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William (Bill) Schulze

Bill 3Funeral services for Bill Schulze, 90, formerly of Jefferson, will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, May 11th, at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson. Burial will be in the Jefferson City Cemetery with full military honor conducted by the Jefferson American Legion and VFW. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Wearing of masks are suggested at the funeral home.

Survivors include his son, Jeff and wife Chris of Scranton and sister, Marge Schulze of Grimes.



William (Bill) Schulze was born April 8, 1931 at Sioux City, Iowa and departed this life Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Kennybrook Village in Grimes, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 90 years and one month.

In 1933, Bill was adopted by Paul and Frances (Gingery) Schulze of rural Jefferson. Bill attended country schools, grades 1-8 and graduated from the Jefferson High School in 1950. Bill helped his father on the farm while in school and following graduation. He entered the U.S. Army in February of 1952 and served with the 145th Infantry Division in Korea during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant First Class in November of 1953. He returned home and continued farming the family farm where in his lifetime he would farm for 71 years.

On August 13, 1971, Bill was united in marriage to Janice Hurdel at the Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm and Bill farmed the land. Bill and Janice together raised ostriches and had large gardens. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and liked mowing the yard, baling hay and helping other people when possible. His hobbies were collecting antiques, refinishing furniture, building little wagons and windmills and painting colorful cream cans. Bill was a member of the Floyd W. Brown American Legion Post No. 11 and served as Commander for two years and served one year as Vice Commander of the 8th district. He was also as a member of the Jefferson VFW and had been a long-time member of the Jefferson Elks Lodge.

Janice passed away in October of 1999 and Bill continued to lived on the farm for a few years and when he moved to Waukee to make his home. In September of 2015, he moved to Kennybrook Valley in Grimes.

Bill is survived by his son, Jeff and his wife, Chris of Scranton, sister, Marge Schulze of Des Moines, a very devoted friend, Ellen Lane of Waukee, grandchildren; Matessa (Jamie) Aschinger, Ashley Hanlon, Amber (Tony) Snyder, and Josh (Breanna Andrews) Schulze and great-grandchildren; Lukas, Logan, Jacie, Joeleigh, Annabelle, Madelyn, Noah, Autumn and Scarlett. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents and wife.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson, Iowa with Pastor Dennis Martens of the Jefferson Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. It was Bill’s request two songs be played at his funeral service, those being “Great Speckled Bird” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Burial was made in the Jefferson City Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Camp Dodge Military Honor Guard and the Jefferson American Legion and VFW.

Serving as casket bearers were Dean Sabus, Bruce Mobley, Josh Schulze, Kevin Schmidt, Birt Davis, Roger Morgan, Dennis Ostrander and Jamie Aschinger.

Bill wishes were that memorials be given to the Jefferson American Legion or to the Jefferson Elks National Youth Scholarship Foundation.


Betty Buswell


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Betty Buswell, 87, of Jefferson, passed away March 19, 2021 at the Greene Co. Medical Long Term Care Center in Jefferson. No services were held in accordance with her wishes. Burial will be in the Jefferson City Cemetery.

Betty Joanne Buswell, was born the daughter of Henry and Mary (Michael) Tuhn, December 12, 1933 in Bristol Township, Greene Co, Iowa. She grew up in Farlin and when she was 8 years old, the family moved to Jefferson where she attended school. Later, she worked for a chicken processor and at an egg plant. She also helped in a family home caring for the children.

On June 23, 1962, Betty Tuhn was married to Donald Buswell at the Churdan Baptist Church. Together Betty and Don raised a family of seven children. They made their home on a farm north of Jefferson. Betty and Don were later divorced and Betty made her home in Jefferson until 2012 when she became a resident of the Greene Co. Long Term Care Facility.

Betty loved bowling and was a member of women’s bowling teams for many years. She also enjoyed playing bingo, visiting Las Vegas, gardening and fishing.

Betty is survived by her children; Linda (Larry) Booth of Bagley, Dorene (Jack) Tuhn of Jefferson, Don (Ann) Buswell of Carroll, Sheri Parks of Ogden and Susan (John) Harmon of Slater, a sister, Marilyn (Harvey) Ganoe of Jefferson, 20 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, sons; Ronald and Michael, brother and his wife, Robert and Jean Tuhn, granddaughter Jennifer Parks and grandson Curtis Parks, daughter-in-law Kathy Buswell and son-in-law Pete Parks.

