Obituaries 2017

Obituaries from 2017
Dorothy Florence Brandes 

Dorothy Florence Brandes
(October 19, 1933 - June 20, 2017)

Dorothy Florence Brandes, the daughter of Archie and Anna (Laursen) McCrory, was born at Anita, Iowa on October 19, 1933 and died on June 20, 2017 at the Oakland Manor Nursing Home, at the age of 83 years, 8 months, and 11 days.

Dorothy attended country schools in Shelby and Cass counties. She graduated from Anita High School with the class of 1951 and then attended Nurses Training in Atlantic. On December 7, 1952, Dorothy and Richard “Dick” Brandes were united into marriage at the Christian Church in Atlantic, Iowa.  To this union four children were born, Kenneth, Delmar, Carol Jean (Jeannie), and Sharon Jo Ann (Shari).  In 1955, they lived and rented a farm near Oakland and eventually bought the family farm in 1970.  She moved from there in 2009.

Dorothy and Dick were members of Oakland United Methodist Church, the East Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau and the Pottawattamie Pork Producers. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Neighborhood Club. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, bingo, cards and traveling. Dorothy and Dick loved spending their winters in Texas and summers in Minnesota.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her parents; and her brothers Donald and Glenn.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Ken Brandes and wife Jane, of Hancock, IA, Delmar Brandes and wife Stephanie, of Oakland, IA, Jeannie Lawrence and husband Jim, of Meriden, CT, and Shari Engle of Millard, NE; her grandchildren: Nicole Marie, Brianne, Benjamin, Jeremy, Christopher, Richard, Brittany, Sydney, Seth, and Sabrina; and her great grandchildren:  Caitlin, Aiden, Noah, Hannah, Leah, Christian, Evie, Justin, Levi, Elaina, Konnor and Trenton. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Rieken Vieth Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


May Gehman's obit
Obituary for Florence May Gehman (Pincher Creek)

Kind, loving, and sincere… these are a few words that describe May Gehman, who passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital.

May was born on May 23, 1940 to Arthur and Verda Wright of Cowley, Alberta. Being raised on the farm, May appreciated hard work and healthy farm living. After completing her high school education, she moved to Calgary and attended secretarial college for a year and gained employment at an insurance company for three years. She decided that city life was not for her and in 1961, at the age of 21 years, May moved to Coleman and worked as a secretary for the Alberta Forest Service. It was at her place of employment that May met the love-of-her-life – Allan Gehman, a forest officer.

It was in the fall of 1962 when May bought a new car. Now this car got Al’s attention. When families were told of May and Al’s engagement at New Years, Al’s mother was sure that he was marrying May for her money. Little did she know that you don’t marry someone for money after they have bought a new car! May and Al were married on February 16, 1963 in the Foothills United Church in Cowley.
Six months later they moved to an Alberta Forestry Ranger Station home, which was 30 miles from the nearest town. Three years later the government decided to centralize all their “Ranger” staff, and everyone was moved back to Blairmore, Alberta. It was here that May obtained secretarial employment with the Alberta Government Welfare Services and retired in 1995 after 28 years of service.

May was a 42-year member of the Royal Purple of Canada Lodge and held the office of “Secretary” for 24 years. She volunteered in all their charitable projects.
After retirement, May and Al enjoyed spending their winters in Magnolia Park, their second home where they had made some wonderful, lasting friendships over the years. She enjoyed travelling with Al and camping with her family and friends.

Left to mourn her loss is her loving husband of 54 years -- Allan Gehman of Coleman, AB; Eric and Myrna Wright & family of Pincher Creek, AB; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members; her friends from the Royal Purple of Canada Lodge and her friends from Magnolia Park.

Memorial Contributions for the late May Gehman may be made to the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Foundation, Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0.

A Graveside Service will take place for the late May Gehman at the beautiful Cowley Cemetery on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 11:30 am, followed by a reception at the Cowley Community Hall, sharing their stories of May with Allan, their family and friends.

Snodgrass Funeral Home in Pincher Creek assisting the Gehman family with funeral arrangements, (403) 627-4864.


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Michael Lee Key, age 71 entered into rest April 13, 2017 at his Festus residence. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator at Millstone Banger and was a member of US National Guards; he enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Born May 4, 1945, in St Louis, Missouri, to the late William and Mabel (Gillam) Key.

Survived by his family which includes his wife: Dorothy "Dottie" (Ware) Key; sons; Michael (Anita) Key of Park Hills, MO, Matt Key of Fulton, MO, Jason Key of FL and Donald Hurtgen of Dittmer, MO; daughters: Lisa Key of Fulton, MO, Shelly Key of Cape Girardeau, MO, Jessica Key of FL, Pamela Hurtgen of Festus, MO and Debbie Redwine of Festus, MO; brothers: Frank (Gensey) Key of FL and Edward (Pam) Key of Festus, MO; sister: Ruth Ann Meyer of Festus, MO; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by son-in-law: Mark Redwine; brother-in-laws: Frank Meyer and Paul Sperry; and great grandson: Oliver Caldwell.


