Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mustang Boys Avenge Earlier Loss; Down Bobcats in Districts

North Nodaway's boys played what they felt was a forgettable 52-44 loss to East Harrison earlier in the year that dropped them into the fifth spot behind the Bobcats in district seedings. "Ever since the final buzzer sounded, we've been preparing for this game," said Coach Jake Shipman. The Mustangs recovered to win 16 games in their regular season, take a shot at the 275 title that came up just short, and come into last Tuesday's game with a chance for revenge. They got it as they turned the tables and beat the Bobcats 52-46 despite battling foul trouble from both of their leading scorers.

It looked like Peyton Coleman was going to have a big night for them as he scored the first five points to give Jake Shipman's team a 5-2 lead. But he went to the bench with two quick fouls. Koby Reynolds had consecutive NBA 3-pointers to make it 11-4, but then Matt Dice's team took advantage of Peyton Coleman's absence and came back to lead 12-11 as North Nodaway went through a four minute scoring drought before Reynolds was fouled attempting a 3-pointer at the buzzer and hit two out of three to put North Nodaway up 13-12.

North Nodaway played one of its better quarters of the year in the second frame as they got all kinds of scoring from their supporting cast. Wyatt Tate scored six in the frame, getting a putback, a backdoor layup off a pass from Koby Reynolds, and a driving layup; he also took a charge on defense. Ben Hart had a free throw while Dakota Smyser converted a drive into a three point play after he got the call on a charge/block situation. North Nodaway went ahead 30-26 at the break when Peyton Coleman skipped a pass to Koby Reynolds for a 3-pointer on the left wing at the buzzer.

But then the game threatened to go off the rails in the third period. North Nodaway couldn't buy a board in the first four minutes of the period as the Bobcats fought back to tie at 32. Then, things threatened to snowball from there as Koby Reynolds picked up his fourth foul and had to come out. With him out of the game, East Harrison took full advantage, pushing their lead up to 40-32 as North Nodaway went through a five-minute scoring drought. Someone had to step up and finally, Peyton Coleman hit Ben Hart cutting inside and Daytona Lutz hit a free throw to cut North Nodaway's deficit to five at 40-35.

Lutz really stepped up big during that stretch with Reynolds on the bench. He opened the fourth by hitting Coleman for a triple to start the fourth, then added one of his own with 5:16 left to make it 43-41; Koby came back in moments later. Joe Rinehart's free throw made it 44-41 and East Harrison got the ball back, but then North Nodaway, who had rarely blocked a shot all year, came up with one as Dakota Smyser's block flipped the scoreboard as Peyton Coleman went the other way coast to coast to make it 44-43 instead of 46-41. East Harrison tried to take it in again, but then Coleman's monster stuff set up another good transition look and he knocked down a free throw to make it tied at 44.

Both sides missed two chances to take the lead, but then finally Koby Reynolds drove to the basket to put North Nodaway in front, only to see Joe Rinehart tie it up again with 1:25 left. East Harrison tried to trap Koby Reynolds and get the ball out of his hands, but Peyton Coleman exploded to the rim against three orange shirts and hit both free throws to make it 48-46 with 1:02 left.

Justin Roberts tried to tie it up for his mates, but his runner off a drive went in and out. Koby Reynolds missed a 1 and 1 with 34 seconds, but with Waylen Carlson taking it in for a tie, Ben Hart played perfect help defense and set to take a charge, forcing a traveling call. East Harrison tried to tie up Peyton Coleman in the backcourt, but Joe Rinehart fouled out trying to get the ball and Coleman went 2 for 2 from the line with 19.3 seconds left. East Harrison had two good looks in the closing seconds, but Ethan Claycomb missed from the baseline and Carlson missed a putback try and Coleman hit two more to seal the win.

Peyton Coleman led the scoring for North Nodaway with 20 points. Koby Reynolds had 14, Wyatt Tate 6, Ben Hart 5, Daytona Lutz 4, and Dakota Smyser had 3. Peyton Coleman and Koby Reynolds each had 3 assists. Wyatt Tate and Peyton Coleman each took a charge on defense. Peyton Coleman had 2 blocks while Dakota Smyser and Ben Hart had 1 each. Dakota Smyser had 3 steals; Daytona Lutz, Koby Reynolds, and Peyton Coleman had 1 each.

North Nodaway matched up well with Stanberry last year, but the same could not be said of this year's matchup. They got off to a promising start, with Koby Reynolds scoring five quick points and Dakota Smyser scoring off a steal to put North Nodaway up 7-5. But then two good looks went in and out, Stanberry converted on the other end in transition, and the layup drill was on for Stanberry. By the time the dust had settled, they were down 34-7 early in the second and went on to fall 74-28 to the undefeated Bulldogs, ending their season at 17-10. Koby Reynolds had 16 points to lead North Nodaway. The girls, after beating Northeast Nodaway in their district opener, fell to Jefferson in the semifinals 48-10 and ended their season at 12-14.

Tigers Win First District Game in Four Years; Down Rockets for 18th Win

Worth County capped off a strong season by winning its 18th game and winning its first district game in four years, knocking off West Nodaway 59-36. The game was a defensive struggle, but the shooting percentages told the tale; Worth County shot 38% for the night, not one of their better shooting nights. But West Nodaway shot 25% for the night.

In the first meeting between the two teams, Blake Farnan picked up two quick fouls in Worth County's 67-33 win and was not a factor. But in the second game, he stayed on the floor and was able to match Worth County stride for stride for a while. He scored the first eight points for West Nodaway; however, Drake Kinsella topped that and scored 12 points in the period as Worth County built up a 16-13 lead. Cade Allee added two when West Nodaway knocked his dunk attempt out of the rim and they were called for goaltending; Brevyn Ross added a coast to coast look.

The second quarter started off like a lot of second quarters have for Worth County as they got a lot of close looks, but they were going in and out. Korbin Koch's shot from behind the arc put West Nodaway in front 17-16, but then Drake Kinsella answered with a 3-pointer of his own and Drake Simmons hit Brevyn Ross in transition to move Worth County up 23-19. Farnan hit a backdoor look and West Nodaway got the ball back with a chance to tie, but consecutive steals from Ryan McClellan sent Worth County off to the races. Mason Hawk followed with a third chance putback; Drake Kinsella's block set up Ryan McClellan's bounce pass to Caleb Parman for a baseline shot, and Brevyn Ross added a steal and two free throws to make it 31-19 with 56 seconds left in the half. Farnan hit a closely guarded 3-pointer over Drake Kinsella, but Ross rushed it up the floor and took on Farnan and Jakob Cordell, converting a layup with five seconds left to put Worth County back into double digit territory at 33-22.

Worth County's third quarter started off well as Drake Kinsella got loose inside and got a pass from McClellan and Ryan pushed one ahead to Drake for another basket as well. Brevyn Ross added two free throws and McClellan one as Worth County went up by 18 at 40-22. But then Farnan stopped the bleeding with yet another 3-pointer. Mason Hawk had a tipin and blocked a shot, which led to a Ben Badell strike to Hawk inside to make it 44-26 again, but then Worth County fell into sloppy play and hacking and fouling as West Nodaway began chipping away at the free throw line.