Mary Nelsen

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Services: 2 PM Saturday, March 13, at the Lohrville Methodist Church with visitation from 1 to 1:45 PM.


Mary Rose Nelsen, the daughter of Henry and Amalia (Kopsa) Kalous, was born May 4, 1932 at Lake City Iowa and passed from this life March 7, 2021 at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa at the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 3 days.

Mary graduated from Lohrville High School in 1950 and started her career as a nursing assistant at Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson Iowa.

On December 18, 1954, Mary was united in marriage to James Christian Nelsen in Tennessee while James was serving his country in the military. Five children were born to this union. The couple made their home in Lohrville and raised their family. Mary spent her life doing what she loved, working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, Iowa. Mary retired in 2004 after 40 years of devoting her life to the care of others.

In the 1980s, a co-worker invited Mary to a clowning class in Fort Dodge and she really enjoyed it. She started attending local events dressed up as a clown, making balloon animals, and painting faces for the kids.

In 2012, Mary moved to Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City where she lived until her death. Her husband, Jim, passed away in February of 2013.

Mary is survived by her children: Mary Genice (Cletus Althoff) Easton of Waukon, Mike Nelsen of Lohrville, Chris (Deb) Nelsen of West Des Moines, Patty (Brad) Lundquist of Johnston, Carl (Lori) Nelsen of Lohrville, 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and sister, Elizabeth Thomasson of Massachusetts. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James and brother, Carl Kalous.

           Funeral Services were held  Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the United Methodist Church, Lohrville with Pastor Lorinda Hoover officiating with burial in the Evergreen Township Cemetery near Lohrville. A musical selection of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” was played at the service.

Serving as casket bearers were Ben Nelsen, Dustin Nelsen, Cole Collis, Tyler Nelsen, Austin Nelsen, Skylar Loper, Kyler Nelsen and Koby Kraft.

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Joanne Legore

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Joanne Legore, the daughter of Lloyd and Yvonne (Briner) Toliver, was born August 1, 1932 in Greene County, Iowa and passed from this life February 27, 2021 at her rural farm home near Churdan surrounded by her family. She lived a full life to the age of 88 years, 6 months and 21 days.

Joanne attended school in Churdan and graduated from the Churdan High School in 1950. She then attended Cedar Falls Teacher’s College, received her teaching certificate and taught elementary grades and substituted in several area schools. On June 14, 1953, Joanne Toliver was united in marriage to Darrell Legore at the First Baptist Church in Churdan. Three daughters were born to this union. After their marriage, they lived in Churdan and in the fall of 1954, they moved to a farm east of Churdan and started farming and raising their daughters. When Darrell’s parents moved into Churdan in 1960, Darrell and Joanne moved to his parent’s farm where they have since made their home.

Both Joanne and Darrell were very active members of the First Baptist Church of Churdan. Joanne served on various church boards, taught Sunday school and led youth groups. She loved to read and served on the Churdan Library Board for over 40 years. She enjoyed working in the yard and Darrell’s garden but was possibly best known for her quilting. Joanne was also an avid fan of all sports, particularly basketball. She attended countless games watching her daughters, grand-children, nieces, nephews and others play. She loved to travel, especially with her family and had visited all 50 states as well as making several international trips.

Joanne is survived by her three loving daughters, Renaye Lindgren of Churdan, Rochelle (Dr. Thomas Fagg) Guess of Jefferson and Angela (David) Fatka of Paton; six grandchildren: Amanda (Lindgren) Helms, Nathan Guess, Tricia (Lindgren) Loeffler, Dr. Cara (Guess) Sawyer, Lucas Fatka, Callie (Fatka) Ayers; seven step-grandchildren; Marissa (Sergio) Romero, Alyssa (Mak) Zachajasz, John Fagg, Stephen Fagg, Thomas Fagg, Blake Fagg and Blaine Fagg, 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Jeanne Wiederin and Janice (Charles) Paup both of Churdan, sisters-in-law;  Donna Hyland of Utah, Teena Toliver of Churdan and Lois Curtis of Jefferson; exchange student Jon (Janny) Kravetz and their children (Jacob, Rebecca, Hannah) of Boston; and many nieces and nephews all of whom she loved. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband Darrell in July of 2018, brother Ron Toliver, son-in-law Brent Lindgren and brothers-in-law; Marty Wiederin, Charles Curtis and Phillip Hyland.

