Mille Said

Said M 1 IMG_6107Funeral services for Millie Said, 83, of Jefferson, will be Friday, May 24th at 10 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson.   Burial will be in the Scranton Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from  4 pm to 7 pm at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with a Memorial service conducted by members of the Jefferson DOES Drove 196 starting at 6:30 pm.  Survivors include:  Children, Cindy Mason of Jefferson and Tammy Schuett of Grand Island, Nebraska.  3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Mildred (Millie) A. Said, the daughter of William R. and  Florence (Gotter) Hoyt, was born November 28, 1935 in Scranton, Iowa and departed this life May 19, 2019 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 83 years, 5 months and 21 days.

Millie graduated from the Scranton Consolidated School in 1954 and later attended Simpson College. On May 13, 1958, Millie was united in marriage to Clifford Said at the Methodist Church in Scranton. After their marriage, Millie joined Cliff in Germany while he was serving in the Navy and their first daughter, Cynthia (Cindy), was born while there. Tamara (Tammy) was born in Fort Dodge after they came back to the states,

Through the course of their marriage and before, she had several moves and many adventures. Millie held many different jobs of which most were in the interest of public service. She worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Baker in Jefferson and worked as a nurse’s assistant at hospitals in Des Moines and Fort Dodge. She was an assistant to the resource center at Jefferson High School and helped coordinate the first Special Olympics in Des Moines. She was part of the Welcome Wagon for Sioux City and the concession stand for the swimming pool in Jefferson. She and Cliff co-owned a discount furniture store in Jefferson for several years. Her last job was as the assistant to the activities director at The Manor in Jefferson. In all of her positions, she made a point of serving and bringing joy to others. Even in her final days, she lived this way.

Millie was an active member of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Jefferson Does Drove #196 and served as Does President in 1982. She enjoyed playing cards and socializing with her friends. In addition to her career and social engagements, she was a woman who loved to laugh. It would be harder to find a friend or family member of   Millie who had not experienced one of her practical jokes. Her laugh and smile were infectious. She was quite the chef and baker–and she knew how to cook for a crowd.

Millie will be lovingly remembered by her daughters; Cindy Mason of Jefferson and Tammy (David) Schuett of Grand Island, NE, grandchildren; Lorelle (J.B.) Hinote of SD, Anna Schuett of NE, and Josef (Hope) Schuett of NE, great-grandchildren; Isaiah, Lily, Malachi, and Jordyn Hinote all of SD, brothers; Ralph Hoyt of Scranton, Dale (Linda) Hoyt of Scranton, Neal (Caroline) Hoyt of Scranton, sisters; Arlene (Ron) Carroll of MO, Clara Haack of Davenport, Gaye (Larry) Barr of Scranton; and sister-in-law; Beverly Hoyt of Jefferson. Preceding her in death were her parents; Florence and William R. Hoyt; husband, Clifford Said; brother; Glen Hoyt, brother-in-law; Jack Haack, and sister-in-law; Shirley Hoyt.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 24, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson with Pastor J.B. Hinote officiating. Burial was made in the Scranton Township Cemetery near Scranton. Musical selections was sung by the congregation and soloist Lily Hinote and accompanied by Cheryl Nailor and Karen Murphy. Visitation to be held at 4:00 P.M. Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson followed by a Does Memorial Service at 6:30 P.M..

Serving as casket bearers are Randy Hoyt, Jeff Barr, Kevin Hoyt, Joel Haack, Andrew Hoyt, and David Hoyt.

Clare Hunter

Floyd Clare Hunter was born to Floyd Erwin and Alice (Minor) Hunter on April 29, 1921 in Greene County Iowa on the family farm west of Churdan and passed from this life May 16, 2019 at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 98 years 18 days.

As a child, Clare lived with his family on several farms in Greene County, Iowa.  He attended school in Churdan, Scranton and graduated from Jefferson High.   He served in the U.S. Army in WWII for 39 months primarily in the transportation corps stationed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia to support the war in the Pacific. He also played the euphonium baritone in the Army Band.

After the war he returned to Churdan, and on April 10, 1947, Clare and Wilma Clipperton were united in marriage at her family farm north of Churdan.  After their marriage, they lived in Jefferson and then Ames where Clare attended Iowa State University.  In 1948, his father in law retired and Clare pursued his desire for farming by operating the family farm. During that time, they raised their two children.  Clare retired from full time farming in 1972.