It looked like the Polo game all over again as the bleeding progressed into the fourth quarter and the Rockets got to within 44-34, but then Brevyn Ross hit Drake Simmons for a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding. Korbin Koch hit a free throw for West Nodaway, but then Drake Kinsella took over the game again, airing it out on consecutive plays to Brevyn Ross and Cade Allee in what turned out to be the backbreaker.

Koch hit a shot for West Nodaway to close to within 52-36 with 2:58 left, but that was as close as they would get. All of a sudden, Isaac Alarcon, who had not scored all night, took over the game by scoring the last seven points. Brevyn Ross hit him with a pass to the high post and he drove and finished for a 3-point play; he added a putback and a fast break after another pass from Ross.

Drake Kinsella led the scoring with 19 points; it was the second time in a row that he had 19 against the Rockets. Brevyn Ross had 13, Isaac Alarcon had 7, Mason Hawk had 6, Ryan McClellan had 5, Cade Allee 4, Drake Simmons 3, and Caleb Parman 2. Ryan McClellan and Brevyn Ross had 4 assists each; Drake Kinsella had 3, Cade Allee 2, and Mason Hawk, Isaac Alarcon, Drake Simmons, and Ben Badell each had 1. Ryan McClellan had 5 steals, Cade Allee and Drake Simmons 3, Drake Kinsella, Brevyn Ross, Mason Hawk, and Isaac Alarcon all had 2, and Caleb Parman had 1.

Worth County Boys Can't Escape Foul Problems; Fall to Jefferson in Semifinals

Worth County's boys fell victim to a rash of hacking and fouling in the district tournament as they fell to Jefferson 57-47 in the semifinals. They were able to survive West Nodaway for their first district win in four years. But they were not able to survive the likes of Jefferson. Tim Jermain's Eagles went to the line 21 times to only 9 for the Tigers; Jefferson made 14 free throws to 6 for Worth County. That accounted for most of the difference in the game.

The first part of the game looked promising for Worth County as Brevyn Ross aired the ball out to Cade Allee on a fast break and then went coast to coast against three Eagle defenders to put Worth County up 4-0, getting Jermain agitated and up in arms at the officials. But then Jefferson shot their way back in as Ben Jermain and Michael Burch hit triples to put their team up 6-4; as Ross sat on the bench with two quick fouls, they grew their lead to as big as 16-8 in the second quarter. It looked like a repeat of the first game, where Worth County realized too late that they could play basketball with this squad.

But then Ben Badell came off the bench and played his best quarter of the year, getting loose for a backdoor pass from Mason Hawk, knocking down a drive off a pass from Ross, and throwing up a floater after getting a pass from Brevyn and going down the left side. That helped bring Worth County back in front at 19-18 before Caden Farnan posted up inside for two and Burch hit two free throws to put Jefferson up 22-19 at the break.

It looked like Jefferson would finally start to pull away as Jermain knocked one down from behind the arc 11 seconds into the second half, but then Ryan McClellan hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Mason Hawk, Brevyn Ross stole the ensuing inbounds pass, and Worth County got five different looks at the basket, to Coach Jermain's consternation, before Brevyn Ross kicked one out to Drake Kinsella to tie it up at 25.

Worth County then went in front as Brevyn Ross hit Cade Allee for a 3-pointer from the right side and then Ryan McClellan found him at the top of the key to make it 33-32 with 4:24 left in the quarter. But sometimes, when you catch someone, you use up all your energy to get back in the game and then have none left. Ross picked up his third foul and sat down, and Jefferson scored the last 12 points of the quarter as Worth County went cold. They scored 14 points in the first 3:36 and then went scoreless for the rest of the third quarter. Being able to score consistently will be a goal for the team next year, along with playing defense without fouling people.

With Jefferson up 44-33 after three, that amounted to a death sentence, since they have the ability to run the clock at will with a lead of that nature. Cade Allee opened the scoring with another 3-pointer, but then Jefferson got a pair of backdoor looks to counter, and they were able to control the game and the clock most of the way. With 1:13 left, Drake Simmons scored off a drive and converted a 3-point play to make it 57-47 and the Tigers got a glimmer of hope as they got a steal and finally got a chance to get the game under double digits. But Allee missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Jefferson ran out the final minute for the win.

Cade Allee had 12 points for the Tigers. Drake Kinsella and Ryan McClellan had 8, Ben Badell 6, Drake Simmons 5, Brevyn Ross 4, and Isaac Alarcon and Mason Hawk had 2, Brevyn Ross had 6 assists; Ryan McClellan and Mason Hawk had 2, and Drake Simmons and Cade Allee had 1 each. Isaac Alarcon had 3 steals, Brevyn Ross, Ryan McClellan, and Cade Allee had 2, and Mason Hawk had 1.

Obituary -- Ted Foland 1945-2016

Ted Lee Foland, 71, of Grant City, Missouri passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital on February 26, 2016.  Ted was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on January 7, 1945 to Harold Clark and Eunice Berl Chitty Foland.  He attended Worth County High School, graduating in 1963.  

Ted married the love of his life, Barbara Ann Kibbe on June 8, 1969 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa.  They were blessed with two children, Teresa Renee and Jason Lee.  During high school, Ted lived with Ben and Annie Zollman, and worked on their dairy farm.  He went on to work for Lynden Thompson and Kay Havner at John Deere as a mechanic.  An entrepreneur at heart, he opened his own business, Ted’s Repair, and has worked in auto body for over 50 years.  His hobbies were many, including riding horses, watching rodeo, fishing, coaching 4-H’ers, and spending time with family.

Ted is survived by wife, Barbara Foland; daughter, Teresa McNeal and her husband Todd of Plymouth, Minnesota; son, Jason Foland and his wife Brook with grandchildren Kyra and Hadley Foland of Highland, Kansas; sister, Alice Baker; in-laws Lorraine Foland, Fran Foland, Dorothy Burgmeyer, John and Karen Kibbe, David and Gloria Kibbe, Drexel and Patti Musick, Jr.; as well as his many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the many he treated as his own.  Ted was predeceased by father, Harold; mother, Eunice; and brothers Burl and Leland. 

Ted’s smile, sense of humor and giving attitude will always be remembered.  He loved influencing others to get their education, drive for success and always do their best.  He was always there to help his friends and family with whatever they needed him for.  He was a loving and proud husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri on Monday, February 29.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the funeral home.  Ted will be laid to rest at the Grant City Cemetery in Grant City, Missouri. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to support the pending Ted Foland Memorial Scholarship. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Obituary -- Helen Blunck 1913-2016

Helen Margaret (Reece) Blunck was born July 24, 1913, in Xenia, Illinois, to Martin & Loula (Ernest) Reece. She passed from this life on February 20, 2016, at the age of 102, in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Helen attended schools in Bedford and Mount Ayr, Iowa. She married Roy Beal and to this union, a daughter, Jean Louise, was born. They later divorced. Helen married Roy Blunck on July 19, 1934, in Grant City, Missouri. Three sons, Robert, William, and Donald and six daughters, Virginia, Loula Sue (died in infancy), Joann, Linda, Nancy, and Judy blessed the family.