A celebration of Joanne’s life was held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Churdan with Pastor David Arulnathan officiating. Musical selections, “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” and “Mansion Over the Hilltop” were sung by the congregation and accompanied by organist, Matt Schutt. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Serving as casket bearers were Nathan Guess, Lucas Fatka, James Helms, Jamie Loeffler, Todd Sawyer and Jon Ayers.

Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis, the daughter of Russell and Adrianna (Miller) Borg, was born October 2, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa and departed this life December 28, 2020 at the Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa.

Barbara lived in rural Runnells, Iowa when she was young, moving into Des Moines in later childhood. In 1939, her family moved to Lohrville where her father was already working for P.M. Lauver at the DX Station as a mechanic. Barbara graduated from Lohrville High School in 1945 and attended Iowa State Teachers College where she received a 2-year teaching degree. She taught country school near Lake City and in Farnhamville. While teaching in Farnhamville she met Earl Davis at the Gowrie Skating Rink. They were married June 16, 1951 at the Church of Christ in Lohrville. They were blessed with two children, Brian and Marsha. Once her children were in school, she taught again in Farnhamville and then at Lincoln Elementary School in Lake City.

Barbara is survived by her children; Brian Davis and his wife, Becky, of Lake City and Marsha Jones and her husband, Doug, of Cedar Falls, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earl in 2014 and sister, Margie White.

Ruth Parker

Funeral services for Ruth Parker, 90, of Churdan will be held at 11 AM Monday, Dec. 21st, at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with burial in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 AM prior to the service. All persons attending must wear a mask.

Survivors include her children; Greg Marquart of Boone, Dezetta Thompson of Jefferson, Deneise Behrens of Meriden and Deneil Parker of Wisconsin and brothers and sister; Richard McDonald, Dennis McDonald and Bev Teel.


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Ruth Bonita Parker, the daughter of Clarence and Martha (Goeche) McDonald, was born September 24, 1930 at Carroll, Iowa and departed this life December 13, 2020 at the Regency Park Care and Rehab Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived a full life to the age of 90 years, 2 months and 19 days.

Ruth was raised in the Scranton area and attended and graduated from the Scranton High School in 1951. Ruth was married and gave birth to two children; Judith and Gregory and was later divorced. On September 25, 1959, Ruth was married to Lloyd Parker, Jr. at Pocahontas, Iowa. Lloyd brought his two children to the family from his first marriage; Deneil and Deneise. A daughter, Dezetta, was born to the union of Ruth and Lloyd. The Parker family made their home in Churdan and Ruth raised her family and worked various jobs, mainly as a restaurant cook in Jefferson and Churdan. Ruth loved to cook, knit, garden, sew, especially Barbi clothes and being with her grandchildren.

Lloyd passed away suddenly on May 31, 1994 and Ruth continued to make her home in Churdan until her health began to fail. In 2014, Ruth moved to the Regency Park Care and Rehab Center where she was a resident until her death.

Ruth was a longtime member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan.

Left to mourn her passing are her children; Gregory (Kalheen) Marquart of Boone, Dezetta (Marlin) Thompson of Jefferson, Deneise (Keith) Behrens of Meriden, and Deneil Parker of Wisconsin, 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two brothers; Richard (Rose) McDonald of Scranton and Dennis (Joyce) McDonald of Michigan and sister, Bev (Howard) Teel of California. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, daughter Judy, sister Agnes in childhood and grandson James.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 21, 2020, at 11:00 AM at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Father John Gerald officiating and Stephanie Baily with words of remembrances of her grandma. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” were played at the service.

Serving as casket bearers were Greg W. Marquart, Adam Marquart, Stephen Bailey, Stephanie Bailey, Jacob Thompson and Nolan Ford.