Alfred and Eunice (Covey) Mathis. He married Janice Funk in 1963 and to this union two daughters were born. He married Deanna Olson on June...
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Leona G Kumm

November 28, 1923 - July 12, 2015

Leona Kumm, age 91 passed away July 12 at Unity Point Health Care Des Moines, Ia. Leona a former employee Simpson College of Indianola, Ia for more than 20 years. She was preceded in death by her husband John Kumm after 50 years of marriage. Survived by daughter, Sharon K Phelps (B0b), Bondurant, IA; son, Larry Kumm, Normal, IL, stepson Philip Kumm Great Falls, MT. 8 grand children and 14 great...
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Joseph Richard Pasa

September 29, 1951 - July 8, 2015

Joseph Richard Pasa, age 63, of Rural Norwalk, passed away early Wednesday, June 8, 2015 at Taylor House Hospice. Joe was born in Centerville, Iowa to Joseph A. and Pauline (Smith) Pasa. Joe and family had lived in St. Marys, Iowa before moving to the Norwalk Community in 1992. Joe worked as a security officer for NPI up until the time of his illness. He loved classic rock music and had played...
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Zula maxine Chandler

November 29, 1920 - June 25, 2015

ZULA MAXINE CHANDLER The only child of Gerald and Edna Freel was born Nov. 29, 1920 and past away June 25, 2015 at the Westview Care Center in Indianola at 94 ½ years of age. She graduated from Liberty Center High School in 1939. She was united in marriage to Harry K. Chandler on Oct. 6,, 1940. To this union one child was born, Norma Jean Chandler Ball. In the early years they farmed in...
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Jerry Torrence

February 10, 1935 - June 19, 2015

} Jerry M. TorrenceNew York City, NYJerry Melville Torrence, 80, passed away on the evening of Friday, June 19 at his home in New York City, after a long bout with mouth cancer. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Judith Douglas Torrence in 2002. Jerry was born on February 10, 1935 in St. Charles, Madison County, Iowa, the only child of James and Laura Dawn Torrence. The family moved to...
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Mary Sue Fickel

January 5, 1956 - May 30, 2015

Mary Sue Fickel, 59, of Indianola passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015. She was born in Ottumwa, Iowa to Alfred Earl and Mary Helen (Billingsley) Fickel, lived in Fairfield, Iowa for two years then moved to Indianola, Iowa. Mary Sue received her education through Winifred Law Opportunity Center in Indianola. She moved to Handicap Village in Clear Lake and Mason City where she lived in the group...
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Junior Dale Broyles

January 1, 1922 - May 24, 2015

Junior Dale Broyles, age 93, passed away early Sunday morning. May 24, 2015 at the Indianola Good Samaritan Center. A resident of Indianola since 1950, he worked for the City of Indianola Street Dept. retiring in 1984. Graveside Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Indianola I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. Survivors include...
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Bertha McNeer

November 23, 1920 - May 17, 2015

Bertha McNeer, age 95 passed away peacefully on Sunday May 17, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Care Center. She was born on November 23, 1920 to Ruth and Dan Trunnell of Lucas County, Iowa. After graduating from Norwood High School in 1938, Bertha took classes over the summer to become a teacher. She started her 43 year career the fall of 1938 in a one room school house in Lucas County. Bertha...
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Betty Betts

September 4, 1925 - May 9, 2015

Betty was born September 4, 1925 in the family home near Panora, Iowa. She attended school in Menlo and later in Guthrie Center, graduating in 1943. After attending teachers training at Simpson College in Indianola she taught school in Country Schools in Guthrie County. Betty married John Betts on August 11, 1946. Two sons were born to this marriage, John Jr. in 1953 and Michael in 1956. Betty ws...
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Doris L. Campbell

October 13, 1922 - April 30, 2015

Doris Lavon Campbell, age 92, was born and raised in Ringgold County Iowa, and had been an Indianola resident since 1946, passed away early Thursday at the Indianola Good Samaritan Center. She was an Avon Products Sales Representative for over 40 years in Indianola and Warren County. Doris had been a member of the VFW Auxillary and Honors Society of Avon. Preceded In death by her parents and...
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Helen May Rupe

November 29, 1930 - April 29, 2015

Helen Rupe passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Westview Care Center in Indianola, Iowa. A memorial funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Indianola First United Methodist Church. Visitation with family will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, prior to services. Burial of ashes will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Indianola. Helen was born on November...
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Margaret Jean Killam-Greener

March 8, 1920 - January 29, 2015

Margaret Killam Greener, 94, of Ft. Worth, Texas, died Jan. 29, 2015, at Universal Hospice, Ft. Worth, Texas from Alzheimer's disease. The body was cremated. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Indianola. Margaret was born in St. Charles, Iowa. Margaret was a homemaker and loved all babies and...
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David Heller

November 20, 1961 - January 19, 2015


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Robert Neil Schreiber

June 25, 1923 - December 22, 2014

Robert Neil Schreiber passed away on Monday, December 22, 2014 at the Wesley Village in Indianola. A private memorial graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. Neil was born on June 25, 1923 in Lucas County, Iowa to Oscar and Gertrude Schreiber (Sones). Neil served his country in the United States...
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Jon P. Mahlstadt