Becoming an accomplished homemaker out of necessity during the 1940s, Helen grew and canned their food and made the children's clothing. She enjoyed learning to decorate, wallpaper, and upholster furniture for their home. She was a chaperone for her girls' basketball teams and a PTA president. She made beautiful May baskets for her girls to give to neighbors and friends. Helen liked to sketch and paint pictures. She loved to embroiderer, quilt, and create ceramics.

An excellent cook, her family will always remember her noodles and pies. Her door was always open to everyone and it seemed she was always home. Helen brought her mother to her home and lovingly cared for her over 13 years until she passed at age 97. In Helen's later years, she immensely enjoyed traveling out West to visit family.

Helen served as Mayor of Benton, Iowa, for over 30 years. She was active in the Republican Party. She also belonged to the Christian Church and Rebekah Lodge. Again caring for others, Helen was employed at Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield, Iowa, for over 20 years.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents; her husband Roy; daughter-in-law Audrey (Fruendt) Blunck; her son Robert; daughter Judy Snedeker; daughter-in-law Joann (McGilvrey) Blunck; son-in-law William Rees; grandson-in-law John Kunstman.

Missing her now and forever from our lives are her children, Jean Davenport and husband Duane, Virginia Rees, Joann Trullinger, William Blunck and wife Kathi, Linda Sickels and husband Larry, Nancy Stephens and husband David, Donald Blunck and wife Mary Kathryn; son-in-law Don Snedeker; 26 grandchildren with 17 spouses; 39 great grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Frances Jeanne (Jean) Underwood of Denver, Colorado, and one nephew, Scott Underwood.

Memorials are for flower baskets for the Mount Ayr square beautification project.

Obituary -- George LeRoy Dailey 1923-2016

George LeRoy Dailey was born August 18th, 1923 to Clearance and Florence Dailey of Benton, Iowa. George passed away February 6, 2016 at the Ringgold County Hospital. He was the oldest of five children. George loved sports and played on his high school basketball, baseball and track teams. He graduated from Tingley, Iowa in 1942.

On May 20th 1944 he married Alverta Briner, they had two children Paul LeRoy and Nancy Lee. George and Alverta lived and farmed in Ringgold County all of their lives. They belonged to the Ringgold County Saddle Club and participated in many horse shows in Iowa and Missouri with their son Paul. George also drove a stock truck and worked with Creston Coop at the lumber yard for many years. In 1979 George and Alverta moved to the Farm in Maloy where they remained there till Alverta passed away and George went to the nursing home in Mt. Ayr. Later in years George worked with his grandson Jason at Iowa Select Farms for about 10 years until he retired. He loved his family and taking care of his animals especially his horses. George never met a stranger and loved to visit and tell stories. He always had a smile on his face and kept upbeat about life. Some of his favorites were watching his grandkids with their activities. Camping at the Iowa State Fair. Watching the Iowa Hawkeyes in basketball and following the New York Yankees.

George is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alverta; son, Paul; brothers, Joe and John Dailey; father and mother-in-law, Burl and Violet Briner; brothers-in-law, Ellis Maudlin, Richard Briner and Tyrone Briner; sister-in-law, Claudette Young and niece, Julie Hulley.

Left to cherish his memory are daughter Nancy Lynch and husband David, grandson Jason Lynch and wife Tara, granddaughter, Meggan Brown and husband Dave; great grandchildren, Paige and PJ Lynch and Seth and Dreven Brown; sisters, Lucy Maudlin and Mary Detloff; sisters-in-law, Doris Dailey, Denis Briner, Candell Smith, Pam and Dan Weigle, and Debbie Briner; brothers-in-law, Earl and Collen Briner, Van and Elaine Briner and Greg and Doris Briner and many nieces and nephews.

Obituary -- Frances Salzman 1917-2016

Frances Jeanette Sheumaker Saltzman passed away on February 3, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Frances was born on July 26, 1917 to Roy and Goldia Sheumaker on a homestead near Malta, Montana. The family remained in Montana for 10 years and then moved to the Redding, Iowa area where she attended school through 8th grade. She then attended Mount Ayr High School and graduated in 1936.

After high school she taught in a 1 room rural school in Poe Township. While teaching there, she lived with Lial and Dorothy Saltzman where she met Lial's brother, Richard, who was to become her husband. During WWII, she attended Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls and then taught primary school for 3 years in Arispe, Iowa. Richard returned from the war, and they were married on May 2, 1945. Frances and Richard lived on his uncle Frank Saltzman's farm for the first years of their marriage. While living there two daughters were born, Diane and Patricia. They then bought and moved to the farm southeast of Mount Ayr where they remained until 1993 when they moved to Mount Ayr. Frances was a homemaker and helped with farm chores. She was active in the Mount Ayr Methodist Church and various clubs and was a 4-H leader. She also worked for Clearview Homes as an aide and in the activities department. After Richard's death she returned to Clearview as a resident where she remained until her death.

Frances was proceeded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, brothers Roy and wife Mary Sheumaker, Clinton Sheumaker, and Thomas Sheumaker, her sisters Bernice and husband Barton Abarr, Eunice and husband Gerald Jones, Elizabeth and husband Vernon Thomas, Julia and husband Floyd Klang, brother-in-law Lloyd Wood and brother-in-law Lial and wife Dorothy Saltzman, and sister-in-law Blondina and husband Chriss Saltzman, and brother-in-law Robert Saltzman.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Diane Saltzman and Patty Herrington, son-in-law Philip Herrington, grandsons Neil (Ashley) Aldrich, Benjamin (Carla) Aldrich, Blake Herrington, and Grant Herrington, great grandchildren Oliver, Abigail, Eleanor, Logan, Emmah, and Evrett Aldrich, sister Margaret Wood, brother John (Sharon) Sheumaker, sister-in-laws LaVon Sheumaker and Nina Saltzman, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Frances was much loved and will be missed.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr or the Mount Ayr Public Library.

Obituary -- Amon Hunt 1925-2016

Amon Lee Hunt, son of George and Orilla Hunt, was born February 24, 1925 on the family farm in Worth County Missouri. He departed this life on January 29, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

On October 21, 1944 he married Lois Randolph. To this union five children were born: Kenneth, Keith, Margaret, Marjorie, and Rebecca (deceased).

Amon spent his life farming in southern Iowa and northern Missouri. He cherished the time he got to spend with his grandchildren taking them fishing at every opportunity. He enjoyed playing 42 dominoes and pitch whenever he could round up someone to play. He and Gene Motsinger had fun flipping quarters and trading knives. He always had a joke to tell and loved nothing more than sharing a laugh.

