LeRoy Miller

Funeral services for LeRoy Miller, 76, of Churdan will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, December 12th, at the Churdan Methodist Church with burial in the Highland Cemetery in Churdan. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM.
Survivors are his wife, Marlene, sons: Mark and David of Churdan and Jeff of Waukee, daughter, Jodi Van Bell of Waukee, 9 grandchildren, brother, Duane of Churdan and sisters; Deloris St. Clair of Des Moines and Diane Howe of Johnston.
In lien of flowers, memorials are requested to be given to the Churdan Methodist Church.

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NOTE: THE FDLLOWING OBITUARY IS WRITTEN IN THE PAST TENSE.

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.

Peggy Dunne

Peggy Dunne, 94, of Jefferson, formerly of Churdan. Services: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 am at Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson, 515-386-4125. Interment: Highland Township Cemetery, Churdan. Visitation: Friday from4 to 6 pm at the funeral home. Survivors: sons David of Scranton and Bill of Badger; daughters Jane Prestidge and Sue Wanger, both of Washington state.
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Peggy Lee Dunne, the daughter of Clifford and Martha (Kelley) Rhoades, was born March 18, 1924 in Jefferson, Iowa and left this life November 6, 2018 at the Greene County Long Term Facility in Jefferson. She lived a long life of 94 years, 7 months and 19 days.
Peggy attended and graduated from the Jefferson High School. On February 4, 1945, Peggy Rhoades was united in marriage to Gerald N. Dunne at the First Christian Church in Jefferson. Five children were born to this union. Gerald and Peggy farmed near Churdan and raised their family. They moved into Churdan in 1981. Due to his health, Gerald became a resident of the Regency Care Center in Jefferson. Peggy was with him almost every day until his death in 2011.
Peggy was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Churdan. She helped in the church office, with missions and Baptist women’s group. She enjoyed making quilts and was an accomplished seamstress. She loved to host family dinners and took a special interest in her grandchildren and their activities. Peggy liked to travel which included a trip to the Philippines, trips to southern states with friends, to the west coast to visit her daughters and the eastern coast several times. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and loved watching them on TV.
Peggy is survived by her two daughters; Jane (Jack) Prestidge and Sue (Ron) Wanger, both of Battle Ground, WA., two sons; David (Renee) Dunne of Scranton and Bill Dunne of Badger, seventeen grandchildren, twenty one great-grandchildren and daughter-in-law Deb Dunne of Ames. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Richard, grandson, Jason Wanger, two sisters; Barbara Rose and Joyce Kinsman and two brothers; Bob and Joseph Rhoades.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 10th, at 10:00 A.M. from the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Peggy’s granddaughter, Carrie Dunne sang “It is Well” and the congregation sang “Give Thanks” and “Amazing Grace with Danille Curtis accompanying. Serving as casket bearers were Peggy’s grandchildren.

Doug Walker

Douglas Lorn Walker, the son of Roy and Phyllis (Clements) Walker, was born January 31, 1947 at Jefferson, Iowa and left this life November 4, 2018 at the Iowa University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 71 years, 9 months and 3 days.
Doug grew up in the Jefferson area and attended and graduated from the Jefferson High School in 1965. He helped his father with the family farm during his youth. He later attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. On September 14, 1968, Doug Walker was united in marriage to Kathy Grow at the Lutheran Church in Hudson, Iowa. Two sons were born to this union. In November of 1969, Doug was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a Staff Sergeant in combat during the Vietnam War. After his time in Vietnam, he returned to the States and received an early discharge for time served in Vietnam. After Doug returned from the service, he went to work for Morton Buildings in Jefferson as a salesman and later as manager. When he retired from Morton Building, he returned to farming. As with most farmers, he never really retired form farming. Farming was Doug’s occupation, passion and his way of life. In recent years he traveled to Maui to break up the cold Iowa winters with his dear friends. Doug relished in taking Kathy for rides in his Corvette to enjoy the countryside and check crops. Doug often stepped up to the plate to help others and he was generous with his time and talents.
Doug was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, a recently retired member of the Greene County Fair Board and a former member of the Jefferson Elks Lodge.
He cherished his grandchildren, was extremely proud of his sons and had a deep-rooted love for Kathy, his partner for 50 years. This past year allowed Doug to experience, express and know life in new light, not only for him, but also for those close to him.
Those who will dearly remember him are his wife, Kathy, two son and their wives, Scott and Angela of rural Paton and Tod and Allison of Cedar Rapids, three grandchildren; Kate, Jacey and Blake and a sister, Janice Walker and her husband, John Ryan, of Boulder, Colorado. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, a brother, Kenneth in infancy and a grandson, Lane Scott Walker in 2005.
A Celebration of Doug’s life was held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Burial was made in the Dawson Township Cemetery west of Paton, Iowa. A special musical selection of “The Lord’s Prayer” was sung by soloist, Gary Haupert and accompanied by pianist, Danelle Curtis. Full military honors were conducted by the Jefferson V.F.W. and American Legion with the Honor Guard of members of Camp Dodge.
Serving as casket bearers were Dan Benitz, Gary Betts, Rod Wolf, Dick Walker, Denny Walker and Keith Walker.

Betty Schaal

Betty Schaal was born on the solstice, June 21, 1932 at home in Indianola, Iowa to Roy and Ethel (Lane) Whitehead. She passed from this life October 26, 2018 at the Greene County Long Term Care Facility in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 86 years, 4 months and 5 days.

Betty was the youngest of four girls in her family. She graduated from the Indianola High School in 1951 and worked for brief time for United Airlines prior to her marriage. On June 21, 1954, Betty Whitehead was united in marriage to Carroll (Bill) Schaal Jr. of Jefferson at the Methodist Church in Indianola. To this union were born three children. Betty and Bill settled in Jefferson and raised their family. Betty helped Bill in his business but was mainly a wife and mom.

Betty was an active member of the community and her church, the First United Methodist, where she particularly enjoyed singing in the choir. She had served as president of the P.E.O., Friday Club, Greene Co. Hospital Auxiliary and U.M.W. Betty was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Betty and Bill spent many happy hours with family and friends and enjoyed summers at their cabin on Woman Lake near Longville, Minnesota.

Betty will be dearly missed by her family; husband, Bill, daughters; Laura Lynn Brones and husband, Lynn, of Johnston, and Samantha Rae Schaal of Cedar Falls, son, Carroll and his wife, Pamela, of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and grandchildren; John (Stephanie) Schaal, Brock (April) Brones, Anna Schaal (Zach) Miller, Brett Brones and Peter Schaal. Preceding her in death were her parents and three sisters; Jean, Ortha and Carolyn.

A celebration of Betty’s life was held Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Musical selections, “In the Garden” and “The Lord’s Prayer” were sung by Gary Haupert and accompanied by Sheryl Sloan. Burial was made in the Jefferson City Cemetery.

Serving as honorary bearers were Betty’s grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.