January 2, 1933 - December 17, 2014

Jon P. Mahlstadt, 81, of Indianola, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2014. Jon was born January 2, 1933 in Mason City, IA. He graduated from Indianola High School, served in the Armed Forces and attended Simpson College and Iowa State University. After retiring from the Indianola Post Office, Jon enjoyed working at Peterson's Funeral Home and going to coffee with his friends. Jon is survived...
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Dessa L. White

February 7, 1918 - November 25, 2014

Mrs. Dessa L. White, age 96, passed away on the morning of November 25, 2014 at The Village here in Indianola. Mrs. White was born in Letcher, S. Dakota to Robert and Verna Titus at the farm home. She has been an Indianola resident since 1989. She graduated from Letcher High School in 1935 and went to Yankton College in Yankton, S. Dakota where she received her B.A. degree in 1939. She taught in...
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Alvin E. Sorenson

August 3, 1938 - November 14, 2014

Alvin Edward Sorenson passed away at home on November 14th, 2014. He served his country in France as an Air Force Policeman with his faithful K-9 beside him. He retired from the Indianola Community School District after 20 years. Al is survived by his wife Colleen Sorenson of Fifty-Five Years. Daughters - Becky Bowlin (Mike), Gail Barrell (Mike)- Son, Kent Sorenson (Shawnee). Grandchildren...
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Dorothy Hope Halterman

September 26, 1920 - October 25, 2014

Dorothy Hope Halterman, 94, passed away on October 25, 2014 at home following a lengthy illness. Dorothy was born September 26, 1920 to William and Estella Jane German in Des Moines, Iowa. Dorothy was married January 12, 1939 to Vance S. Halterman. They were blessed with five children, Jerry, William, Joyce (Gene) Bales, Patricia Allen and Peggy Clary. Dorothy was preceded in death by her...
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Gabriel Mathew Stephens

October 5, 2014 - October 5, 2014

Gabriel Mathew Stephens Age Still Born Parents Brooke Donaldson and William Stephens Jr. Grandparents Ed and Mary Donaldson Carol Stephens and Jeff Broderson Graveside Funeral Services 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014 Lorimor Cemetery, Lorimor, Iowa Pastor Larry Graves First Baptist Church, Indianola, Iowa Visitation With family and friends 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ...
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Sally Ann Schoonover

April 24, 1934 - October 5, 2014

Graveside Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Scotch Ridge Cemetery near Carlisle, Iowa. Sally passed away Oct. 5, 2014 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She was 80 years old. Preceded in Death by her husband, Dave(1998) she is survived by her son, Kirk; three sisters, Rosemary (Bill) Yeo, Glenadine (Nolan) Etter and Joyce O'Donnell and one brother, James L....
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Leslie Eugene Johns

September 22, 2014

Leslie Eugene Johns, 59, died September 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Leslie was employed for 9 years with Keane Thummel Trucking in Bedford, IA. He enjoyed being an over the road truck driver and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his companion and good friend Carolyn Morgan; his five children, Jamie (James) Starks of Indianola, Erin Johns of Des...
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Doris G. Currier

January 30, 1921 - September 8, 2014

Doris Grace Currier, 93, born on Jan 30 1921 in Churdan, IA died Sept 8 at The Village of Indianola. Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola at 2 pm Sunday Sept 14th Visitation will be at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola Saturday Sept 13th from 5-7 pm. Doris graduated high school in Fort Dodge. She then attended 2 years at Iowa State University where...
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William Louis Redding

August 15, 2014

It is with heavy sadness that we announce the death of William Louis Redding, who passed on the morning of August 15th, in New Virginia, IA. William, better known as 'Bill' and by many as 'Wild Bill', was born in Eaton Rapids, MI in 1953, but has spent many years of his life between Michigan, Florida, and Iowa. At the early age of 16, Bill joined the U.S. Navy and spent time through the Vietnam...
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Vera L. Piffer

August 4, 1920 - July 30, 2014

Vera L. Piffer, at the age of 93, passed away at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, July 30, 2014 following a Stroke. There will be no services per Vera's wishes. She lived in the same house for 70 years on E. Salem. Vera was preceded in death by her husband John Piffer Sr. She is survived by her children, John Jr.(Susan) Piffer and Kathi (Steve) Pfeifer; grandchildren, Michelle Kelley, Jennifer...
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Stephen Charles Eck

June 2, 1945 - July 26, 2014

Stephen, 69 of Indianola died July 26th at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. The family will receive friends at the Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola on Tuesday, July 29th from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Survivors include his daughter Kathryn (Dustin) Slay and granddaughter Abigail of Little Rock, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will go to a charity focusing on juvenile diabetes research.
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Lois Loretta Hardin

July 13, 2014

Lois Loretta Hardin, 101, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Indianola Good Samaritan. Visitation will be held Sat., July 19, 10:00-11:00 AM at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola. Graveside services immediately following at Scotch Ridge Cemetery. Lois is survived by 7 sons and daughters, Don (Vi) Hardin, Lamoni: Pat (Tex) Gatrel, Des Moines: Carol (Duane) Gilleland, Holly Lake Ranch, TX:...
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William Vernon Gissible