Amon was a World War II veteran having served as a scout in the Army's 169th Infantry Regiment, spending time in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a combat infantry badge. He was most particularly proud of his military service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lois; daughter Rebecca Hunt; sister Ruth and her husband Marion Euritt; brother Alan Hunt and wife Evelyn; brother Elvis "Pink" Hunt and wife Rosie; brother Maurice "Jake" Hunt; sister Marilyn and husband Robert Simpson; granddaughters Marcie Marie Poore, Belinda Love Hunt, and Katherine Marie Tully; and grandsons Cory Dean Hunt and Kelly Keith Hunt.

He is survived by sisters Estelle Hall and Mary Lou McCormick; sister-in-law Helen Hunt; his children Kenneth and wife Margaret Hunt, Keith and wife Rhonda Hunt, Margaret and husband Rodney Saville and Marjorie Tully; his grandchildren Chad and wife Julia Hunt, Neil Hunt, Ryan and wife Jillian Hunt, Ryan Welch, Shellie Mason, Jacob Hunt, Timothy Hunt, Stacie Hunt, Jennifer and husband Matt Hall, Megan Saville Carter, Erin Fletchall, Mark Tully and fiancé Tara Critchlow and Tiffany Hunt; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; cousins and a host of friends.

Memorials are to Homes For Our Troops. Their web page can be viewed at

Obituary -- Herbert Gay Freeman 1924-2016

Herbert Gay Freeman was born in Worth County near Sheridan, Missouri, to Lucy (Downing) Freeman and Howard Freeman on December 29, 1924. Herb had been a resident for one week at Villisca Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home where he passed away on Wednesday, February, 24, 2016.

Herb attended country school in Mills County, Iowa, and graduated from Henderson High School in 1942. Herb helped his father farm until joining the Navy in 1944. The “Gilbert Island” aircraft carrier was the ship Herb served on until the end of World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Herb met Martha on the “New Era” dance floor in 1947 and they were married on December 24, 1948. To this union one son, Michael Howard, was born.

Herb was employed by the Gravity Implement Company until it closed and then worked for Taylor County Secondary Roads Department as a shop mechanic for 30 years before retiring in 1986. He knew every road in Taylor County.

Herb and Martha lived in Gravity, Iowa, from 1947 through 1995 until moving to Villisca, Iowa. Herb was a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #8998 of Villisca, Iowa. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post #0578.

One of Herb’s hobbies was building bird houses from lumber retrieved from his parents’ farm buildings and giving them to family members. He also, enjoyed helping son, Mike and others, around the farm. Herb was a great family man and loved to visit with everyone. He enjoyed picking on nephews and nieces through the years. He dearly loved his grand kids and always asked about them between visits. Getting to see his great-granddaughters always brought a smile to his face and special attention was paid to them.

Herb enjoyed Lee coming to do some carpentry work for him and was proud of his job as a full-time Creston fireman. He knew Lee liked that job!

Herb enjoyed the visits with Angela and family. He was glad to see where Angie worked and learned of all her responsibilities at Honey Creek Resort. It is a good place to work. Angie brought a lot of good laughs growing up. Herb loved her humor and knows it will be passed on to her girls.

Preceding Herb in death were his parents, Howard and Lucy Freeman; brothers, Wade, Don and Richard; sister, Vera Harper. Surviving Herb are his wife, Martha of 67 years; son, Mike and wife Kathy of Villisca, Iowa; granddaughter, Angela (Shaun) Wubben of Moravia, Iowa; grandson, Lee (Shawna) Freeman of Creston, Iowa; two great-granddaughters, Ivy and Eva Wubben; sister, Vivian (Howard) Bailey of St. Joe, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Shirley Freeman of Clarinda, Marty Freeman of Council Bluffs and Barb Freeman of Clarinda. Herb will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Obituary -- Avalena Carroll 1939-2016

Avalena Catherine Carroll, 76, of Skidmore, MO, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016, at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph, MO.

Avalena was born in Maryville, MO, on September 15, 1939. Her parents were Ralph and Thelma (Bramble) Woods. She resided in Maryville for a time and moved to Skidmore in 1959. Avalena was a member and attended Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville. She worked as an x-ray tech for St. Francis Hospital at their old location in Maryville. Then was an aide for the Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville.

On May 4, 1958, at the home of Rev. L.B. Day in Maryville, Avalena was united in marriage to Robert D. Carroll.

Preceded her in death in was her husband, Robert D. Carroll, in 1986, her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Wright, and her parents, Ralph and Thelma Woods.

Her survivors include her son, Virgie (Geneva) Carroll, Burlington Junction, MO; her sister, Shirley Pierce, St. Joseph, MO; 4 grandchildren, Zackery Carroll, Stanberry, MO, Jesse (Miranda) Carroll, Ravenwood, MO, Vanessa (TJ) Keever, Burlington Junction, MO, and Torri Carroll, Burlington Junction, MO; 6 great grandchildren, Katie Carroll, MaKayla and Cheyenne Carroll, Olivia and Alexzander Keever, and Kimber Whitney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Avalena’s body has been cremated under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.

Memorial graveside services and inurnment will be at 2:00 PM, on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Isadora Cemetery, Isadora, MO. Pastor Paul McKim will be the officiant. No formal visitation is planned.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mosiac Life Care, L-Tec Unit, 5325 Faroan Street, St. Joseph, MO, 64506.

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Obituary -- Leslie Eugene Smail 1929-2016

Leslie Eugene Smail, 86, of Maryville, MO, passed from this life on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at his home with his family at his side.

Les was born on November 18, 1929, near Pickering, MO. His parents were Herman Eugene and Mildred Jaquetta (Simmons) Smail. They preceded him in death, as did his brother, Lewis Wilbur Smail, in 2015.

Les graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1947. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp, and was
honorably discharged as a Corporal.

Les retired after 35 years as a route salesman for Wonder Bread.

He was a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church, Maryville, and a member of the James Edward Gray American Legion Post 100, also Maryville. Les had formerly resided in North Carolina, and in Chillicothe, MO, for many years.

On September 30, 1951, Les was united in marriage to Lavon Estella Archer, in Maitland, MO. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his 5 children, David (Debbie) Smail, Paola, KS, Michael (Margaret) Smail, Maryville, Rick (Sheila) Smail, Maryville, Kimberly (Scott) Shamberger, Maryville, and Stephanie (Glen Barnett) Harkrider, Maryville; 8 siblings, Bob Smail, Maryville, Jerry (Maryjane) Smail, Maryville, Sharon (Ted) Reynolds, St. Joseph, MO, Shirley (John) Kulak, St. Joseph, Carol Green, St. Joseph, John (Barbara) Smail, St. Joseph, Charlie (Linda) Smail, Skidmore, MO, Peggy Smail, Quitman, MO, and Nadine Smail, Maryville; 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the First Baptist Church, Maryville. The burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, also of Maryville.

