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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.

Henry L. Christiansen

Henry Leo Christiansen III (Jr.)
1957 – 2018

Henry L. Christiansen III, was born May 18, 1957 in Red Oak, Iowa to Henry (Hank) and Darlene (Hopkins) Christiansen. He passed from this life February 22, 2018 at the Jefferson County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 60 years, 7 months and 3 days.

Henry moved with his family to many places in South Dakota before settling down in Ute, Iowa. He attended Charter Oak High School.

October 9, 1976, Henry was united in marriage to Denise Straight in Soldier, Iowa. During his married life, Henry and Denise lived in many places and he worked in many different occupations. His favorite jobs were being a semi-driver and hauling US mail. Henry was avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed drag racing and WWE wrestling. His favorite things in life were his two granddaughters.

He is survived by his wife, Denise of Jefferson, daughter Ashley (John Cooke) of Jefferson and their daughters; Claire and Madison, two brothers; Allan (Chris) Christiansen and Lorne (Brenda) Christiansen both of Ute, father and mother-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Geoff Lake of Dunlap, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and a niece, Amanda Christiansen.

No services are planned at this time.

Donald Cole

Don Cole, the son of Gilbert and Faye (Bowles) Cole, was born November 15, 1938 at Lohrville, Iowa. Don grew up in Lohrville on a farm helping with the chores and field work. He graduated from the Lohrville High School in 1957, later attended college and then worked at the Lohrville Bank.
On May 28, 1960, Don married Harriett Wilson at the United Methodist Church in Lake City. On the night of their marriage, Harriett and Don left to go to Santa Ana, California where Don had a job in a bank. Don and Harriett were blessed in their marriage with two children; Scott and Terri.
Don served the Lord since 1967. He belonged to the United Foursquare Church in California. With Don, going to church on Sunday was not an option but a must. He loved to do crossword puzzles, working in his yard and traveling through California, Alaska and Hawaii. Don was outgoing and never met a stranger.
In 1976, Don and Harriett bought a flower shop in which they worked side by side in the shop. Due to Harriett’s health issues from contracting polio at the age of eleven, she retired in 1996 and Don ran the shop and lovingly cared for his wife for many years.
In 2003, they made what they considered their best decision; moving back to Iowa. Churdan was the town they picked to make their home for the best, last fourteen years. In their eyes, the people of Churdan and Lohrville were the greatest. Don and Harriett joined the Churdan United Methodist Church and Don served on the church council, ushered, Lay Leader and ministered to the sick in the community.
Don is survived two daughters; Terri Cole and Dana Browne, both of Irvine, California, brothers; Dick (Cindy) Cole of Jewell, Tim (Denise) Cole of Spirit Lake and Tom (Sharon) Cole of Cortez, Colorado, brothers-in-law; Gary (Janice) Wilson of Oklahoma and David (Jo) Wilson of Denver, Colorado, an aunt, Vera Melrose of Holden, Missouri. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, wife, son, Scott, a sister and brother-in-law Josette and Kenny Custer, brother Terry and sister-in-law Sharon Wilson.
Don passed away at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll on January 27, 2018. He lived his life to the age of 79 years, 2 months and 12 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Churdan with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections, “Blessed Assurance” and “Amazing Grace” were sung by the congregation and Greg Carey was soloist and Lori Anderson was organist.
Serving as casket bearers were Ryan Cole, Aaron Cole, Kory Cole, Brent Weiner, Justin Adams and Shane Custer. Honorary bearers were Johnny and Beth Shoemaker, Charles and Jan Paup, Keith and Rhetta Wright, Eric and Nicole Flinn, Joyce Clark, Kathryn Carey, Ruth Nugent, Rita Schmitt, Barbara Winkelman, Victoria Arulnathan Lance and Shannon Arnold, Mike and Kelly Glascock and Melinda Scott.

Eleanor Rydings O’Neill

Our dear mother, Eleanor, peacefully passed on November 28, 2017. A memorial service celebrating her 93 years of life was held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 2nd at McGilley & Hoge Chapel, Overland Park, KS. Visitation was held at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson from 1:00 to 1:30 P.M. , Monday, December 4th followed by burial next to her husband, William and her daughters, Kathleen and Ellen in the Jefferson City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kansas City Musical Club, c/o Treasurer Chris Evans Hands, 10206 Edelweiss Circle, Merriam, KS 66203.

Eleanor was born March 5, 1924 in Jefferson, IA, the first child of Milo and Gladys Rydings. She had a carefree childhood and thrived even during the stressful period of the Great Depression. She demonstrated a strong attraction to her studies and appreciation for the arts, particularly music. While in high school, she learned to play the alto sax and gained such proficiency that she travelled to Kansas City and won a National Award for her playing.

After high school, Eleanor decided to pursue her interest in music by attending the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She was a proper, yet adventurous young woman, which she demonstrated by accepting a blind date with a man described to her as a “star” high school football player, against her better judgement, expecting a brawny, uncultured behemoth. Instead the love of her life, William O’Neill, at 5”6” and 120 lbs picked her up and, if not immediately sweeping her off her feet, managed to quickly receive a piece of her heart that grew into a lifelong union of their two souls. During this most tumultuous period of total war, Bill was drafted and Eleanor, despite parental reluctance on both sides, accepted his proposal of marriage. They were married in secret with Bill racing the paper boy to seize the morning paper, which included their wedding bands, before it was delivered to his parents, a race the “star” athlete lost.