April 18, 1943 - July 9, 2014

William 'Bill' Vernon Gissible, passed away at the age of 71, peacefully at home on the morning of July 9th, 2014. Bill was born on April 18th, 1943 at home in Orient, IA. Bill was the only son of five children born to Vernon and June Gissible. Bill lived the majority of his life around the Des Moines area. He spent the last 22 years near Carlisle, IA. Bill served in the U.S. Army during...
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William Vernon Gissible

April 18, 1943 - July 9, 2014

William 'Bill' Vernon Gissible, passed away at the age of 71, peacefully at home on the morning of July 9th, 2014. Bill was born on April 18th, 1943 at home in Orient, IA. Bill was the only son of five children born to Vernon and June Gissible. Bill lived the majority of his life around the Des Moines area. He spent the last 22 years near Carlisle, IA. Bill served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam...
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Charlotte E. Jacobs

June 16, 1928 - June 15, 2014

Charlotte Eleanor Jacobs 85, of Indianola, died June15, 2014, and was born June 16, 1928 in Indianola, IA to Harold and Vera (Ruble) Anderson of Indianola. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister. Charlotte attended and graduated from Indianola High School where she also lived out her life. She married Charles Alden Jacobs in 1948, and her greatest joy in life was in...
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Marie Brentano

July 26, 1922 - May 14, 2014

Marie Brentano, 91, of Indianola, Iowa, formerly of St. Marys, Iowa, passed away May 14, 2014 at the Indianola, Good Samaritan Society. Visitation will be held at Immaculate Conception Church hall in St. Marys from 5:00 -8:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 with rosary being said at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with...
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Barbara Kay Croat

March 30, 1943 - May 10, 2014

Barbara Croat, 71, of St. Marys, Iowa, passed away Saturday, May 10th. She was born on March 30, 1943 to Glen and Theresa Garner. She graduated from Clarke County High School in Osceola, IA. After graduating she worked at the Younkers Cosmetic Department in Des Moines before marrying Michael Croat in 1962. She stopped working to take care of their children and it was during this time that she...
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Ted A. Fehn, Jr.

April 15, 2014

Ted A. Fehn Jr. age 86, passed away April 15, 2014 at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa. Ted worked most of his life at Meredith Publishing, retiring in 1991. During his working years he became very involved in the labor union and continued to after his retirement. He was inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame in 2012. The John L. Lewis Museum in Lucas was a source of great pride for...
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Paul O. Dudley

February 27, 1927 - April 11, 2014

Paul Ellsworth Dudley, age 87, was born February 27, 1927 in Panora, Iowa to Albert and Ruth (Black )Dudley and passed away April 11, 2014 at Kavanagh on 56th in Des Moines. Paul lived in Panora thru High School, then attended Simpson College in 1944 where he met his future wife Jan Bowman. They were married July 28, 1946 and were married for 67 years. Paul worked in the Printing industry for 52...
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Larry James Nicoletto, Sr.

October 2, 1941 - April 11, 2014

Larry James Nicoletto Sr. age 72, was born Oct. 2, 1941 in Iowa City and passed away April 11, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa. He retired from Firestone after 32 years of service. Larry was a U.S. Army veteran from 1966-1967 in Vietnam. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, bird watching and finding mushrooms. Preceded in death by his wife Beverly and parents, James and Elizabeth Nicoletto. Surviving...
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Joanne D. Blanchard

April 1, 1952 - March 28, 2014

Joanne D. Blanchard, age 61, of Indianola, died Friday, March 28, 2014 at Home She was born to Edward and Ann Cooley. Joanne was married to Keith Blanchard August 10, 1968. She worked as a nurse assistant at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home and as a cook for Little Miracles day care. Joanne was an active member of the American Legion Auxillary and was their chaplain. Joanne is survived by her...
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Bernice Marie Putz

April 5, 1916 - March 19, 2014

Bernice Putz Bernice Putz, age 97, of Indianola, IA, who resided in Kirby, AR passed away on March 19th, 2014. She was born on April 5th, 1916, at Zell, South Dakota, the daughter of Clyde and Martha Parrish. On August 17th, 1938 she was married to Vernon Albert Putz who preceded her in death on December 21, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Ross...
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Shannon Christine Anderson

April 16, 1982 - March 8, 2014

Shannon Christine Anderson, age 31, passed away March 8, 2014 at home in Indianola. She was born in Des Moines, grew up in Indianola; attending both Irving and Whittier elementary schools until the 6th grade; moving to Des Moines and graduating from Lincoln High School in 2000. Between 2000 and 2010 Shannon was a new accounts rep. for Community Choice Credit Union. Survivors include her parents,...
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Pauline Frances Einstein

November 17, 1923 - March 7, 2014

Pauline Frances Einstein, passed on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Regency Care Center in Norwalk. Pauline was born on November 17, 1923 to George and Lillian (Keniston) Lamb. Pauline met her husband Joseph Van Sant Einstein at their workplace in Plymouth MA. and were married on February 17, 1952. They moved to Indianola, Iowa in 1956. Pauline first started work at the Maidrite on highway 92 then moved...
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John P Hastie

