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Shirley Hamilton

Shirley Hamilton, the daughter of Leslie and Olive (Ressler) Allen, was born May 13, 1943 at Carroll, Iowa and left this life January 3, 2019 at her rural home near Churdan, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 75 years, 7 months and 20 days.

Shirley attended and graduated from the Churdan High School in 1961 and later attended Burnell College of Cosmetology in Fort Dodge. On August 27, 1961, Shirley Kay Allen was married to Vernon Hamilton at the Presbyterian Church in Churdan, Iowa. Three daughters were born to this union. After their marriage, Vern and Shirley made their home in Dana and Shirley worked as a beautician and raised her family. Shirley was a 4-H leader of the Dana Dainty Damsels. In 1980, after the death of Shirley’s dad, the family moved to the family farm near Churdan. In the early ‘80s, Shirley retired as a beautician and went to work at the Churdan Library; first as children’s director and later as overall director and retired in 2005. Shirley was proud of her Irish heritage and traveled to Ireland to visit her roots.

Shirley was a member of the Churdan and then Paton Presbyterian Church and was church secretary and treasurer in Paton. Shirley was active in the Adaza Club, GA Club and United Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and working in her flower beds. She especially enjoyed having coffee and visiting with her friends.

Shirley is survived by her three daughters, Lesla (Mark) White of Bondurant, Iowa, Dana (Basil) Coale of Gainesville, Virginia and Eugenia (Jeff) Hartsook of Madrid, Iowa, 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon in 2015, a sister, June Marie Allen, two other siblings in infancy and an infant grandson, Joseph Allen Coale.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 7, 2019 from the First Presbyterian Church in Paton with Rev. Daniel Emmert and Rev. Roger Todd officiating. Burial was made in the Evergreen Township Cemetery near Lohrville. Musical selections, “When the Roll is called Up Yonder” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” were sung by Rochelle Guess and Renaye Lindgren.

Serving as casket bearers were Marcus Vogel, Denny Tilley, Charlie Paup, Ron Toliver, Mark Beckley, Craig Geottsch and Jennie Beckley.


Memorials are suggested to be given to the Churdan Library.

Cliff Said

Clifford E. Said, the son of Clifford W. and Marjorie (Homerighouse) Said, was born December 6, 1937 at Dedham, Iowa and departed this life December 17, 2018. He lived his life to the age of 81 years and 11 days.

Cliff graduated from the Scranton Consolidated School in 1956. In May of 1956, Cliff joined the United States Navy and served four years. While in the Navy, he served two years in Germany with the Naval Security Group and in Alaska for one year.

On May 13, 1958, Cliff was united in marriage to Mildred (Millie) Hoyt at the Methodist Church in Scranton. After their marriage, Millie joined Cliff in Germany. Their first daughter, Cindy, was born while there. Tammy was born after they came back to the states in Fort Dodge Ia.

Cliff spent 21 years in the home furnishing business as a salesman, sales manager, general manager and business owner. Cliff and Millie operated a discount furnishings and carpet store in Jefferson for several years. For 34 years, Cliff operated “Cliff Said Seminars”; directing seminars and workshops on leadership, worker relationships, sales and marketing and positive communications throughout the United States and Canada. He authored a book; “Who Am I Really” and was a columnist for various trade publications.

Cliff was an active member of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church and a member of the Community Players where he shared his love of music and singing. Cliff was also a 43 year member of the Jefferson Elks Lodge where he served in many capacities; as an officer with two terms as Exalted Ruler, and on committees such as member-ship, visitation, monthly committees and fund raising. He also served in the state level of the Elks and was currently serving as State Chaplain. He had been State Vice President for the Northwest District, served on the Ritual Committee and conducted workshops on Membership, Leadership and Public Relations. For the Elks Grand Lodge, Cliff served two terms as a District Deputy, worked with the Grand Lodge Membership Committee and was a key note speaker at the Orlando Grand Lodge Convention as well as at many state conventions.
Cliff will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Millie, daughters; Cindy Mason of Jefferson and Tammy Schuett (David), of Grand Island, NE, grandchildren; Lorelle Hinote (J.B.) of SD, Anna Schuett of NE, Josef Schuett (Hope) of NE, great-grandchildren; Isaiah, Lily, Malachi and Jordyn all of SD, and sister; Beverly Hoyt of Jefferson. Preceding him in death were his parents; Marjorie and Clifford W. Said, brothers-in-law; Glen Hoyt and Jack Haack. His sister, Shirley Hoyt passed away two days following his death.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 21, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson with Rev. Gordon Moen officiating. Military Honors were conducted at the church by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Burial was made in the Scranton Township Cemetery near Scranton. Musical selections were sung by the congregation and soloist, J.B. Hinote and accompanied by Keri Brooker. An Elks Rest Memorial service was held at 6:30 P.M. Thursday, December 20, 2018, at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Serving as casket bearers were Les Fister, Steve R. Smith, Aaron Walker, Jonathon Smith, Bill Berger and Bob Smith.

