Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mildred Stiles Alexander Celebrates her 102 Birthday

Mildred Stiles Alexander will be celebrating her 102nd birthday on April 26, 2014.  The family is hosting a card shower in her honor.  Please send your birthday wishes to Mildred Stiles Alexander, 1500 Edgewater #304,  The Shores, Pleasanthill, IA  50327.

Sarah Thorne Celebrates her 100th Birthday

  Sarah Louise McCoy Thorne will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  She is the mother of William Thorne, Carolyn (Don) mcFarland, Virginia (Jerry) Etter, Joyce (Jim) Polo all of Chariton;  Glenn (Trya) Thorne of Trenton MO. and the late Frank and Richard Thorne.
  The family is hosting a card shower to honor Sarah.  Her  address is 1214 N. 7th St. Chariton, Iowa 50049

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Charlene Meyer is Celebrating her 95th Birthday

Charlene Meyer will be celebrating her 95th birthday on March 31st.  If you would like to send her a card, her address is 1110 N. Sixth Street #35, Chariton, Iowa  50049.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Williston "Bill" Morse, Jr. 98

Williston "Bill" Morse Jr., 98, of Corydon formerly of Russell passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center.
Bill was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska the only child to Williston Morse Sr. and his wife Etta (Giesman) Morse. He attended country school as a child that was lighted with kerosene lamps and heated with a potbellied stove. Bill graduated from high school in Table Rock, Nebraska in 1933. Bill was united in marriage to Mabel Mertes on October 12, 1940. Due to the severe drought and depression in the Midwest, he and Mable moved to California where he was employed at Kaiser Shipyard. While working at the shipyard, Bill enrolled in night school to study arc welding. 
After 10 years in California, they returned back to the Midwest where Bill became employed by Solar Aircraft in Des Moines. He helped pioneer the welding of titanium. Bill became about one of a dozen welders in the United States that was certified by the Air Force to weld titanium. Bill and Mabel would later buy a farm in the Chariton area. He finished his working career at Johnson Machine Works in Chariton, retiring in the early 1980's. Bill enjoyed raising cattle and a large garden. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and attending fairs of all kind from local to state to world fairs. Bill was a past member of the Russell Lions Club and the Allerton Harvest Time Church. He enjoyed his time at the church activities. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Mable Morse and his parents.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton with Rev. Ronald Wallace officiating. Interment will be in Chariton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center. Condolences may be shared at

Monday, February 17, 2014

Floydie Woodrow Gwinn

Floydie Woodrow Gwinn was born September 5, 1915 to Amos Keller and Lulu Edna (Randolph) Gwinn in Lucas, Iowa. He passed from this life Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Lucas County Health Center located in Chariton, Iowa at the age of 98 years. Floydie was the youngest of his siblings. He had five brothers and four sisters. He spent his childhood growing up around the Lucas area. He attended Chincapen Country School and graduated from the eighth grade. He continued to help his family on the farm. April 15, 1939 he married Agnes Ferrick at the courthouse in Chariton, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Carolyn, Patricia, Robert, and Garry. Floydie and his family lived in Lucas County where he continued to farm. He also worked for the railroad and retired from there at the age of sixty two due to an injury. In his spare time, he loved to be surrounded by family. His children have many fond memories of relatives visiting the farm from out of state to family gatherings. He enjoyed being outdoors whether it was fishing , hunting, trapping or just taking in the sights of nature. He loved being a part of all the above. The majority of his time was well spent with family as this was his legacy in life. He and his wife, Agnes, spent 72 blissful years of marriage together. Floydie’s other hobbies included watching Nascar racing. He was also known for being a “Ford Man” and liked to tinker around under the hood of his vehicles. He was described as a genuine mechanic. He loved going to his grandchildren’s sporting events and would not miss them for the world. Floydie was social and had many friends. He had a sincerely kind and gentle manner about him. He would probably give you the shirt off his own back so to speak. Floydie was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes; his parents, Amos and Lulu Gwinn; his five sisters and four brothers.He is survived by his children, Carolyn Coops of Chariton, IA, Patricia (Leslie) McGinnis of Lucas, IA, Robert (Donna) Gwinn of Johnston, IA and Garry (Lonnie) Gwinn of Chariton, IA; seven grandchildren, seventeen great grand children and eight great great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, close family and friends.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

McCormick Reunion

Descendents of James Christopher and Nora (Edleman) McCormick gathered at the Chariton Community Center in Chariton, on November 3, for their annual reunion.  The festivities began with a moment of silence to remember those who passed away since we met last year. They were Elzora Town of Milor; Peter Nolin of Prairie City; Linda Marshall of Sedona, AZ; and Eulialia Homquist of Newton. A year ago we lost James McCormick, Jr. of Chariton and Richard Stone of Chariton. After an abundant pot luck, lunch time was spent recalling memories and visiting. James and Nora had 17 children, all but three are deceased. The living three are enjoying advanced age, Leola Mikesell, age 105 of Chariton; Kenneth McCormick, age 94 of Indianola and Lois Akins, age 91 of Knoxville. 
Mr. and Mrs. McCormick would have been very proud of their “off springs” because of their achievements and chosen careers.
The oldest person in attendance was Leola Mikesell. The youngest people were Carlee (4) and Kaylin (3), who are the daughters of Jennifer and Juan Martinez of Humeston. Those traveling the greatest distance were Janet Kopka of Cordovan, Illinois and Gary McCormick of Anamose.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Vera Clanin 106 Years Old