May 23, 1919 - February 27, 2014

John P. Hastie, 94, of Indianola passed away peacefully at home Feb. 27, 2014 in the presence of his Family. He was born to Herman and Lucy Hastie of the Scotch Ridge Community. He was married to Mary Ellen Sheehey. They were blessed with nine children. He retired from the Colonial Bakery as a Semi Driver. He is survived by his children, Mary Lu (Edwin) Wignall of Marshalltown, Rita Jo (Barry)...
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Steve Brommel

August 4, 1964 - February 25, 2014

Steven Lambert Brommel, age 49, was born August 4, 1964 and passed away at the Harmony House in Waterloo on February 25, 2014. Steven had been in a motorcycle accident suffering brain injury in 1986. Before the accident he worked for Moehl Millworks. He was a graduate of Interstate 35 Schools. Survivors include his mother, Janet Wadle; father, Ronald (Charlotte) Brommel, brother; Rodney (Tammy)...
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Pauline Emma Brink

January 28, 1919 - February 20, 2014

Pauline Emma (Rueter) Brink Pauline passed away Thursday February 20, 2014 at the age of 95. Visitation will be Sunday February 23, 2014 from 6-8 p, at Peterson's Funeral Home, Indianola, IA. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 pm. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday February 25, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Ocheyedan, Iowa at 1 pm with interment at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery...
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Kathryn Kooyman Wood

December 12, 1930 - February 17, 2014

On February 17,2014 Kathryn passed on at Carrington Place in Toledo Iowa. Kathryn Kooyman Wood was born on 12/12/1930 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berl J. Kooyman Sr and Iva Murrow Kooyman. She grew up in Swan Iowa. The family then moved to a farm outside of Palmyra Iowa. Kathryn grew up helping harness the draft horses, riding a draft horse home from the field. She also helped her Mother with the...
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Helen Pace

February 8, 1928 - February 6, 2014

Helen Lorene Baldwin Pace left this life to meet her maker, Feb. 6, 2014. Helen was born on Feb. 8, 1923 in Lamar , MO. to James and Ethel (Ball) Baldwin.Helen grew up in OK and MO., graduating with honors from Sarcoxie , MO. in 1941.Helen was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard SPARS during W.W. II.Helen married Earl D. Pace of Des Moines , IA on Sept. 2, 1944. After both were discharged from the...
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Ronald Gene Swedenburg

December 20, 1928 - January 29, 2014

Ronald Gene Swedenburg passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the First Assembly of God Church in Indianola. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, the evening prior at the First Assembly of God Church. Ronald was born on December 20, 1928 in Danville, Iowa to...
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Brenda Lee Nellis-Whitlatch

December 15, 1958 - January 2, 2014

Brenda Lee Nellis Whitlatch, 55 years old, went home to be with her loved ones in heaven on January 2nd 2014. She was residing in Indianola, Iowa at the time. Brenda was born in Winterset, Iowa, December 15, `1958 to Lucille Nellis-Wrigley and Louie Adkins. She is survived by her father, Louie Adkins of Jamaica, Iowa; son. Vernon Nellis Sr. of Pattonsburg, MO.; her sister Sue Clark of...
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Laura Louvada (Hicks) Plambeck

October 4, 1918 - December 23, 2013

LAURA HICKS PLAMBECK Laura Louvada (Hicks) Plambeck was born October 4, 1918 in Taylor County, IA to Charles and Fannie Weller, and passed away peacefully December 23, 2013 at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Laura attended Iowa State Teachers College and taught in the Prescott and Gravity schools. In 1941, Laura married her high school sweetheart, Corwyn Hicks. After Corwyn's service in...
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Fern Opal Neumann

June 5, 1920 - December 9, 2013

Fern Opal Neumann, daughter of Paul and Cecil McClintic., passed away December 9, 2013 in Southhaven, MS. Fern was a long time resident of Indianola; born June 5, 1920 in Indianola. She served as President of the Hawthorne PTA, was President of ABW president and belonged to the church circles, she was a life time member of the Rebekah Lodge and the VFW. She was a master cook, excellent...
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Henry Dean Beeler

October 3, 1943 - November 25, 2013

Mr. Henry Dean Beeler, age 70, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013 at Regency Care Center in Norwalk. A memorial visitation will be held from 3-5 pm. Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola, Iowa. Henry's ashes will be buried in the IOOF Cemetery at a later date. Henry was born in Indianola, Iowa on October 3, 1943 to Guy and Harriett Beeler. Henry was a veteran of...
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Mike D. Smith

November 17, 2013

Mr. Mike D. Smith, age 60, passed away Sunday November 17, 2013 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Born in Long Beach, California he had lived in the Des Moines area since 1999. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served nine years. Mike worked as a car lot porter for KIA of Des Moines. Surviving are his children; Josh (Tracie) Smith of Polk City, Jeri Smith of Des Moines and Janell...
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Virginia L. Cornell

August 28, 1926 - November 16, 2013

Virginia (Hutchcroft) Cornell, 87, went home to the Lord on Saturday, November 16, 2013, from her country home in rural Ackworth, Iowa. Virginia was born on August 28, 1926 near the rural Pleasant Hill Community in southwest Warren County, Iowa. She was the third child of Fred and Cena Hutchcroft. Virginia was raised on the farm in southwest Warren County and graduated from Indianola High School...
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John Michael Fehn

