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John (Jack) Griffin

John (Jack) Griffin, the son of Bernard and Lena (Hansen) Griffin, was born October 24, 1924 in Des Moines, Iowa and passed from this life August 3, 2018 at the Rowley Masonic Home in Perry, Iowa. He lived a full life to the age of 93 years, 9 months and 9 days.
Jack grew up in the Paton area attending country school and later graduated from Paton High School in 1942. He frequently praised both sets of his grandparents for their guidance while he was growing up and used them as role models for much of his life.
Jack had various jobs in the Paton area including at the Paton Drug Store while in high school. He also drove trucks for local businesses and worked for the Northwestern Railroad. On February 10, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart Roberta Mundt and they farmed the Mundt family farm. One son, John Robert, was born to this union. After a tragic farm accident which took Roberta in 1969, Jack married Betty Williams on March 6, 1971 at the E.U.B. Church in Paton. They were married for 36 years until her death.
He enjoyed reading and learning about his current interests and hobbies which included shorthorn cattle, music, auctions and flea markets. He enjoyed people, socializing and attending all the local area parades and celebrations. He never met a stranger.
Jack is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Jan of Perry, one grandson Jeffry and his wife Rebecca and great granddaughter Robynn of Clear Lake. He is also survived by a brother Fred of Perry, a sister JoAnn Griffin and husband Brian of Urbana, Illinois and nieces and nephews. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, a step-father Everett Maschino and both wives.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Paton Township Cemetery with Pastor Rick Gates of Crossroads Church in Perry officiating.

Larry J. Hirschberg

Larry Hirschberg, 75, of Farnhamville passed away at his home July 22nd with caring help of hospice. He received “J.D.” (Juris Doctorate degree) at Creighton University in 1967.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, son, Nick of Lafayette, Indiana, daughter, Julie Tuel and her fiancé, Alan Birkenholtz of Prairie City, and sister, Pat (Joe) Cunning of Wilmington, Delaware.
Instead of a funeral, money has been sent to two Indian Schools in South Dakota. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

“RISES”
The sun shines through the clouds.
The earth quakes; then continues on.

Sickness strikes…
Tears fall as I hold your cooling hand.
Memories of hopes & dreams mark the moments.

Slivered moon turns to darkness…
and your spirit rises to the light.

Leonard Haakma

Leonard E Haakma son of Bertha Whiteside and John Haakma, was born June 2, 1951, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and departed this life July 5, 2018, in Jefferson, Iowa.
Remembering Leonard and celebrating his life are his wife Pamela Haakma (Williams) of Jefferson, His brother Karl Reinholtz of Sevierville, Tennessee, his son John Haakma and his wife Lindsay of Dallas Center, Iowa. Daughter Tammy Haakma and her partner Matt Royster of Dayton, Iowa, and daughter Crystal Haakma of Perry, Iowa. Mother of his children DiAnn Dick of Perry, Iowa. His passion in life his grandchildren Cameran, Madison, Lexis, Chance, and Lakoda.
Those who proceeded him in death were his parents Bertha Whiteside and John Haakma, and his sister Nancy Jackson.
A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.
The family suggests memorials in memory of Leonard be sent to John Haakma for a trust fund for his grandchildren.

Darrell Legore

Funeral services for Darrell Legore, 87, of Churdan, will be held at 10:30 am Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Churdan with burial in the Highland Cemetery in Churdan. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the church.

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Darrell Legore, the son of Harold P. and Marguerite (Coon) Legore, was born March 10, 1931 on his grandparent’s farm in Greene County near Farlin, Iowa and passed from this life July 4, 2018 at the Greene County Long Term Facility in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 87 years, 3 months and 24 days.

Darrell grew up on his parent’s farm near Churdan and attended and graduated from Churdan High School in 1949. On June 14, 1953, Darrell and Joanne Toliver were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Churdan. Three daughters were born to this union. After their marriage, they lived in Churdan where Darrell did farm work and shelled corn for Dale Barnes. In the fall of 1954, they moved to a farm east of Churdan and started farming. 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. Darrell retired from active farming in 1998. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and time spent with his family.
Darrell was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Churdan where he served many years on the church board, various committees and as a church usher. Darrell also served on the Paton-Churdan School Board and was a member of the Churdan Lion’s Club.

Darrell is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; three daughters, Renaye (Brent) 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; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Donna Hyland of Utah and Lois Curtis of Ames; exchange student Jon (Janny) Kravetz and their children (Jacob, Rebecca, Hannah) of Boston; and many nieces and nephews all of whom he loved. Those who preceded him in death were his parents and three brothers-in-law.

A celebration of Darrell’s life was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Churdan with Pastor Bobby Palmer and Rev. John Swoyer officiating. A special recording of “Midnight Cry” was played at the service. Instrumental music was played by Danille Curtis. 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.

