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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.

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.

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Joann Trost

Funeral services for Joann Trost, 86, formerly of Churdan will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, March 14th, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson with burial in the Highland Township Cemetery at Churdan. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home in Jefferson.


Joann Jessie Aschinger, the daughter of John and Kathryn (Peters) Aschinger was born on June 2, 1931 in Westside, Iowa. She departed this life on March 10, 2018 at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake, Iowa at the age of 86 years, 9 months and 8 days.

She was the 6th of 7 children born to this family. The family farmed near Westside, Iowa. Joann attended country school with her siblings until the family moved to Wall Lake. She graduated from Wall Lake High School in 1949. She taught country school at Jackson #5. She met Paul Trost in Wall Lake when he was hired as teacher, coach and baseball player. They were united in marriage on August 18, 1951 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, Jeffrey, Steven, Scott and Laurie.

The Trost family settled in Paul’s hometown of Churdan. Joann loved gardening both flowers and vegetables. She took great pride in both and spent many hours making her flower beds look beautiful and filling the freezer and cupboards with food for her family. She was very handy and did a lot of painting and wallpapering for herself and for others. She also enjoyed refinishing woodworks. After her children were in school, Joann worked for the United States Postal System until her retirement. This was another source of pride for her.

The Trost family was members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson, Iowa. Joann taught Sunday school, belonged to the LWML and Fellowship Society. She was a member of the handbell and vocal choirs. She became very involved in the Bible and read and studied it in its entirety many times. She didn’t just read the Bible, however, but lived it and was a help to anyone that she felt needed her assistance. She was a very faithful member.

Joann loved to have fun and would play games whenever anyone was interested. Bridge was her favorite! She loved music and especially loved to dance. Paul and Joann would spend Sunday evenings at dances at the Lakewood Ballroom. A good polka would light up her face! Joann also loved sports, especially baseball, and spent many hours in the bleachers as the wife of a coach, but also as a mother and grandmother. She loved watching her children and then her grandchildren in all of their activities.

Joann was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1986 and met the challenge presented to her with the same determination she did everything. She did not let the disease define who she was and what she could do. She continued to work and “go” until she needed more care. In 2007 after the loss of her husband, she moved into a care facility and lived until she passed.

Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, her parents John and Kathryn Aschinger, father and mother-in-law Adolf and Laura (Nahnsen) Trost. Brothers, Reuben, Manuel and Donald Aschinger, sister Delores Wright/Rowedder, Brothers-in-law, Herbert, Edgar and Charles Trost, Lloyd Wright, Leroy Rowedder, Wally Carstensen, sisters-in-law Leola and Betty Aschinger, Ruth and Eloise Trost and granddaughter Kristin Trost.

Those left to mourn her passing are her children Jeff &Julie of Nashua, Steven &Lori of Wall Lake, Scott & Deb of Lohrville, Laurie & George Walker of Paton, Grandchildren, Jason, Jill, Jon &Krista Trost, Eric & Beth, Mitchell & Ashley Trost Lindsey & Donald Schroeder Amanda Trost & Chris Daniel, Stephanie Trost, Grant and Samantha Walker, Audrey Walker & Marty Ball. Great grandchildren Madilyn, MaKenzi, Samuel, Julianna, Logan, Landon, Clayton, Marcus, Morgan, and baby Walker. Brothers Marlin (Lorraine) and Veryl (Jody) Aschinger sisters-in-law Bonnie Aschinger, Berneta Carstensen, Geneva and Phyllis Trost, many nieces and nephews and friends.

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Robert “Bob” Rhoades

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Rhoades, 91, of Jefferson will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home with an Elks Memorial Service held at 6:30 PM.

Cards or memorials given to honor Bob may be sent to his daughter, Theresa Ritland, 216 North Riverside Drive, Ames, Iowa 50010. The family is supporting scholarships through the Elks National Foundation and the Dr. Joe Rhoades Cancer Compassion Fund.

Robert Eugene Rhoades was born February 12, 1927, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, son of William Clifford and Martha Kelley Rhoades and grew up in Jefferson with a family of three sisters and one brother. After graduating from Jefferson High School, he enlisted in the Air Corps and served two and a half years during World War II as a Radiosonde Operator in the 11th Weather Squadron stationed on Shemya Island (part of the Aleutian Islands), gathering data from weather balloons. He served honorably as one of the Greatest Generation.

In 1947, as Bob returned from the military he met the love of his life, Rita Minnihan, on the dance floor at a youth center in Jefferson. They married November 12, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jefferson, beginning their 67 years of marriage. Bob and Rita were blessed with four sons and two daughters. Family tent camping trips with six young children was quite an endeavor, but provided enduring stories and memories. His hard work ethic was admirable as he made many sacrifices to raise a family of six and send them all to college. He was incredibly proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, enjoying their varied personalities and interests. Family life encompassed their lives, but Bob also found time for community involvement with the Elks Lodge in Jefferson as a Charter Member, Greene County Community Theater as a set builder, and countless remodeling projects for friends and family. He loved music, especially the big band sounds and was known for his excellent bass voice, spontaneously breaking out into song at unexpected times. Dancing was an integral part of Bob and Rita’s social life including Saturday night dances at the Elks Lodge. Under a gruff exterior was a man with a very caring heart who had an affectionate way of finding nicknames for family and friends.

Bob has been a lifelong Jefferson businessman as owner of Rhoades Plumbing & Heating for over 30 years. After retirement he transitioned to his real passion of woodworking. While growing up he was always building things with whatever he could find and dreamed of having his own wood shop some day. Bob and Rita established a furniture refinishing business and he built a woodworking shop in his garage. This provided innumerable hours making intricate wooden décor for family and friends. One of the greatest joys was the memorable Central Iowa Honor Flight to Washington, DC in August 2010 with his sons. In November 2013 Bob and Rita made their home at The Gardens Assisted Living. Bob passed away on March 2, 2018, at Greene County Medical Center. The family is indebted to the compassionate care given to Bob and Rita by staff at The Gardens Assisted Living, McFarland Clinic, Greene County Medical Center ER and Acute Care, Long Term Care, and St. Croix Hospice, while navigating this journey with us.

Those who mourn his passing are son Michael (Mona) Rhoades of The Villages, Florida; daughter-in-law Kathy Rhoades of Des Moines, son Jerry (Kathy) Rhoades of Alameda, California; daughter Theresa Ritland of Ames, daughter Linda (Kirk) Setzer of Amana, and son Patrick (Jane) Rhoades of Des Moines, nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister Peggy Dunne of Jefferson, a brother-in-law Jerry Minnihan of St. Louis, Missouri. Preceding him in death was his wife, Rita, his parents, sisters Barbara Rose and Helen Joyce Kinsman, brother Joseph William Rhoades and his son Joseph L. Rhoades, MD.

Visitation will be held on March 6, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson, with an Elks Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson, Iowa, with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating. Interment is at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson.

Serving as casket bearers are Kirk Setzer, David Dunne, Bill Dunne, Bob Stream, Kevin Rhoades and Jeff Eaton.

Serving as Honorary casket bearers (grandchildren) are Monica Rhoades, Sarah Casados, Melanie Sheafer, Laura Samnadda, Christian Setzer, Seth Rhoades, Rachael Rhoades, Lynette Ritland Bond and Lindsey Ritland Ante.

Cards or memorials given to honor Bob may be sent to his daughter, Theresa Ritland, 216 North Riverside Drive, Ames, Iowa 50010. The family is supporting scholarships through the Elks National Foundation and the Dr. Joe Rhoades Cancer Compassion Fund.