November 5, 1950 - November 13, 2013

John, age 63, passed away November 13, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Born in Kansas City, Missouri to Ted and Virginia (Goodeyon) Fehn Jr. had lived in Hartford, Iowa before moving to Indianola for the Past 39 years. John had been an employee of Allied Insurance. His favorite pastimes were his horses and square Dancing. John had recently been attending First Church of Christ...
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Forrest C. Nelson

February 4, 1929 - November 10, 2013

Forrest Christopher Nelson was born in Beacon, Iowa on February 4, 1929, to Chris and Laura Nelson. He attended the Beacon school through 8th grade and graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1946. As a boy he was a Boy Scout and loved camping. Through high school he worked as a movie projectionist. After graduation he worked at Ideal Manufacturing in Oskaloosa. In 1951 he was drafted into the...
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Tw June Alexander

May 25, 1968 - October 1, 2013

Twyla June Alexander went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the age of 45. Twyla was born May 25, 1968 at the Iowa City hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1986. She also graduated from Des Moines Area Community College in 1989 with a Culinary Arts Degree. She was a loving wife and mother. Twyla is survived by her husband Carl; daughter, Crystal...
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Avis Isabel Forman

April 15, 1923 - September 8, 2013

Medora, Iowa Avis (Isabel) Forman, 90 years old, passed away on September 8, 2013 at Mercy hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Isabel was born April 15, 1923 in Medora, Iowa; the daughter of Viril and Zola (Taggart) Edwards. She was united in marriage to Fred Forman March 13, 1942 in Ames, Iowa. After raising their two sons, Joe and Steve she went to work in Des Moines for Blue Cross Blue Shield and...
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Delbert L Neese

January 28, 1932 - August 25, 2013

Delbert Neese Indianola, Iowa Delbert Lowell Neese passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 25, 2013 at the age of 81 years, 7 months at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born January 28, 1932 in Collins, Iowa. He attended Collins schools. Delbert was raised on the family farm south of Collins. He was married to Doris Smothers for 33 years. To this union they...
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Helen E. Horton

April 1, 1920 - August 22, 2013

Helen Horton Indianola, Iowa Helen Elaine Brammer, born April 1, 1920 in Grand River, IA, peacefully passed from this life on August 22, 2013 at her home in Indianola, Iowa. She was retired from Iowa Power & Light, was an active member of Indianola Regular Baptist Church, as well as a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She was preceded in...
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Laura Elaine Houghton

September 8, 1946 - August 21, 2013

Laura Elaine Houghton, AKA Elaine, of Indianola, IA passed away on August 21, 2013 at the age of 66. Surviving family members include her husband of 46 years, Russell of Indianola; her children, Russell, Jesse, Jennifer and Keith of Indianola, Rachel and Aaron of Covington, Ga.; her grandchildren, Kelsey and Aurora of Indianola; her siblings, Roger and Elaine Rockwell of Puyallup, Wash., Kenneth...
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Robert Dean Williams

August 22, 1929 - July 29, 2013

Robert Dean (Bob) Williams passed away July 29, 2013, at The Village in Indianola after a long battle with cancer. Bob was born in Montgomery County, Iowa, the eldest son of Paul G. and Pauline Abbey Williams. He graduated from Villisca High School in 1947. His rich agricultural heritage proved to be a strong influence throughout his life, as a progressive voice for environmental stewardship...
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Constance 'Connie' Solomon

December 16, 1930 - July 26, 2013

CONNIE OGAN SOLOMON Born and raised in Indianola, Connie was married to Gene Solomon from Edinburgh, Illinois, in 1956. Both of them were music teachers. Unfortunately Gene passed away after the family of six (twin girls and 2 younger boys) had moved to Boise, Idaho, where he died suddenly. Connie cared for her four children, moving back to Indianola to be near family. She became the...
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Carolyn Arlene Harryman

September 8, 1938 - July 24, 2013

Carolyn Arlene Harryman, age 74 passed from this world July 24, 2013 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines. She was born South of Indianola Sept.8, 1938 and had lived in and around Indianola and Ackworth, IA. all of her life. Carolyn had been a long time employee of Look Magazine in Des Moines. Her living family include her husband, James Walter Harryman of Indianola; sons, James B. (Becky)...
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Georgia - Wisdom

February 13, 1924 - July 18, 2013

Georgia Wisdom, age 89, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Westview Care Center in Indianola. Graveside funeral services will be held Monday, July 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm. at the Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Peterson Funeral Home, then11a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday prior to services at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home ...
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Francis Henry Bussanmas

June 2, 1924 - July 14, 2013

Mr. Francis H. Bussanmas. Age 89, passed away July 14, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born June 2, 1924 near St. Marys, Iowa to V.H. And Mary (McHugh) Bussanmas. Francis served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict and began a life of work starting with A E Dairy, then with Lippold Hardware, then doing work for Godwin Brothers, Custom Built Homes and Kordick Plumbing...
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Fern Nadean Downey