Military Rites at the cemetery will be conducted by the Missouri Military Honors Detail, and members of the James Edward Gray American Legion Post 100, Maryville.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 PM on Friday, February 19, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville.

Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Les to the First Baptist Church, Maryville, MO.

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Obituary -- Ray Strough 1932-2016

Ray D. Strough, 83, of Maryville, MO, and formerly of the Burlington Junction and Quitman, MO, area passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.

Ray was born on April 5, 1932, in Skidmore, MO, to Paul and Mamie (Rowlett) Strough. He attended Mt. Hope country school and graduated in 1950 from Quitman High School. He lived all his life in the area.

Ray was a farmer and heavy equipment operator, and owned and operated his own company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rick Strough, in 1988; his siblings, Pauline Raines, Nellie Linnegar, Neva Wynn, Julia Baker, and Fred Strough; great granddaughter, Blakeley Rush, and great grandson, Ryder Rush.

He is survived by his children, Marcia (Gary) Rush, Sheridan, MO, Steve (Gerianne) Strough, Stanberry, MO, and Chris (Joyce) Strough, Burlington Junction, MO; his brother, Melvin (Joyce) Strough, Skidmore, MO, and sister, Faye Money, Maryville, MO; 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray’s wish was to be cremated. His memorial service will be at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home. Pastor Jeff Blaine will be the officiant.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 PM until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Obituary -- Zelda Carroll 1924-2016

Zelda Marie Carroll, 91, of Maryville, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016, at the Golden Living Center, Maryville, MO. She had lived most all her life in Maryville and the surrounding areas.

Zelda was born on March 20, 1924, in Parnell, MO, her parents were Adolphus Augustus and Lela Grace (Adams) Cox. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her siblings, Fern Ratliff, Bonitta Cox, Lourie Stienman, Mildred Lisbey, Eldora Foster, Harold Cox, and Pauline Sample.

She attended school in Parnell. Her memberships included the Ravenwood Christian Church, and she was a 30 year member of the Gallagher Club, of Ravenwood.

She married Harvey Harold Carroll, in the home of Rev. L.B. Day in Maryville, MO. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and farm wife. She loved to cook, garden and to can.

Her survivors include her children, Harvey Eugene (Linda) Carroll, Maryville, MO, and Zylpha Marie Duffy, Bedford, IA; her sister, Alberta Verbick, Grant City, MO; 3 grandchildren, Chastity Brumley, Maryville, MO, Nathan Carroll, Maryville, MO, and Michael (Codie) Wiederholt, Elmo, MO; 8 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephew.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. The burial will follow in the Parnell Cemetery, Parnell, MO.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM, Friday, February 5, 2016, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be directed to the family to help with final expenses.

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Obituary -- Irene Florea 1923-2016

Irene Florea, 96, the daughter of Ray Joseph and Leona Garland (Mayfield) Cordell, was born July 16, 1923 at Pine Bluffs, Wyoming and died February 7, 2016, at the Greene County Long Term Care Facility in Jefferson, Iowa.

Irene started school in Pine Bluffs and when she was in 8th grade her family moved to Gaynor, Missouri. She graduated from high school in Hopkins, Missouri. She later attended and graduated from beauty school in Parkville, Missouri. On December 21, 1944, Irene Cordell was united in marriage to John William (J.W.) Florea at Troy, Kansas. Two children were born to this union, Sam and Janiece. They moved to Waco, Texas where J.W. was convalescing from war time injuries. After J.W. recovered, they moved to Maryville and later to Pickering, MO. where they farmed. They then moved to Hopkins, MO. where Irene worked as a bookkeeper for the Rosecran Chevrolet Car dealership. In 1968, they moved to Jefferson and later to Madrid. J.W. died in 1971 and Irene moved to Perry where she worked for the Sloan Monument Works in Perry and Jefferson. In 1993, she moved back to Jefferson and in 2002 lived with her son, Sam and his wife Kathi until 2012 when she became a resident of the Greene County Care Facility.

Irene was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Jefferson and during her life, she enjoyed flowers and gardening. Irene and J.W. also enjoyed going out and square dancing.

Irene is survived by her children; a son, Sam Florea and his wife, Kathi, of Jefferson, Iowa and a daughter, Janiece Schuttler of Boone, Iowa, four grand-children and their spouses; Elizabeth (Brian) Frantum, William Robert (Lois) Chapman, Douglas Randall (Jan) Chapman and John Lyle (Nancy) Florea, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a brother, Eldon Ray Cordell of St. Joseph, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband J.W. in February of 1971, two sisters, Evelyn Brown and Elaine Wake, a brother, John Cordell and a son-in-law, Lester Schuttler.

Funeral services will be 10:30AM, February 12, 2016 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri, with Rev. Gordon Moen of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Long Branch Cemetery, Gaynor, Missouri.


Obituary -- Forrest Dean Swaney 1938-2016

Forrest Dean Swaney, 77, St. Joseph, Missouri, formerly of King City, MO, died Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Diversicare of St. Joseph.

Dean was born September 8, 1938, in Maryville, MO to Herbert Leon and Tervill (Griffey) Swaney.

A 1956 graduate of Hopkins, MO High School, he married Della Irene Morehouse January 18, 1956, in Wathena, KS.

Dean was employed at Dugdale Packing Plant for 27 years and then was District Engineer with the St. Joseph School District for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Della Swaney (September 5, 2013), an infant son and brother-in-law, Richard Mires.

He is survived by three children: Connie Irene (David) Goacher, St. Joseph, Gerald D. Swaney, King City, Derick L. (Vicky) Swaney, Bedford, IA; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Karen) Swaney, Sheridan, MO and sister Sandra Mires, Pickering, MO.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, February 22, 2016, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Funeral Services are 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 23rd, also at Price Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Hopkins Cemetery.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Obituary -- Betty Robertson 1932-2016

Betty Jane Robertson was born the 2nd of March, 1932, the third of seven children born to Jesse and Lucy Barnhart Roach, near Allendale, Missouri. She passed away peacefully at Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, on the 22nd of February, 2016.

On June 27, 1949, she was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, James Walker (J.W.) Robertson, in Grant City, Missouri, before a Justice of the Peace, and celebrated 65 years of marriage before J.W.'s death in 2014. To this union, five children were born, Billy Lee, Mary Jane, Wanda Sue, Kenneth Eugene, and James Michael. Their home was always open to the children in the community, and many of these children considered them their adoptive parents.

In the early years of her marriage, Betty stayed home raising her five children. She shared her cooking skills first in her own business when she owned and operated the Redding Café on the town square for two years in the 1960's. After closing the café, she went to work as a seamstress for many years at the Grant City Cap Factory in Grant City, Missouri, and then at O'Bryan Brothers in Bedford, Iowa. When O'Bryan Brothers closed, she kept busy at home as a seamstress and day care provider, but, most importantly, as wife and mom.

Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She liked to keep busy and had many hobbies that included cooking, sewing, quilting, crafting with J.W., among other things. She especially enjoyed gardening with J.W., and she loved sharing her canned goods and homemade goodies with family, friends and neighbors. What she loved most was spending time with J.W., and seldom was one seen without the other and without a smile on their faces. They truly enjoyed each other's company. Betty and J.W. enjoyed many years of traveling with their children and their children's families to various parts of the country and spent 15 years as winter Texans with many other Ringgold County friends.

Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were especially dear to her, and they loved spending time with their grandma. Her home was always home to all the children in the community and to her many nieces and nephews, and she will always be remembered as everyone's mom and everyone's friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Edna (Roach) Baker; and brothers, Ernest Roach and Loyd Roach.

Survivors include her children, Billy Lee Robertson (Karen) of Nixa Missouri, Mary Jane Jones (Ron) of Clever, Missouri, Wanda Sue Hosfield (Doug) of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Kenneth Eugene Robertson (Debra) of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, and James Michael Robertson (Mary Beth) of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jesse Robertson (Melissa), Julie Tommingo (Ross), Eric Jones (Erica), Brandon Jones (Kalyne Lynch), David Hosfield, Cass Hosfield (Annie), Jeff Robertson, Justin Robertson (Kim), Nichole Jensen (Bryan), Brianne Curtis (Chaz), Stephanie Robertson (Hector Martinez); 14 great grandchildren; sister, Marie Campbell (Everett); brothers, Darrell Roach (Kathy) and Harvey Roach (Eldeen). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions are being accepted for a gift to the Redding community in her memory.

Obituary -- Roger Degase 1931-2016

Roger Duane Degase, 85, Maryville, MO died February 12, 2016, at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph.

He was born February 7, 1931, in Strahan, Iowa to Luey Trolman and Gladys Ethlyn (Irvin) Degase. He was a 1948 graduate of Randolph, Iowa High School.

On December 20, 1954, he married Lula Estella Ellsworth in Elmo, MO.

Mr. Degase served his country with the United State Air Force during the Korean War. He was a mechanic on the Convair B-36, the "Peacemaker". He was stationed at 72nd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, San Francisco, California. He was a member of Tri-C American Legion Post #464.

He worked at Maryville Lumber for several years, then was a salesman for Central States Steel, and then went into Degase Trucking. His handle was "peabody".

Mr. Degase was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had served there as Branch President from 1968 to 1976. He also held several other calling in his church over the years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers: Jimmy Jon, Elge, and Collen Kelly, and sister Elaine "Snookie" Stanton.

Surviving him are his wife, Lula Degage, of the home in Maryville; six children; sons: Michael (Joan), John (friend Anne Lech), Richard (Kelly), all of Maryville and Barry (Bonnie), Reno, NV; daughters: Teresa Shipley, California and Martha (Willis) Spire, Parnell; seventeen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers: Goy, Allen, David, Tim Degase and sisters: Jeanine Andrus, Karen Lundy, and Marsha Allen.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 2:00-4:00 PM at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Funeral Services are Monday, February 15th, at 2:00 PM, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Maryville, with burial to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Clearmont, MO.

Military Services will be provided at graveside by Missouri Military Honors and Tri-C American Legion Post #464.

Memorials may be made the Nodaway County Humane Society.

Obituary -- Margaret Lyle

Carrie Margaret “Margie” Martin Lyle, 90, of Ravenwood, MO, passed from this life on February 11, 2016, at her home.

Margie was born in Maryville, MO. Her parents were Albert Russell Martin and Ida Elizabeth Miller. She married Earl James Lyle, August 4, 1946, at her parent’s home.

She graduated from Northwest Missouri State Teacher College with a BS degree in Fine Arts and minors in Agriculture and Industrial Arts. She taught in Columbia, MO, and Northeast Nodaway School until retiring on July 1, 1990. She loved painting, crafts, travel, horseback riding, and entertaining. She was a member of the Maryville Brush and Palette Club, Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and the Harmony Ridge Community Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl on July 28, 2011; son, Bruce James Lyle, May 1964; an infant daughter; grandson, Brian Randall Lyle, November 1994; sisters, Mariam DiMarco, Stella Martin; brothers, Harold Martin and Bill Martin.

She is survived by her children, Rebecca (Ronald) Fischer, Crofton, MD, Randall (Linda) Lyle, Holt, MO, Marianne (Russell) Adkins, Elmo, MO, Harold (Lisa) Lyle, Ravenwood, MO; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Services for Mrs. Lyle will be held at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO, on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in the Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville.

The family will meet with friends and family on Monday evening, February 15, 2016, from 6-8:00 PM.

Memorials can be directed to the Ravenwood United Methodist Church, Ravenwood, MO.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

2-15 – Person in to register as sex offender.
2-16 – Report of car-deer accident in Gentry County.
2-16 – Officer in with person on traffic tickets.
2-16 – Officer serving papers in Grant City.
2-17 – Officer investigates accident at 4th & Pleasant in Grant City.
2-18 – Person in to pay court fines; warrant withdrawn.
2-19 – 911 call; person fell from porch; transported to hospital.
2-19 – Report of hogs out; owner notified.
2-19 – Person in for CCW permit.
2-20 – Highway Patrol in with female subject; Worth County transports to jail on 12 hour detox hold.
2-20 – Person reports hitting deer on M.
2-20 – Highway Patrol and Worth County officer arrest female subject on Nodaway County warrant; subject bonds out.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Obituary -- Kenneth Clayton 1930-2016

Kenneth Dale Clayton, age 85, Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Grant City, Missouri died Sunday, February 21, 2016 at a Golden Living Health Care Center in Maryville.

Kenneth was born July 26, 1930 in Barnard, Missouri; son of the late Claude and Lillie Mae (Luellen) Clayton.  He was a graduate of the Barnard High School.

Kenneth married Joan Adell Snead, July 21, 1957 in Grant City.  To this union two daughters were born Ramah and Carmen.  Joan preceded him in death on July 5, 1984.  In 1987 Kenneth was married to his wife Monica Woods.

Kenneth was a United States Marine Corp Veteran, having served his country from 1952-1954 in the Korean War.

Kenneth’s memberships and activities include:   Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion,  and the First Christian Church all of Grant City.  He also served several years as a commissioner for the County of Worth, Missouri.

Kenneth had his own refrigeration business in Kansas City; had worked on the railroad; worked for St. Joseph Light and Power Company (Maryville) and had his own custom feed grinding operation.

Farming was always in his blood, so when the opportunity came up Kenny and Joan bought her parents farm near Grant City. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, 1st wife Joan, brother Lloyd and wife Mary, sister Dorothy and husband Calvin and a step daughter Judy Skidmore.