Jean Perry

Jean Perry, the daughter of Charles and Blanche (Sandburg) Holler, was born October 21, 1920 at Lake City, Iowa. She passed from this life December 11, 2018 at the Heritage at Twin Creeks Assisted Living Center in Allen, Texas. She lived a full life to the age of 98 years, 1 month and 20 days.
Jean Holler attended and graduated from the Lohrville High School in 1937 and then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa where she studied for her teaching career. She began teaching in and around the Lohrville, Lake City and Lanesboro area. Jean taught for several years in a one room school house. Most of her teaching was in the Lohrville elementary school program where she taught for over 23 years.
On June 5, 1947, Jean Holler was united in marriage to Dean Perry at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa. A son, Donald, was born to this union. After their marriage, they farmed near Lohrville and Jean taught school. They retired in 1984 and moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas where they spent a lot of time on the golf course and playing bridge. In 1998, they moved to Cyprus Village in Jacksonville, Florida to be closer to their son and grandkids. After Dean passed away in 1999, Jean remained in Jacksonville close to her son. She moved to Birmingham, Alabama when Don relocated in his career and then again to Dallas, Texas. During the time from Jacksonville, Birmingham and finally to Dallas, Jean would always find a group of ladies at the retirement centers and start up bridge games.
Jean was a member of the Lohrville and Belle Vista United Methodist Church. She was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star and was a Past Matron and took part in Grand Chapter. She was also an assistant Mother Advisor to Rainbow Girls.
Jean will be lovingly remembered by her son, Don and his wife, Judy, of Allen, Texas, grandchildren; Heather Perry and Kenton Perry, great-grandsons; Parker, Ashton and Jackson, nieces and nephews; Carol (Ric) Jurgens, Dick (Bonnie) Gaffney, Keith (Pam) Gaffney and Janet (Dan) McCarthy, many grandnieces and nephews and special friend, Carole Turner-Record. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, sisters; Inez Bott and Faye Gaffney and a brother, Ralph Holler.
A celebration of Jean’s life was held, Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lohrville United Methodist Church with Pastor Lorinda Hoover officiating. Burial was made in the Lake City Cemetery. Musical selections at the service were “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” with Nila Spencer as organist.
Casket bearers were Eugene Morris, Ric Jurgens, Kenton Perry, Keith Gaffney, Dick Gaffney and Kriss Lightner.

LeRoy Miller

LeRoy E. Miller, the son of Harold G. and Darlene (Carrick) Miller, was born August 17, 1942 in Bayard, Iowa. LeRoy died peacefully on December 5, 2018 at his rural home southwest of Churdan, Iowa surrounded by his family. He lived his life to the age of 76 years, 3 months and 18 days.
LeRoy grew up on a farm east of Churdan and graduated from the Churdan High School in 1960. During and after high school, LeRoy helped his Dad with the family farm. In June of 1963, LeRoy joined the Army National Guard and served for 6 years.
On June 10, 1967, LeRoy was united in marriage to Marlene Batz at the Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Iowa. Four children were born to this union. After their marriage, LeRoy and Marlene moved to Lake City where LeRoy worked as a mechanic at the Lake City Implement and also attended college at the Fort Dodge Community College for two years. They then moved to Churdan and started farming on their own. Farming was LeRoy’s life and he seldom strayed too far from the farm as there was always something that needed to be done. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and hardly missed a Hawkeye football or basketball game on TV. He also enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s athletic games. LeRoy retired in 2015. LeRoy was a lifelong member of the Churdan United Methodist Church.
LeRoy will be dearly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Marlene, children and their spouses; Mark (Jennifer) Miller of Churdan, Jodi (Chad) Van Bell of Waukee, Jeff (Becki) Miller of Waukee and David (Anna) Miller of Churdan, nine grandchildren, a brother, Duane Miller of Churdan and two sisters, Deloris (Elmer) St. Clair of Des Moines and Diane (Kevin) Howe of Johnston. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A remembrance of LeRoy’s life was held Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. from the United Methodist Church in Churdan with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections, “The Lord’s Prayer”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone and “When I Get to Where I’m Going” were played. Military Honors were conducted by Camp Dodge Honor Guard.

Ivan Curtis

Ivan D. Curtis, the son of Leroy and Ida (Clipperton) Curtis, was born April 16, 1924 on a farm near Churdan, Iowa and departed this life November 24, 2018 at the Greene County Long Term Care in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived a long and full life to the age of 94 years, 7 months and 7 days.
When Ivan was four years of age, his parents moved to Jefferson where his father ran a grocery store where Ivan worked when he was older. Ivan graduated from the Jefferson High School and then joined the Merchant Marines. When WWII started, Ivan joined the U.S. Navy. On March 27, 1945, while on leave from the Navy, Ivan Curtis was united in marriage to Shirley Ann McGlophlen at the Jefferson Methodist Church. After his discharge from the Navy, Ivan and Shirley started farming near Churdan and raised three children; Mike, Pat and Linda. They retired from farming in the early 90s and moved into Churdan.
Ivan was an active member of the Churdan United Methodist Church and served as an usher for most funerals over the years and up to a year prior to his death. As well as farming the land, Ivan raised livestock and enjoyed playing golf, tennis and bowling. After Shirley was diagnose with Alzheimer’s, Ivan cared for her and he took up quilting to keep busy.
Ivan is survived by his daughter, Linda of Churdan, six grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a sister, Joyce Johnson of California. Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Shirley in 2011, son, Mike, daughter, Pat Cordes and two brothers; Dean and Gary Curtis.
A celebration of Ivan’s life was held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. from the United Methodist Church in Churdan with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Burial will be made at a later date in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections at the service were recorded favorites of Ivan’s.

Casket bearers were Ivan’s grandchildren.

James Sumner Ehman

A visitation for James Sumner Ehmen, 66, of Jefferson will be held Thursday from 4 to 6 PM at the Greene Co. Rec Center in Jefferson. No other services will be held. Survivors include his wife, Charity, daughter, Jennifer Ehmen of Colorado and son, Jonathan Ehmen of California.