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Obituaries

  • Janet Kinney, 75

    Janet A. “Jan” Kinney, 75, Morton, Ill., died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at her home.

    She was born May 16, 1939, in Red Oak, to Leroy H. and Frances V. (Sar) Johnson. Jan graduated Valedictorian from Red Oak High School and later received a bachelor of science degree in music education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. She taught in a number of public schools including Pine Island, Minn., District 150 Peoria, Creve Coeur and Morton, retiring in 1994.

  • Faye Parker, 93

    Faye E. Parker, 93, Mountain View, Ark., died Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Stone County Nursing and Rehab Center, Mountain View.

    Faye Ellen Parker, the daughter of Hiram and Elizabeth (Myers) Wharff was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Montgomery County, near Hawthorne.

    Faye married Elmer R. Parker Nov. 10, 1940, at Rockport, Mo.

    Faye is survived by her husband of 73 years, Elmer R. Parker of Mountain View; and daughters, Karen Hodo and Janice Gwin both of Mountain View.

    May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.

  • Donald Benskin, 77

    Donald Benskin, 77, Omaha, died May 14, 2014.

    Donald was born Aug. 12, 1936 to Floyd and Lillian (Weseen) Benskin, in rural Elliott.

    Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughters, Brenda Benskin and Chrystal Sigerson; brother, Dennis, of Idaho; and sister, Sharon Goldsmith, of Cedar Rapids.

    Funeral services were Monday, May 19, 2014, in Omaha.

    Memorials may be directed to the Omaha Home for Boys or to Northwest Hills Church of Christ.

    Braman Mortuary in Omaha is in charge of arrangements.

  • Ronald Mills, 86

    Dr. Ronald F. Mills, 86, Red Oak, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

    Ronald Francis Mills was born April 20, 1928, in Scottsbluff, Neb. He graduated from Scottsbluff High School, attended Illinois College of Optometry, graduating with a Doctor of Optometry Degree. He moved to Red Oak starting his own practice in 1955. He retired at the age of 75, after 50 years of service in southwest Iowa.

  • D.A. Kinser, 95

    Dowaine A. “D.A.” Kinser, 95, Red Oak, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his home near Stennett.

    D.A. was born Nov. 29, 1918, in Lewis, the son of Harvey and Bell (Salyers) Kinser. He was raised in the Lewis and Red Oak areas. When he got out of school, he started working on a traveling farming crew. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was in the 96th Division, Wire Section, serving in the Pacific Theater.

  • Bruce Van Druff, 93

    Bruce Van Druff, 93, Red Oak, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

    Bruce was born Dec. 13, 1919, in Council Bluffs. He was the middle child of Leonard and Ethel Van Druff. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School, he went on to Iowa State University and was a member Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Engineering.  

  • Dowaine “D.A.” Kinser, 95

    Dowaine A. “D.A.” Kinser, 95, Red Oak, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his home.

    Funeral services for D.A. are pending with Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.

  • Genevieve Pyle, 96

    Genevieve O’Herron Pyle, 96, Red Oak, formerly of Ames, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

    Genevieve O’Herron Pyle, the daughter of C. Clay and Rosalie (Ellis) O’Herron was born Nov. 1, 1917, on her family’s farm near Ridgefarm, Ill.

    On July 28, 1940, she married William Pyle Jr. on the family farm at Ridgefarm.

  • Bruce Van Druff, 93

    Bruce Van Druff, 93, Red Oak, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

    Bruce was born Dec. 13, 1919, in Council Bluffs. He was the middle child of Leonard and Ethel Van Druff. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School he went on to Iowa State University and was a member Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Engineering.  

  • LaVonne Fisher, 88

    LaVonne Fisher, 88, Red Oak, died Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

    LaVonne was born Oct. 30, 1925, near Coburg, the daughter of Oscar and Abrigayle (Foust) Josephson. She graduated from Coburg High School in 1943 and started working for Thos. D. Murphy Company.

    LaVonne married Richard E. “Rip” Fisher March 15, 1946, in Kansas. LaVonne raised her family and later returned to work at the Murphy Company.