War and the draft led them to Biloxi, MS, where they lived a life of romance during a most unstable time. Bill was assigned overseas in the spring of 1945, but not before Eleanor conceived her first child, William II. Billy was born in December, while her husband was still stationed on Guam. In the spring of 1946, Bill returned and their second child, Ellen was born in February, 1947. Kathleen and then Corinne soon followed, so that by the year 1951 Eleanor became fully engaged in raising her young family.

These first 10 years of marriage after the war found the family moving many times while Bill pursued his career in transportation. Eleanor found herself making a home for her children in 7 separate houses during those years, which included the birth of her fifth child, Kevin, until the family finally found more permanent roots in Independence, MO. Here Eleanor moved into what she described as her favorite home on 615 N. Delaware St., where we all saw and greeted President Truman strolling from the Truman Home to the Truman Library early in the morning. Eleanor celebrated the move with her sixth child, Brien, born in 1958. She settled into the challenge and routine of raising 6 young children ranging in age from 12 to infant for the next few years until, at the age of 42, she gave life to Sean, her youngest.

Not done with life or challenges, Eleanor decided to put to use the stenographer and typing skills she had learned over 25 years earlier, and went to work for Macy’s as a member of the typing pool. Her skills and intelligence were soon recognized as she quickly became the secretary for the downtown KC Macy’s store manager.

A marriage of over 65 years can have some rocky and turbulent patches. Eleanor and Bill’s union was not exempt from rough seas and, at one point, they were divorced. But Eleanor loved Bill so much, that, with some reform on his part, she accepted his second proposal of marriage and they eloped again, this time unbeknownst to their children, to Oklahoma, where they reaffirmed their marriage vows.

The last 25 years of their lives together were their happiest. They found a gentle joy in their day to day activities, and, most rewardingly, in the lives of their grand and great grandchildren that their children presented them. After her husband’s death, Eleanor lived contentedly the last 5 years with her daughter, Corinne, and son-in-law, Randy Yeager until a recent hospitalization.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Milo and Gladys Rydings, her husband, William James O’Neill and her daughters, Ellen O’Neill and Kathleen O’Neill. She is survived by her children, William James II (Carolyn), Corinne (Randy) Yeager, Kevin, Brien (Lisa), and Sean (Teanna); her 14 grandchildren, Susan, Scott, Alicia, Sara, Brent, Ashley, Amy, Timothy, Jennifer, Jessica, Jeffrey, Reilly, Aidan, and Alec; and her 16 great grandchildren, Jackson, Benjamin, Evelyn, Jane, Gage, Sam, Grace, Carson, Kinsley, Laney, Stella, Liza, Lucille, Lilli, Charlotte and Caitlin. She is also survived by her sisters, Marie Smith and Beverly Batcheler and her brother, Herbert Rydings.

All of us are so thankful for the life that our mom, grandma, and great grandma gave us and the life of love and respect, for everyone, that she taught us to live.

Donald E. Bishop

Donald (Donny) Eugene Bishop
1948 – 2017

Donny Bishop, the son of Jack and Betty (Wright) Bishop, was born December 15, 1948 at Jefferson, Iowa and departed this life November 19, 2017 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 68 years, 11 months and 19 days.
Donny attended school in Grand Junction and later attended Taxidermy School in Janesville, Wisconsin. On August 5, 1967, Donny was united in marriage to Vicki Thornburg in Jefferson. They lived in Grand Junction and raised their family. They were later divorced.
In August of 1989, Donny met Nancy (Genco) Kinnan and on March 29, 2002, they were married at Donny’s brother’s home in Huntington, Arkansas.
Donny grew up in Grand Junction and loved carpentry work. He had a passion for fishing, hunting and farm life. After taxidermy school, Donny would work summer jobs and take the winters off to do taxidermy. He worked many jobs during his life including Wolterman Construction, Tri-County Lumber, Parker Wagons and as plant manager for a American Ready mix. He later worked for the Iowa D.O.T. out of Jefferson from 1993 to 2011. In 2011, Donny suffered a stroke which forced him to retire but he continued to farm and enjoyed gardening. Donny never met a child he couldn’t love like his own. He believed there was good in all people and with hard work and faith in God, anything is possible.
Donny was a past member of both the Grand Junction and Jefferson Fire Department.
Donny is survived by his wife, Nancy, four children; Steve (Judy) Bishop of Carroll, Tim (Echo) Bishop of Missouri, Lori Bishop (Mike Webb) of Herndon, and Kristy (Rick) Broadston of Pleasant Hill, 9 grand-children, 15 great-grandchildren, a brother Gary (Ellen) Bishop of Jefferson and three sisters; Julie (Ron) Vickers of Grand Junction, Sandy (Larry) Chunning of Fountain, CO. and Jean (Dave) Vickers of Grand Junction. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, a brother Dennis Bishop and a granddaughter Grace Ann Broadston.
A celebration of Donny’s life was held December 3, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Hill Church southeast of Jefferson.
Honorary bearers were Charles Gunn (Bug), Arthur Matherne, Robert Hebert, Tom Thorpe, Casey LeBlanc, Gary Miller, Aaron Cortez, Dick Moranville, Mark Clouse, Daryl Frickey, Steven Griffin, Jake Tonsfeldt, Makenna Broadston, Duwert Reese, Jerry Gilbertson and Daryl Bishop.