In retirement, Clare and Wilma traveled to Camp Verde, Arizona where they served as volunteer staff for Rainbow Acres, a ranch for adults with developmental disabilities.  For 18 years, Clare enjoyed being the resident handyman and locksmith as well as a chaperone for residents on trips.  In 2009, they received the “Outstanding Service Award” from Rainbow Acres.

Clare met his goal of visiting all 50 states, as well as 11 countries including the Holy Land. This adventurous spirit also took him hiking the Grand Canyon at the age of 70.

Clare was dedicated as an infant at the First Baptist Church in Churdan and became a very active member.  He served many years on church boards and as a Deacon.  Clare was also a member of the American Legion Post 198 for 70 continuous years and was the last living WWII veteran in the Churdan Legion.

Clare is survived by two children, Dennis (Pauline) Hunter of Fort Dodge and Joanna (Billy Sammons) Hunter of Churdan; four grandchildren, Amy Kirkhart and Amanda (Dustin) Haggard, Brittany (Jason) Clark and Christopher (Cassie) Cerwick, ten great grandchildren, Paige, Peyton, Kadyn, Brock, Kamdyn, Karsyn, Quynton, Corbyn,  Preslynn and CJ and former daughter-in-law Mary Cerwick; a brother Donald (Eleanor) Hunter of West Virginia and many nieces and nephews.  Those who preceded him in death were Wilma his beloved wife of 71 years, his parents and seven siblings.

A celebration of Clare’s life was held at 10:30 am on May 21, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Churdan with Pastor Bobby Palmer, Rev. Gary Wagner, and Rev. Lowell Hoyle officiating. Rochelle Fagg and Renaye Lindgren accompanied the congregation singing “In the Garden”. Special music included Danille Curtis singing “Beyond the Sunset” and “Wings of a Dove”, along with a piano solo “Clare’s Song” by Billy Sammons.

Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan with the Military Honor Guard from Camp Dodge and the Churdan American Legion. Serving as casket bearers were Charlie Paup, Tracy Hunter, Marc Hoyle, Peyton Mericle, Brock Mericle,  Dustin Haggard and Jason Clark. Honorary casket bearers were Keith and Rhetta Wright and  Clare’s nieces and nephews including Margaret Wilt,  Byron Paup, Harold Hoyle, Genevieve Sherman, Lyle Hoyle, Patty Kaufman, David Brody and Ann Meyer.


Carolyn Towers

Carolinelighten4Funeral services  for Carolyn Towers, 83, of Churdan will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, April 30th, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery west of Churdan. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the church with a Vigil Service at 6:30 pm.


Carolyn Marie Towers

Carolyn Marie (Lamoureux) Towers joined her beloved husband in heaven, reunited and once again dancing together as they so enjoyed during their 64 years of marriage. A devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, her warmth and nurturing spirit that knew immeasurable love, is already sorely missed.

Carolyn was born in Churdan, Iowa on May 14th 1935 to her loving parents Rosella (Roper) and Jules Lamoureux.  Her father, Jules succumbed to cancer when she was only 9 years old and thus began her industrious nature to always help when and where she was needed. The oldest of three children, she was bright, beautiful and adored by her brothers and many friends. She was always there for Gene and Denny, staying up late to make sure they finished their assignments and keeping them out of trouble with their teachers.   She would join Denny after school to watch and dance along to American Bandstand, mastering the steps.  They were even featured in a spotlight dance by a disc jockey during a celebration in the new gym at the high school. She was a cheerleader for four years, voted most beautiful in the senior class, graduating from Churdan High School and later attended Briar Cliff University.

On February 4th, 1954 she married her high-school sweetheart and life-long dance partner, Duane “Riley” Towers in a small ceremony in San Diego where he was stationed with the Navy.  Moving to California was a great adventure and there they welcomed the first of their eight children.  Together, they moved their growing family back to Churdan where she was known throughout the county for her amazing cooking and baking with cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies among our favorites.  Even when pressed by a tight budget and busy schedule, she always managed to be impeccably dressed and enjoyed sewing for the family.  She took great care in making her house a home, seeking out antiques and refinishing furniture.  After the 4-H and farm chores were finished, the family would spend summer afternoons with a picnic and swimming at Spring Lake.  Carolyn was an engaged and long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as an officer and was dedicated to her Catholic faith.  She demonstrated to us the joy in giving to others by delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at the hospital, organizing prayer circles and even vacuuming the church if that’s what needed to be done.