February 25, 1914 - June 26, 2013

Fern Nadean Downey passed away June 26, 2013 at the Westview Care Center at the age of 99.She was born to Earnest Gibson and Clara Ellen (Bassett) Adamson on February 25, 1914 in Pleasantville, Iowa. Fern was united in marriage to Loren Bruce Downey on November 13, 1929.From this union five children were born; Norma, Dwight, Duane, Gary and Darrell. Loren and Nadean were employed at the Anderson...
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Carl Eugene Russell

August 19, 1934 - June 25, 2013

Carl Eugene Russell, age 78, of New Virginia, Iowa and formerly of Avon Lake near Carlisle, Iowa, was born near Bethany, Missouri to Virgil W. and Gladys (Clevenger) Russell, and passed away early Tuesday morning, June 25, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Carl was a long time welder for the AMF Company and continued farming after retirement where he was living for the last 38 years near New...
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Victor Edmund Jensen, Sr.

May 19, 1941 - June 3, 2013

Victor E. Jensen Sr. age 72, the son of Edmund and LaVera (Hansen) Jensen was born in Harlan, Iowa May 19, 1941 and passed away Monday, June 3, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Victor attended country school near Harlan, Iowa and City school in Gray and Audubon, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1958,. was honorably discharged in 1960, married the mother of his three sons,...
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Michael Trimble

September 19, 1943 - May 4, 2013

Michael Trimble Indianola Michael Trimble, age 69, of Indianola, passed away May 4, 2013, at Carlisle Care Center in Carlisle. Michael was born on September 19, 1943, to Charles and Audrey Trimble. Michael worked for Allied Handling as a materials and shop manager. He graduated from valley High School and lived in West Des Moines until moving to Indianola in 1979. Michael was an avid...
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Donald Ray Oxenford

July 26, 1933 - April 28, 2013

Donald Ray Oxenford passed away at Madrid Home on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Donald was born on July 26, 1933 in Lake City, Iowa to Vivian and Leo Oxenford. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am. at the First Baptist Church in Indianola with burial to follow in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Lake City, Iowa. Visitation with family will be from 5-7 pm. Thursday at Peterson...
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Nancy Jane Valentine

September 18, 1934 - April 24, 2013

Nancy Jane (Greenlee) Valentine Indianola Nancy Jane Greenlee Valentine, 78, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at her residence at The Good Samaritan Center, where she has lived for the last seven years. Jane, the daughter of Grace (Schwilck) and Earl Greenlee was born September 18, 1934 in Ottumwa, IA. She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1951. Jane married Gene Parks in 1954 and to...
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Sarah E. Tillotson

November 4, 1919 - April 16, 2013

Sarah E. Tillotson, age 93, of rural St. Marys, passed away early Tuesday morning at Wesley the Village in Indianola. She grew up around the Ackworth and Beech communities; the daughter of Elmer and Mabel (Septer) Conklin and sister to Ada Catherine and Joseph Clyde.. Sarah and her husband Arlie and son Keith Miller farmed and raised cattle on their farm just North of St. Marys, Iowa.. Preceding...
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Marvi Philip Surber

April 24, 1952 - February 13, 2013

Marvin Philip Surber, age 60 , a life long resident of Indianola was born in Des Moines and passed away at his home in Indianola February 13, 2013. Marvin joined the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and served until the end of 1991; most of the time as a in-flight fuel boom operator. He had been a member of the masonic Lodge, following in his father Lloyd's footsteps. Marvin was preceded in death by his...
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Lena (Lee) P. Haley

February 13, 1923 - January 15, 2013

OBITUARY OF LENA P. HALEY Lena (Lee) P. (Riddle) Haley, of Des Moines, was born February 13, 1923 in Chilhowee, Missouri and passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Memorial...
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E. Virginia Everly

August 16, 1938 - December 29, 2012

Celebrating the Life of Virginia Everly Virginia Everly, 74, of Indianola was born August 16th, 1938. She was united in marriage to Steven Everly of Pisgah, West Virginia on October 1, 1955. Virginia passed away at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at 9:05 pm on December 29th. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Maxine. Virginia is survived by her...
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Larry Dean Peters, Sr.

October 24, 1942 - December 19, 2012

Mr. Larry Dean Peters Sr, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at his home here in Indianola. Larry was born in Saratoga, Iowa, served in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam, serving with the 82nd Airborne, and has lived in Indianola for many years running an appliance repair business. He was a member of American Legion Post # 165 in Indianola, was the current Noble Grand of I.O.O.F. Lodge #70...
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Byron S. White

May 10, 1916 - December 8, 2012

Byron Samuel White, 96, of Indianola passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Mercy Hospice House in Johnston. Born May 10, 1916 in Farrar, Ia., the son of Samuel Bart and Bessie Goode White. Byron married Maxine May Speas on February 19, 1940. They had two children, Joanne and Gene. Byron farmed most of his life and ended his career in Warren County, near Lacona. After retirement, Byron...
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Gor Thorn

January 16, 1929 - November 6, 2012

Gordon Craig Thorn, 83, Hamilton, Missouri, passed away on November 6, 2012, at his home. He had formerly lived in Des Moines, Iowa, and the state of California, before moving to Hamilton nine years ago. Gordon was born on January 16, 1929, in Indianola, Iowa, to Theodore Alden and L. Lorraine Gordon Thorn. Gordon was a 1946 graduate of the Indianola High School. He had served our country...
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Vada Miller-Meidlinger

August 9, 1914 - October 26, 2012

Vada (Miller) Meidlinger, 98, died Friday, October 26. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Indianola, Iowa. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola. A prayer service will start at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be in Calvar Cemetery near Chruchville, Iowa Vada was born in East Peru, IA...
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John C. Byrd, Sr.