Survivors include his wife Monica, of the home, Maryville; daughter Ramah (Wade) Mauderly, Bedford, Iowa; (their daughters Cheryl and fiance’ Lathan Gray, Villisca, Iowa, Elaine (Chance) Veylupek, Barnard, Missouri); daughter Carmen (Jack) Spencer, Bedford, Iowa, (their daughters Faith (John) Murphy, Melissa (Ethan) Strickland, and Amanda Spencer of the home, all of Bedford, Iowa: step-children Connie (Allen) Constant, Edgerton, Missouri, Jim (Donna) Woods, Stanberry, Missouri, Don Woods, Happy Jack, Arizona, Daryl (Penny) Woods, Gentry, Missouri,

Diane (Mark) Porter, King City, Missouri, Janet (Jim) Gard, Ravenwood, Missouri, Barbara Steckmann, Liberty, Missouri, Debbie (Dale) Barnhart, Yalaha, Florida, Gerry (Terri) Woods, Gentry, Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City.  Burial:  Grant City Cemetery with military services under the direction of WC Memorial Post #3123.   Kenneth had requested that everyone dress casual for the services.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Obituary -- Dorthea Ann Farnan 1930-2016

Dorothea Ann Farnan, 86, Conception Junction, MO, died Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Village Care Center, Inc, Maryville, MO.

She was born January 29, 1930, in Conception Junction to Charles Edward Farnan and Ann Agnes (Maher) Farnan.

Dorothea and her brother, Junior, owned and operated the family farm for many years in the Conception area.

Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers Clarence and Charles J. "Junior" Farnan, and two sisters Dolores and Mary Catherine Farnan.

Surviving are numerous cousins.

Parish Rosary will be held at 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2016, St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction with a visitation to follow from 5:30-7:00 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 24th, also at St. Columba Catholic Church, with burial in St Columba Cemetery, Conception.

Obituary -- Mary Katherine Miller Rineman 1921-2016

Mary Katherine Miller Rineman, 94, of Denver, Missouri, went to meet her Savior on February 20, 2016 after a prolonged illness.

Mary, daughter of Jesse C and Norna Edna (Brumfield) Miller, was born December 9, 1921, in St Joseph, Missouri.  She attended school at Miller Country School in Gentry County for her first eight grades then went to Denver High School for the first two years of high school.  Mary graduated from Albany High School in 1939.  She then went to Missouri Methodist School of Nursing in St Joseph, Missouri, where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1943.

Mary served in the Army Nursing Corps in 1943 and 1944.  During that time, she met Robert E Rineman whom she married on July 20, 1944.  They moved back to Mary's family farm south of Denver, Missouri, in 1949.  Bob and Mary were married for 60 years until his death in 2004.

Since childhood, Mary was a member of Denver Methodist Church.   She transferred her membership to the Albany Methodist Church later in life.

After the Army, Mary's career included work at the Gentry County Hospital, at Bernie Parsons, MD, office, and at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home, all in Albany, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Allan Rineman, a great-granddaughter, Alyssa McCampbell, and a grandson, Derek Rineman.

Survivors include daughter, Linda Lopez, Denver, Missouri, grandchildren, Tenya McCampbell, St Charles, Missouri, and Jesse Chadwick, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, great grandchildren Brittany Brandt, Sugarland, Texas, Brandi Farris, Marshfield, Missouri, Riley McCampbell, St Charles, Missouri, Aiden Chadwick, Zeeland, Michigan, Damian Chadwick, Cedar Park, Texas, Christian Chadwick, Giddings, Texas, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside Service and Burial: 2:00 PM Thursday, February 25 at the Grandview Cemetery, Albany.  There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Mary requested that donations be made in her name to the charity of the donor's choice in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, MO 64402.  Online condolences:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Obituary -- Mary Knight Nelson 1939-2016

Mrs. Mary Knight Nelson, age 76, of Gainesville, Georgia, passed away  Thursday, February 18, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of life for Mrs. Mary K. Nelson will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 21, 2016 in the chapel of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia. Services will be led by Dr. Bill Coates. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery prior to the service. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel.

Mary was born July 26, 1939 in Grant City, Missouri, the second daughter of Arthur and Nell Knight, both high school teachers. Always very intelligent, Mary was the Valedictorian of her high school class, made the highest chemistry grade of 600+ freshmen at the University of Missouri, and kept an “A” average throughout college. She used her skills working in the chemistry labs of several hospitals throughout her career, the last one being Northeast Georgia Medical Center until her retirement in 2000. Mary was always very busy with her hands; she gardened, wove, and knitted, and she shared the work of her hands with others. What a beautiful life she lived.

Mary was known and loved for her service in the “English as a Second Language (ESL)” program at church, where she taught English and citizenship for the past fifteen years as well as a special Sunday School class for ESL students. During two separate summers she spent six weeks in China teaching English to Chinese high school English teachers. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Gainesville for the past 33 years

Mary was the loving wife of Chaplain Wayne Nelson for 56 years, retired from Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and an amazing mother to four children: Elizabeth (Terry) Gregory of Lexington, SC; Philip (Jennie) Nelson and Paul (Sara) Nelson of Gainesville, GA;’ and Jonathan (Barbie) Nelson of Buford, GA . Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Joshua and Rebekah Gregory of Lexington, SC; Megan (Nathan) Kahue of Waukegan, IL; Margaret, Matthew, Abigail, and Samuel Nelson of Gainesville, GA  and Emily Nelson of Buford, GA in addition, Mary has a surviving sister and brother-in-law, Mabel and Allen Keathly of Terre Haute, Indiana, as well as a myriad of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; 2 sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ESL program or to the choir expansion at First Baptist Church, 751 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501or to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center 743 Spring Street Gainesville, GA 30501.    
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel 989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-6200 or for those who desire online condolences at

Monday, February 15, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

2-8 – Person in for CCW renewal.
2-8 – Person calls for police accident report.
2-9 – Officer serves papers in Worth County.
2-9 – Highway Patrol in with two subjects, one with warrant from St. Joseph, “bonded out;” one on traffic ticket.
2-9 – Officer investigates accident north of Sheridan on Route H.
2-10 – No calls.
2-11 – Highway Patrol 585 and 597 in office
2-11 – Insurance company calls for accident report.
2-12 – Person calls about a controlled burn north of Sheridan.
2-12 – Person calls about burning brush north of Allendale.
2-13 – Report of possible stolen car; car was repossessed; owner notified.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Obituary -- Derrell Dean Cox 1956-2016

Derrell Dean Cox, age 59, Grant City, Missouri, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016 at his home.

Derrell was born October 8, 1956 in St. Joseph, the son of the late Robert Dean and Helen June (Church) Cox.  He was a graduate of Benton High School.

Derrell was united in marriage to Julia (Kollitz) on February 14, 2003 in St. Joseph.

Derrell was a farmer, loving both agriculture and livestock.  He served the Worth County EMS Service as a driver and First Responder.  His memberships include the Sheridan Christian Church and the National Fishing Association.