She would go to any lengths to stay in touch with her family mastering Facebook, e-mail and text messaging so she could easily reach us.  Grandma Carolyn was always excited to hear about our lives and encouraged us in whatever we pursued.  She was there to take our picture at prom, stand beside us when we graduated high school and college, and when there was a wedding to celebrate, she was the last to leave the dance floor to be sure we could pay tribute to her with a sing-along to Sweet Caroline.  Her love for her family knew no bounds, she made each of us feel special proving that our large family didn’t divide her attention, but only multiplied her adoration.  She was the strong, stoic yet sweet matriarch of our family and we will dearly miss her greeting us at the door on Oak Hill drive with a hug, kiss and something to nourish our hearts and our bellies.

Carolyn Towers is lovingly survived by her children; children: Dan Towers, Churdan, Catherine Towers, Covolo, California, Tim and Julie Towers, Churdan, Teresa (Teri) and Dr. Patrick Harr, Maryville, Missouri, Michael (Mick) Towers, Adel, Tami and Joe Nugent, Shawnee, Kansas, Joseph Towers, Kansas City, Missouri, and Sarah and Matt Burnett, Ankeny; grandchildren: Brian and Crystal Towers, Ankeny, Kristin and Joe Brookover, Urbandale, Justin and Diana Towers, Jefferson, John and Libby Towers, Churdan, Nicholas and Mary Glasnapp, Dallas, Texas, Traci and Mark Kennedy, West Des Moines, Eileen and Danny Splendore, Perry, Jenny and Will Nicholson, Jefferson, Becky and Matt Halling, Perry, Joseph Towers, Churdan, Erin and Megan Nugent, Shawnee, Kansas, Layla, Harrison and Greyson Burnett, Ankeny; great-grandchildren: Taya, Vivian, Nathan, Natalie, Noah, Anna, Claudia, Claire, Hayden, Thomas, Blake, Scarlett, Bartney and brothers; Gene Lamoureux, Holland, Michigan and Dennis (Karen) Lamoureux of Greene, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her husband, Duane Towers, parents, step-father Rex McCormick, daughter-in-law Sharon Towers, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Sam and Anne Anderson and nephews; Kevin Towers, Kenny Lamoureux and Rick Anderson.

Mass of the Christian Burial was held Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father John Gerald officiating. Burial was made in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Musical selections were played by organist Lois Last and selected songs were sung by members of the Carey family. Casket bearers were granddaughters; Kristin Brookover, Traci Kennedy, Eileen Splendore, Jenny Nicholson, Becky Halling, Erin Nugent, Megan Nugent and Layla Burnett.

Visitation was held Monday evening from 4-7 PM at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with vigil services held at 6:30 PM led by Father John Gerald.

Contributions in her honor can be made to the Churdan Community Betterment Fund, specifically for the Playground Park Project.

Maxine Gustin


Maxine Gustin, the daughter of Ernest and Mildred (Sheeder) Jensen, was born December 28, 1939 at Greenfield, Iowa and departed this life April 2, 2019 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 79 years 4 months and 4 days.

Maxine grew up and attended school in Casey, Iowa. On January 11, 1958, Maxine Sheeder was united in marriage to Darrell Gustin at Panora, Iowa. Five children were born to this union. Maxine lost her son, David, shortly following his birth. Maxine and Darrell made their home in Jefferson and Maxine raised their children and also worked at Franklin Manufacturing in Jefferson.

Maxine was a strong, independent and loving person who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an outgoing person who loved going to musical concerts and taking in various entertainment events. She and Darrell both loved the outdoors and took the family on many camping trips. She enjoyed reading, especially about history, loved cooking for the family and liked riding on trains.

Maxine is survived by her four children and their spouses; Darlene (Norman) Zollars of Jefferson, Karen (Dan) Beblo of Richland, N.C., Robert (DeAnna) Gustin of Ames and Kelly (Tim) Emery of Ames, a brother, Wayne Jensen of Anita, two sisters; Marie Allard of Kansas City, MO. and Marlene Davis of Harcourt, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband Darrell in 1996, son David, and two great-grandchildren; Richard Smith Jr. and Timothy Emery, Jr.

In accordance with Maxine’s wishes, her remains were cremated and a private family burial service was held at the Jefferson City Cemetery with Pastor Karen Patrick officiating.