William “Bill” McCarty

William “Bill” McCarty, the son of William Sr. and Lula (Hasty) McCarty, was born August 27, 1937 at Lake City, Iowa and departed this life May 31, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 80 years, 9 months and 4 days.
Bill attended and graduated from Lohrville High School in 1956. He was raised on a farm west of Lohrville.
On September 22, 1957, Bill was united in marriage to Karen Williams at the First Baptist Church in Lake City. Two sons and three daughters were born to this union. Bill and Karen made their home on the family farm near Lohrville where they raised their family. Bill and Karen were always working side by side thru all 60 years of marriage Bill farmed and operated a truck line. Bill and Karen moved to California where they were property managers together for manufactured homes communities. They lived in California for 32 years. They retired and moved to Jefferson, Iowa
Bill was a member of the Lake City First Baptist Church until its closing. He was also a member of the American Angus Association and the Midnighters Car Club. Bill was president of the manufactured home of California for several years.
Bill enjoyed farming which was his passion he always said he was an old sod buster from Iowa. If you knew Bill at all, you know he loved to talk and Bullshit with everyone, the stories he could tell! I would bet everyone here can tell a story that Bill had told them. While he was property manager, he knew and talked to everyone in the communities, he loved people.
Bill loved tractors, semis and antique car. He owned a Model A Ford, a 57 Chevy and a collection of tractors.
Bill loved his family. And he always loved kids around him and all their friends you never knew how many people would be at the house.
Those who were left to mourn his passing are his wife, Karen, children; Tammy (Steve) Smith of Jefferson, Billy McCarty and his partner, Rick Hansen of Council Bluffs and Dianne Dennis of Ankeny. Aldo, Debbie (Denny) Spencer of Cedar Rapids and Tim Williams of Texas, siblings of Karen’s who lived with us and were an important part of our family.11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, a son, Stevie, a daughter, Joanne McCullough, great-granddaughter, Emily Jean McCullough, three brothers; Vaughn, Armour and Merle McCarty and three sisters; Virginia DeLong, Marilyn Owen and Ruth McCarty.
Funeral services were held for Bill at 11:00 A.M., Monday, June 4, 2018 from the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Rev. Bob McKnight officiating. Burial was made in the Lake City Cemetery.
Serving as casket bearers were Bobby Hunt, Eric Million, Josh Million, Kade Dennis, Nick Waddell, Randy McClullough and Zack Smith.

Warder “Dub” Hillhouse

Warder C. “Dub” Hillhouse Jr., the son of Warder and Alice May (Jones) Hillhouse, was born October 26, 1940, in Elliott, Iowa, and departed this life May 15, 2018, in Ames, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family.
Since Dub and his father had the same name, his mother called him W.C. but a neighbor shortened it to Dub and it stuck. Dub graduated from Denison High School in 1958. Following his graduation, Dub worked in construction and engineering in Denison, Iowa. In 1964, he took a job at an engineering firm in Jefferson known as Culver Engineering. Dub learned surveying on the job and worked eight years before taking the land surveyor training test. That was followed by another four years of work and another test to become licensed. The first survey he worked on would become known as Lake Panorama. One of his bigger projects was Lake Panorama’s 1250-foot earthen dam. During the years, Dub spent much of his time working with the Lake Panorama project and surrounding properties. In 1983, Dub and two other employees formed MHF Engineering P.C. in Jefferson. He worked as a land surveyor for 48 years before retiring in 2016.
While working at Culver Engineering, an engineer that had also come from Denison, thought Dub needed a lady friend. So that engineer arranged with the office secretary to invite them both to dinner at her home. They were good matchmakers because on June 10, 1967, Warder C. Hillhouse was united in marriage to Glenda Rice at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Two children were born to this union, Ann and Mark. They made their home in Jefferson and raised their family there. They built a home on Lake Panorama in 2008, and made that their home after Dub’s retirement. Dub and Glenda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017.
Dub was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson for over 50 years. He was an active member of the Jefferson Elks Lodge where he was an officer for many years including serving as Exalted Ruler. Dub loved being outdoors. He was a member of numerous conservation organizations and clubs. He enjoyed playing golf, boating, walking and about anything that involved being outside. His real passions were family, fishing, and the many friends that he had.
Remembering Dub and celebrating his life are his wife, Glenda; a daughter, Ann Murray and her husband Dan of Ames and their children, Jeff, Laura and Katie; a son, Mark and his wife Jamie of Greenwood, Indiana, and their children, Hailey, Cole and Caleb; a sister, Wanda Helmkamp and her husband Don of Royal, Iowa; a brother Jim Hillhouse of Denison; and many other loving family members and friends. Those who preceded him in death were his parents and his brother Ed.
A visitation will be held at Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, May 28, 2018. A service conducted by officers of the Jefferson Elks Lodge will be held for the public immediately following.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Everyone is invited to a luncheon following this service in the Methodist Fellowship Hall.
The family suggests memorials in memory of Dub be sent to American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Panora or Jefferson libraries, or their choice of charity.