Survivors include: wife Julia of the home, Grant City; daughters, Sarah Cox, St. Joseph, Jaime (Mike) Sullwold, Brownville, Nebraska, Sarah (Jason)Wilmes, Pickering, Missouri;  sons, Shannon (Melissa) Cox, Clarksdale, Missouri, Stephan (Debra) Kollitz, Joshua Kollitz, Jonathan Kollitz, Shane Kollitz and Joel Kollitz, all of Grant City; sister Melinda (Brad) Taylor, St. Joseph, brother Jody (David) Miller Cox, Rowlett, Texas; brother-in-law Larry (Cathy) Kitchen, St. Louis, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; Skyeleigh Cox, Shannon Cox, Jr., Hunter Wilmes, Faith Wilmes, Kayla Wilmes, Chance Wilmes, Lane Kollitz, Latham Kollitz, Rhett Kollitz, Jace Sullwold and Wyatt Sullwold; several nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Sheridan Christian Church, Sheridan, Missouri.  Burial will be in the Grant City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Monday, Feb. 8, at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home in Grant City.

Memorials:  Worth County Ambulance District or Missouri Police Canine Association.
Arrangements: Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City, MO.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ryan McClellan Swipes 8; Tiger Winning Streak Reaches Six

Fresh off stealing six against Albany, Ryan McClellan stole eight against Maysville as Worth County continued its winning ways, getting a 61-53 win over the Wolverines. The reason Worth County has been able to win games all of a sudden is their defense; they have held opponents to 47, 57, 35, 44, 34, and 53 during the streak. The emergence of Ryan McClellan has been another; he has taken his game to another level after putting on a few inches since last year. The third reason is the play of Isaac Alarcon; he put up a career high 16 points Monday night against Maysville. His point production has gone up during the streak; he put up 13 against Nodaway-Holt, 9 against Albany, and got a game-winning steal against the Warriors to jump-start the streak as well.

While he is more known for getting steals, it was Ryan's legs which provided the key turning point in the game. Worth County was up 52-49 late in the fourth, but Maysville was going in for a fast break. But Ryan McClellan of all people altered the shot. Maysville got the ball back, but then Ben Badell knocked the ball loose after a scramble and Cade Allee picked up the loose ball and got it to Drake Simmons for a layup to create a four point swing. Instead of 52-51, Worth County was up 54-49. Then, Maysville rushed the ball right back up the floor and had a good transition look, but inexplicably, the coach called a timeout. They hit a tough shot coming out, but the break seemed to benefit Worth County as they took it right back down the floor and Ryan McClellan hit Cade Allee inside to make it 56-51.

Maysville made another mistake on its next possession. Worth County got a stop and Drake Simmons got a perfect boxout and defensive board when one of the Wolverine players went over his back and collected a foul, 70 feet from the basket. Simmons knocked down the free throws; thanks to the gift foul, they were up three possessions at 58-51. The Wolverines hit two free throws on their next possession, but then they had to start fouling with the clock running down to a minute and Simmons hit three out of four free throws down the stretch to preserve the win for Worth County. He had 10 points in the final quarter to carry the Tigers.

It looked like a clinic at first for Worth County in the first quarter. Ryan McClellan scored four points off a drive and a steal, Isaac Alarcon made some unbelievable plays on his way to eight points in the period as he was outjumping, outmuscling, and outworking the taller Maysville players. Mason Hawk also added four points. Worth County led 20-14 and added to it when Ben Badell pushed one ahead to Isaac Alarcon for a layup to make it 22-14 to start the second quarter, but then Worth County had one of those defensive lapses that can let a team right back in the game. Nobody got back on defense and Maysville got an easy layup on them to get the points right back. Sure enough, Maysville began chipping away at the lead and getting on the line; by halftime, Maysville had erased Worth County's lead and went up 28-27.

It looked like a game between the two squads from two years ago on the same court as Maysville went on a 7-2 run to start the third and go up 36-29. Two years ago, Worth County had let a promising start slip away as Maysville came back and won by four. But Worth County came back by getting on the line and changing the tempo of the game to a much faster pace; the chaotic pace helped Worth County get back in. Isaac Alarcon was outworking and outmuscling people, Ben Badell added a 3-point, play, and Mason Hawk added a couple of free throws as Worth County closed to within one at 39-38. Finally, Isaac Alarcon channeled Ryan McClellan and stripped one of the Maysville guards and went in for a layup to make it 40-39.

Maysville scored off an inbounds play to move back in front, but Mason Hawk's putback and Caleb Parman's free throws gave Worth County a 44-41 lead after three, a lead it would not relinquish.

Isaac Alarcon had 16 points and Drake Simmons had 12 for the Tigers. The two freshmen combined for almost half of Worth County's points. Mason Hawk had 8, Caleb Parman, Ben Badell, and Cade Allee all had 5, Ryan McClellan and Brevyn Ross had 4, and Drake Kinsella had 2. Drake Kinsella had 4 assists, Isaac Alarcon and Ryan McClellan had 3, Ben Badell and Brevyn Ross had 2, and Cade Allee had 1. Mason Hawk had 3 rejections; Drake Kinsella had 2, Cade Allee had 1, and Isaac Alarcon 1, a monster stuff that went into the stage. Ryan McClellan had 8 steals while Isaac Alarcon had 3, Cade Allee and Drake Kinsella 2, and Mason Hawk 1.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

1-25 – Officer on escort duty for local bank.
1-25 – Officer investigates possible vandalism in Worth County.
1-25 – Officer investigates civil problem in Worth County.
1-26 – Report of possible theft from unlocked car in Grant City.
1-26 – Officer investigates accident at Lyon Street and 170th Road; no injuries.
1-27 – Report of car vs. deer accident south of Sheridan Y on 46.
1-27 – Report of a horse out south of Grant City.
1-27 – Officer assists DFS on juvenile case.
1-28 – Officer assists lady with unruly child.
1-28 – Person in for CCW fingerprinting.
1-29 – Person calls about ADT alarm.
1-31 – Report of car vs. deer accident on highway C south of Allendale.

Obituary -- Barbara Godsey 1933-2016

Barbara L. Godsey, 82, of Ravenwood, MO, passed from this life on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at her home with her family at her side.

Barbara was born in New Market, IA, on June 12, 1933. Her parents were Jesse Lynn and Louise (Dougherty) Sierp. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Catherine Tadlock, in 1979.

She moved to Hopkins at age 6 and graduated high school there. On February 10, 1951, Barbara was united in marriage to Gerald Lee Godsey, at her parent’s home in Hopkins. They moved to Ravenwood in 1960.

Barbara was a member of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville, and the Quilters Guild of the church. She played the piano and organ for weddings and funerals for many years at St. Gregory’s and St. Columba’s Catholic Church.

Barbara was the plant manager’s secretary for 28 years at the former Energizer plant in Maryville.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Godsey of the home; 4 children, Linda Lee (Bill) Tadlock, Stanberry, MO, Tim (Patty) Godsey, Ravenwood, MO, David (Teresa) Godsey, Ravenwood, MO, and Lori (Steve) Sears, Queen Creek, AZ; siblings, Roger Sierp, Maryville, MO, and Mary Elaine (Marlin) Smith, Birmingham, IA; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville. The burial will follow in the Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, MO.

There will be a parish prayer service at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, with visitation to follow until 8:00 PM, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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