August 6, 1921 - October 22, 2012

John C. Byrd , of Indianola died Monday October 22, 2012 at the Indianola Good Samaritan. John had been a member of the Masons, Cantons, Encampment, Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and American Legion for many years. At the time of his death he was a member of the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and the American Legion. He was grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Iowa,1998-1999 and was Grand Master of the...
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Vera M. Eakins

January 18, 1920 - October 22, 2012

Vera passed away Monday, October 22, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Beryl in 2004; daughter, Linda Davis; sister, Ruby Renfrew and brothers Verle and Orbie Brittian. Surviving are her children, Larry (Joan) Eakins, Betty (Duane) Chance, Charlotte (Ron) Brommel; son-in-law Robert Davis; 19 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 21...
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David E. Martsching

January 10, 1944 - October 12, 2012

David Edward Martsching, age 68, passed away October 12, 2012 at home in the comfort of his family.He grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, served several tours of duty in the U.S. Navy during Viet Nam,worked for many years and retiring from the U.S. Postal Service as a tool and parts clerk and was co-owner of One Stop Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop in Indianola. He was a member of American Legion Post # 165 in...
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Ardyce Louise Newell

July 31, 1935 - October 5, 2012

Ardyce L. Newell, age 77, of Indianola passed away October 5, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Born in Osceola she has lived in Indianola since 1963. Ardyce worked for and retired from The Good Samaritan Center after 20+ years of service. She had served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Indianola First Baptist Church. Preceding in death were her parents; husband, Fred Newell;...
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Arthur Gene Linsley

June 6, 1926 - October 1, 2012

Arthur G. Linsley, age 86, of rural Indianola was born June 6, 1926 on a Farm near Perry, Iowa to Harry and Marie Linsley and passed away October 1, 2012 at the Westview Care Center in Indianola. He graduated from Truro High School in 1945, was married to Marjorie Blackford in 1949 and served with the US Army in Korea from 1952 to 1954. Following his service to his Country they moved to Berwick,...
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Ellen E. Collins

January 6, 1918 - September 26, 2012

Ellen E. Collins, age 94, a resident of Indianola since the 1990's, passed away early Wednesday morning , September 26, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and had been a long time member of the Indianola Senior Center. Ellen was preceded in death by her life partner, Gene Gordan; sisters, Wilma Wymer and Ruth Siegenthaler; brother, Miles...
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Lorraine "Nifty" Curtis McNeer

October 17, 1920 - September 1, 2012

Lorraine Curtis McNeer, "LC" or "Nifty" to many friends and family, was born October 17, 1920 in Lucas County, Iowa to Avery and Iva(Curtis) McNeer. Nifty passed away at Good Samaritan Care Center in Indianola on September 1, 2012 at the age of 91. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola with burial in the Norwood Cemetery in...
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Barbara Jean Weist

October 16, 1928 - August 12, 2012

Barbara Jean Weist nee Van Patten, 83. Beloved wife of the late Ward L. and daughter of the late Loyd and Ethel Van Patten. Sister of the late Lynn and Duane Van Patten. Surviving family members include: Step-children Patricia Richartz, Dorothy Weist, and Barbara Hoskins; Nephew: Gary Lynn Van Patten; Nieces: Vee Ann Steponovich and Sue Van Patten; Step-grandchildren: Susan and Lisa Richartz,...
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Shirley Wanita Freeman

August 12, 2012

Shirley W. Freeman, 88 of Indianola died August 12, 2012 at home. Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 am. Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola. Mrs Freeman was a long time resident of rural Prole, IA before moving to Indianola. Born in San Diego, CA, Mrs. Freeman graduated from Davenport Central High School and worked for the U.S Weather Bureau prior to her...
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Wayne Howard Hollingsworth

January 17, 1952 - August 10, 2012

Wayne Howard Hollingsworth, age 60, died at his residence Friday, August 10, 2012. He was the son of Howard and Norma (Lettington) Hollingsworth. He grew up in Indianola; the last to be born at the Indianola Hospital, served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and had lived in Missouri before coming back to Iowa. A memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012 at Peterson...
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Fern Marie Ball

January 25, 1920 - August 3, 2012

Fern Marie Ball, 92, of Kansas City, formerly of Indianola, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Friday, August 3. A loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was born January 25, 1920, in Wayne County, IA. She graduated from Drake University with a degree in Education and went on to teach elementary school for 38 years, touching hundreds of lives with her...
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Sophia Wiekierak

March 27, 1923 - August 3, 2012

Obituary for Sophia Wiekierak Sophia Wiekierak, 89, died at Good Samaritan – Indianola on August 3, 2012. Sophia was a devoted wife and mother. She loved visiting with family and friends, golfing, dancing with her husband, oil painting, flowers, birds and butterflies, and her collection of angel figurines. She enjoyed "a good cup of coffee" and all things chocolate. Her family is deeply...
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Velma Ann Baughman

