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Obituaries

  • Beverly Klepinger, 84

    Beverly Faye (Martin) Klepinger, 84, Essex, died Friday, March 7, 2014.

    Beverly was born on a family farm near Anderson July 18, 1929, to Walter L. Martin and Dorothy (McCain) Martin.

  • Ezra Dean Gourley, 84

    Ezra Dean Gourley, 84, Villisca, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak.

    Dean was born March 3, 1930, in Corning, the second son to Merle Dennis and Jessie Mae (Brown) Gourley. Dean graduated from Villisca High School in the Class of 1947.

    On June 3, 1951, Dean married Joyce Joan Lynam in the United Methodist Church in Nodaway. This union was blessed with four children, Denise, Deborah, Mike and Diane.

  • Mathilda Howrey, 92

    Mathilda “Tillie” Howrey, 92, Red Oak, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society, Red Oak.

    Mathilda “Tillie” Howrey, the daughter of Henrique and Maria Rosa (Melim) de Vasconcellos was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Hilo, Hawaii.

    She married Leon Pate and later married Donald W. Howrey Dec. 29, 1956, in Hilo.
    Tillie is survived by three daughters, Pamela Overin of Englewood, Colo., Madeline Waltjen of Keaau, Hawaii and Carla Anderson of Council Bluffs.

  • Madalene R. Perkins, 94

    Madalene R. Perkins, 94, formerly of Imogene, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Red Oak.

    Survivors include her children, John (MiHee) Perkins of Des Moines, Paul Perkins of Red Oak, Leo (Trish) Perkins of Littleton, Colo., Richard (Pat) Perkins of Shenandoah, Mary Rose (Paul) Shedd of Omaha and Rita (Lyle) Kennedy of Tabor.

    Mass of Christian burial was Monday, March 10, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene. There was a Rosary service Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Burial was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Imogene.

  • Lester Pearson, 95

    Lester Theodore Pearson, 95, Red Oak, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society.

    Lester was born April 25, 1918, on the family farm south of Red Oak, the son of Andrew and Sadie (Abrahamson) Pearson. He graduated from Coburg High School and started a long career in farming.

  • Phyllis M. Goodman, 85

    Phyllis M. Goodman, 85, Athens, Ga., formerly of Red Oak, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

    Phyllis was the daughter of the late Charlie and Millie Luckehart. She married Brent Goodman and they remained married for 58 years.

    She retired from Bayer Company as an account receivable specialist.

    Survivors in addition to her husband include her daughters, Sue Lawrence of Athens and Alison (Chris) Criswell of Colorado Springs; a sister, Charlene Bernat of Norfolk, Neb.; grandchildren, Matthew Charles Lawrence and Joseph Criswell; and four great-grandchildren.

  • Jill Stephens-Blatny, 65

    Jill Stephens-Blatny, 65, Carson, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the Hospice with Heart Home in Glenwood.  

    Jill is survived by husband Bob Blatny of Carson; children, Doug Hess of Carson, Kelli Burmeister of Gretna, Neb. and Megan Manzer of Macedonia; and a brother, Jack Higgins of Lincoln, Neb.

    Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Wheeler Grove UCC, rural Carson, with a private family interment. Memorials may be directed to the family.  
    Loess Hills Funeral Home of Carson is in charge of arrangements.

  • Mathilda Howrey, 92

    Mathilda Howrey, 92, Red Oak, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Red Oak Good Samaritan Society.

    Funeral services for Mathilda are pending with Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home.

  • Nettie Belle Artlip, 90

    Nettie Belle (Braden) Artlip, 90, Elliott, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Atlantic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

    Nettie Belle was born Aug. 8, 1923 near Elliott, the daughter of Raymond and Ruth (Trued) Braden. She graduated from Elliott High School in 1940 and later went to work in California for Douglas Aircraft.

  • Kathlean Claybaker, 75

    Kathlean “Kay” Claybaker, 75, Clarinda, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda.

    Kathlean Kay Williams was born to Chester and Letha (Carmichael) Williams in Hepburn Oct. 18, 1938.

    Kay and Leo Claybaker married Aug. 1, 1964. To this union, two daughters were born, Dorene in 1965 and Danell in 1968. Kay worked at Douglas and Lomason in Red Oak for 16 years.