Vera Lucille Clanin  106 Years Old

Tuesday October 9, 1906 - Tuesday September 3, 2013

Vera L. Clanin, 106, passed away at Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center on September 3, 2013.  Vera was born October 9, 1906 southeast of Russell to A.C. and Ada Dixon.  She was the youngest of four children.
Vera attended Victory School, a one-room schoolhouse in Cedar Township from kindergarten through eighth grade.  She then attended and graduated from Russell High School in 1924.  After graduation, Vera taught school at one-room schoolhouses in Cedar and Washington Township.
December 17, 1930, Vera married Wade Clanin.  Vera and Wade ran a service station on the Russell corner for 15 years.  In 1951 they purchased a farm outside of Russell and farmed until Wade retired in 1979.  They then moved to Vera's old home on Smith St. in Russell (that her father had built in 1925) and Vera lived there until she moved to Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center in 2001.
Vera loved to read (especially her Bible), cook and can and to walk.  She was known for her upbeat personality and positive attitude.
She was a former member of the Center Community Church where she taught Sunday School and was the Sunday School superintendent for seven years.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 56 � years, her siblings; Howard Dixon, Hazel Bennett, and Allen Dixon; and her niece, Leanna Wardlow.
Vera is survived by her nieces and nephews; Howard Dixon, Jr. of Bettendorf; Margaret Ann (Bob) Hill of Indianapolis, IN; Clarice (Paul) Smith of Promise City, Emma Lee (Max) Warrick of Davenport and her sister-in-law Hazel Clanin of Russell.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Verda Margaret Reynolds 1910 - 2009


The light of heaven was glowing, the angels were in flight, at 5:25 a.m., July 14, 2009, the Lord came with his hand extended, she put her hand in His and peacefully went home to join her Lord and family. It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we gather to honor our mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, Verda Margaret (McIntire) Reynolds.
Throughout the course of her life, and especially the last days, she had incredible courage and faith in her Lord. She never complained and was a very independent woman.
Verda was born February 8, 1910 in Wayne County, Iowa, the first child of Walter and Grace (Johnston) McIntire. She grew up and attended school in Wayne County, graduating from Corydon High School in 1928. After graduation she taught school for one year in a rural school. She attended the University of Iowa for two years before returning to teach again in the county.
She married Arlan Reynolds in 1934 and they made their home in Russell for three years. They moved to Houston, Texas and remained there for eight years. Verda did substitute teaching in the Houston schools. Returning to Russell, Verda taught at Ragtown rural school, then in Russell and Chariton. While teaching, keeping house and raising three children, she managed to earn her BS in Education from Drake University in 1957.
Verda was a Methodist all her life, a member of the Faith Methodist Church in Russell. She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and belonged to the White Shrine, Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers and Chariton Community Education Association.
Verda was preceded in death by her husband, Arlan Robb Reynolds, son, Gary Dean Reynolds, parents, Walter and Grace McIntire, two brothers, Marvin and Leo McIntire, sister, Twila McIntire, granddaughter, Tracy Yarbro and great grandson, Mac Griffith.
She is survived by son, Jim Reynolds and wife Roberta of Russell, daughters Sue Yarbro and husband Bob of Hillsboro, Texas, and Janice Blubaugh and husband Bernard of Colfax, Iowa. Grandchildren, Kimberly Abou Deif, Scott Yarbro, Kelly Griffith, Cindy Blubaugh, Terri Neuendorf, Kathy Hale, Lisa Blubaugh, Bob Reynolds and Ben Reynolds. One step-grandson, Mike Yarbro, great grand-children, Katrina Yarbro, Robert Yarbro, Gregory Yarbro, Trevor Neuendorf, Courtney Neuendorf, Mariah Bhatti, Layla Villegas, Drew Griffith, Blake Hale, Natalie Hale, Stephanie Reynolds, Elena Reynolds, Celia Reynolds and Brian Blubaugh, foster great-granddaughter, Amy Bhatti. One step-great grandchild, Faith Horrell and two step-great great grandchildren, Ethan and Evy Horrell. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Martha McIntire of Dallas, Texas and Wilma Reynolds of Chariton, Iowa, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Now Special Lady, you are on your final journey. Your love and devotion is a memory that each of us will have to cherish the rest of our lives. May this journey lead you to eternal peace. We will always love you and will forever miss you.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2009 at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton with Pastor Alva Skiles officiating. Music was provided by Shari DeBok as soloist and Margaret Phippen as organist. Burial was in the Russell Cemetery.
Obituary courtesy of Charles M. Wright

You may also want to read the oral interview done with Verda on August 17, 2004.  This can be found in the 2012 Russell History book or at the Russell Historical Society Museum/Library in the Oral History Notebook.  Ask one of the volunteers to help you.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sarah L. Thorne

Sarah L. Thorne is celebrating her 99th birthday on April 26, 2013.  Her family is hosting a card shower in her honor.  Please send cards to Sarah Thorne:  Chariton Nursing and Rehab; 1200 N. 7th St.; Chariton, IA  50049