April 16, 1916 - May 17, 2012

Surrounded by family, Velma Baughman, 96, died peacefully at her home in Indianola, Iowa, on May 17, 2012. Born in Russell, Iowa, on April 12, 1916, she was the daughter of Thomas Claude and Myrtle Rebecca Storm Chapman. She graduated in 1933 from Russell High School, Russell, Iowa, where she participated in classroom activities and appeared in school plays. Velma married Cleo A. Baughman of...
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Lloyd E. Surber

March 10, 1916 - May 5, 2012

Lloyd E. Surber, age 96 Mission, TX, Formerly of Indianola Lloyd, passed away May 5, 2012 in a V.A. facility in McAllen, Texas. A long time Indianola resident he had been living in Texas full time since 2003. Lloyd had owned a blacksmith shop from 1948 until 1960 then he went to work for the Armstrong Tire and Rubber Co. retiring in 1977. Lloyd served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII....
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Wallace Parmer

February 19, 2012 - April 11, 2012

Rev. Wallace Parmer, 89, passed away on April 11, 2012 at The Wesley Village nursing home in Indianola. A memorial service will be held at The Village, 1203 North E ST, Indianola, IA. on April 16, 2012 at 10 am., with arrangements by Peterson Funeral Home. Inurnment of cremains will be held at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery Columbarium in Marshalltown, Iowa. Wallace Arthur Parmer was...
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David C. Mouzakis

March 3, 1950 - April 1, 2012

David C. Mouzakis, 62, passed away peacefully at home with his family on April 1, 2012. A Celebration of Life will be held at Peterson's Funeral Home in Indianola on Saturday, April 7th; visitation beginning at 9:30 am; with the service being held at 11:00 am. Private burial of cremains will be held at a later date. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Cathy Mouzakis and Tessie Horton...
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Virginia Fehn

March 4, 2012

Virginia R. Fehn Indianola Virginia passed away March 4, 2012, in the emergency room of Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Born in Beloit, Kansas, she and her husband and son lived in Hartford before moving to rural Indianola for the last 37 years. She was a wonderful homemaker for her family. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Peterson Funeral Home in...
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Richard W. Orr

June 15, 1937 - March 4, 2012

Dick passed away early Sunday morning at his home in Indianola following a lengthy battle with cancer. He attended the University of Iowa; owned and operated J.J. Orr and Son furniture store and carpet business that his great grandfather, grandfather and father had also been a part of and closed it January 2012 after 106 years of business. Dick was active in the Indianola community his entire...
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LaVonne Bertelson

February 21, 2012

LaVonne June (Fitch) Sharp-Bertelson passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at age 87 at the Good Samaritan Center in Indianola where she resided the past 2 years. LaVonne was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa on August 19, 1924 to Dr. Hugh C. Fitch, DVM and Christie Mae (Stevens) Fitch. She was the oldest of 3 children. LaVonne played the oboe and clarinet in her high school marching band. She...
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Virginia Nelson

January 7, 2012

Virginia Nelson of Indianola, Iowa, was reunited in heaven with her parents, two brothers and sister on January 7, 2012. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Services will be held January 12, 2012 at10:30 a.m. at the Indianola First United Methodist Church with Visitation from 9 a.m. to service time. Memorials may be made to HCI of Knoxville or the Indianola First United Methodist...
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Marilyn Jean Foust

June 5, 1938 - January 1, 2012

Marilyn J. Foust, 73, of Hollister, Missouri, and longtime resident of Indianola, Iowa died unexpectedly Sunday evening, January 1, 2012 in her home on Lake Taneycomo. She was born on June 5, 1938 in Warren County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Mary McPherson. She was valedictorian, homecoming queen, and proud graduate of Spring Hill High School in 1956 where she enjoyed riding her horse to...
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Florence Iola Schreiber

December 29, 2011

Florence "Iola" Schreiber, age 84, passed away December 29, 2011 in the presence of her loving family. She fought a courageous battle with colon cancer for three and a half years. Iola was born May 2, 1927 to Daniel and Ruth Trunnell. She graduated Valedictorian from Norwood High School and attended Simpson College. On March 23, 1946 Iola was united in marriage to Robert N. Schreiber. She worked...
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Dale E. Goodwin

November 19, 2011

Dale E. Goodwin Indianola Dale Edward Goodwin, age 88, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011 at The Village in Indianola. He was born in Tama, Iowa and he and Marjorie moved to Indianola in 1957. Dale worked as a loss prevention manager for IMT insurance co. for 22 years, retiring in 1988. His memberships include Shrine crippled childrens hospital board, First United Methodist Church,...
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Bette Claire Tharp

October 4, 2011

Bette Claire Tharp Indianola Bette C. Tharp, age 82, a resident of Indianola since 1958 passed away early Tuesday morning at the Indianola Good Samaritan Center. Bette was born in Randolph, Nebraska and had lived in Des Moines before moving to Indianola. She was a long time employee of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Funeral services 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Peterson funeral...
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