Judy Stern

Judy K. Stern, the daughter of Archie and Gladys (Cafferty) Anderson, was born February 21, 1946 at Lake City, Iowa and departed this life March 15, 2019 at Lake City, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 73 years and 24 days.

Judy grew up on her parent’s farm near Lohrville and moved into Lohrville with her parents in 1961. She attended and graduated from the Lohrville High School with the class of 1964. She then attended cosmetology school in Fort Dodge.

Curtis Stern came from North Dakota to Iowa to work and he met Judy Anderson. They were married May 7, 1966 at the Lohrville Christian Church. Three children were born to this union; Jolene, Kenneth and Karen. After their marriage, they made their home south of Lohrville and later moved into Lohrville. Judy raised her children and also worked for Air Electric in Lohrville for many years. Judy attended the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City.

In 1979, Judy and Curt’s youngest daughter, Karen, was involved in an accident on their acreage south of Lohrville. Karen was taken to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City where she later passed away.  Even in a time of grief, Judy and Curt made the decision to donated Karen’s organs so that others would have life. Curt passed in May of 2013 and Judy continued to make her home in Lohrville.

Judy is survived by her two children; daughter, Jolene Beenen and her husband, Rick Francis, of Rockwell City and her children; Logan Mogler and his wife, Alyssa, and their children; Kaylee and Jackson, of Lohrville and Austin Mogler and his friend, Tiffany Phillips, and their son, Barrett, of Muscatine, son, Kenneth and his children Kennedy and Kaitlyn of Gowrie and a brother, John Anderson and his wife, Marilyn, of Lohrville. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband and daughter.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 3:00 P.M., Friday March 29th, at the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City with Pastor Roy Karlen officiating.  A gathering of friends and family will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. at the Lohrville Community Building.

In accordance with Judy’s wishes, her remains were donation to the Des Moines University for scientific study. Her ashes will be buried in the Evergreen Cemetery near Lohrville at a later date.

Margaret Powers


Margaret Powers, the daughter of Harold and Anna (Goedert) Traner, was born February 26, 1926 at Carroll, Iowa and entered into rest February 5, 2019 at the Regency Park Care Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 92 years, 11 months and 27 days.

Margaret attended St. Joseph Grade School, two years at St. Angelus Academy and graduated from the Carroll High School in 1944. After graduation, she attended St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll.

On July 3, 1946, Margaret Traner was united in marriage at Carroll, Iowa to Donald Powers of Rockwell City. To this union were born six children; Jayne (Larry) Hested of Geneva, Illinois, Lynda (Dick) Pawlowski of Lake Panorama, Mary (Gene) Gutshall of Lake City, Tom (Sharyl) Powers of Jefferson, Nancy (Gary) Carlson of Clive and Sharon (Brent) Black of Nevada. After their marriage, Don and Margaret farmed and raised cattle near Rockwell City and Lohrville. Margaret worked at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City for many years and then worked as a ward clerk at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge; retiring in 1986.  In their later years, Don and Margaret spent 32 winters in Magic Valley Trailer Park at Weslaco, Texas. They retired from farming in 1985 and moved to Jefferson in 1989. Don passed away in 2011 and Margaret moved to Evergreene Ridge apartments in Jefferson. She had been a resident of Regency Park Care Center since June of 2015.

Margaret was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson and enjoyed going to Mass daily. Margaret liked crochet-ing, playing bridge and golf.

Margaret is survived by her six children, 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers; Don and Jack Traner, a sister, Lois Stork and a son-in-law, Lynn Dial.

Mass of the Christian burial was celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson with Rev. Father Allen Reicks officiating, Eucharistic Ministers; Brent Black, Sharon Black and Gene Gutshall, Readers; Ashley Carlson and Jennifer Swayne and Gift Bearers, Julie Buckley and Lori Hofmeyer. Burial was made in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson. A special musical selection “Here I Am, Lord” was sung by Margaret’s granddaughter Marsha WrightSkinner. At the service, Greg Carey served as cantor and Lois Last was the organist. A Vigil for the Deceased was held Friday evening at 6:00 P.M. at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Serving as casket bearers were Tom Powers, Todd Pawlowski, Jeremy Gutshall, Trent Powers, Bryce Black and Colynn Black

Memorials may be given to the family to be distributed at their discretion and may be sent to the funeral home.