Monday, April 03, 2017

Madison Walker Obit

   Madison Elwood Walker, 92, of Macon, formerly of Mexico, died at 4:30 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2017, at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Keeling officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until service time. Burial with Military Honors will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.
   Mr. Walker was born on August 8, 1924 in Toledo, Ill. His parents were Berle and Effie Herren. On October 5, 1944, in Mexico, he married Dorothy Davidson who preceded him in death on May 25, 1984. On July 23, 1996, in Mexico, he married Joann Jennings who preceded him in death on April 26, 1998.
   Madison graduated from High School in Stoutsville. He was a veteran having served in the US Army during World War II. He had worked several places including Oliver Trucking, Holsum Bakery, A.P. Green, A.B. Chance, and for the City of Mexico.
   He was a member of Centennial Baptist Church, Lions Club, Moose Lodge, and Mexico VFW Post.
   Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Ratliff and husband Cliff, of Shelbina; one brother, Bob Herren and wife Mary Lou, of Peculiar, Mo.; three sisters, Betty White and husband Jerry, of Moore, OK, Jean Stoy, of Wellington, KS, and Moeta Escareno, of Eureka, KS; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren.
   In addition to both wives he was preceded in death by one daughter, Dorita Donaldson; two brothers, Bill and Morris Herren, one sister, Doris McCarty, and one great grandson, Bryson Jones.

In Memory of

Loni Lowry Barton_

July 28, 1917 - February 14, 2017

My memories of Loni.
She was very secretive about her age.
She played Bridge (the card game) and in her last years playing she was told she had to wear her glasses if she wanted to play- so she did- on top of her head.
She walked all the way across the park to put her garbage in the dumpster right up to the time she left the park and that was last year.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rose Hendry's Obit

Mrs. Marvel Rose Hendry
Mrs. Marvel Rose Hendry
June 15, 1933 - February 15, 2017
Marvel “Rose” Hendry, 83, of Croswell passed away on February 15, 2017.
She was born on June 15, 1933 in Jeddo, daughter of the late Thomas and Mae McLane.
After graduating from Croswell High School, she married Robert Hendry on October 20, 1951.
Rose was a proud member of KOPS (Keep off Pounds Sensibly) for 18 years. She was a lifelong member of Community of Christ (RLDS) church, serving as an ordained Elder for 28 years, some of those years as Pastor. Rose was, also District Women’s Leader, for Community of Christ, Sunday School teacher and an especially beloved director of Vacation Bible School for many years. She worked at Tru-Value for 27 years, served as a 4-H and Girl Scout leader, and worked tirelessly in behalf of Outreach International. Rose loved singing, dancing, roller skating, playing cards, swimming, traveling (to all 50 states), and especially walking every day. Another of “Rosie’s” favorite things to do was faithfully donating blood (17 gal.) with Robert.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Robert, whom she called, “her life,” three children, Cleo (John) Barrett of MI, Laurie (Tim) Decker of MO, and Crystal (Bill) Embry of MO; grandchildren: John and Jared Barrett, Rachel Green, Harmony Crocker, Christopher Decker, Julia Schubert, Billy Embry II, Rebecca Vipperman, and greatgrandchildren: Olivia and Annabelle Barrett, Henry Crocker, John Patrick Barrett, Ben and
Elliot Embry, Jackson and Jace Schubert, and two sisters, Helen Badgerow and Sylvia Erbe.
Rose was preceded in death by a daughter, Jody Lynn; grandson, Timothy Decker; brothers: Joe, Tom and George McLane and a sister, Grace Kraft.
A Celebration of Life service will take place March 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Valley Center Community of Christ.
Inurnment will be in Croswell Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations/memorials be given to Outreach
International or Marlette Hospice, who provided such loving compassionate care in her final days.
Arrangements are in care of Jowett Funeral Home, 1634 Lapeer Ave., Port Huron. To view obituary and share memories visit,

I remember all the fun times we had together on the way and in the park at Cedar
Point with our beloved Aunt Rose :).
We went down for a couple days with Uncle Bob and my parents & my brother,
Scott. U. Bob would grab us from behind in the roller coasters & say "Now your in for it!! There's no going back now!!! " And he'd laugh so loud. Aunt Rose & my Mom (Rose's sister Sylvia ) would both scream all the way down the first big hill... !
We'll miss your laughter A. Rose... Love you lots!!
Paul A. Erbe & family - (Sylvia's son) - Mason, MI
Heather, Alexandra, Sebastian & Atticus.
Paul A. Erbe - 19 hours ago


Williamson - White Funeral Home and Cremation Services

Elmer Otto Will

( August 28, 1943 - January 27, 2017 )
Elmer Will age 73, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Amery Hospital and Clinic in Amery, Wisconsin.
Elmer was born on August 28th, 1943 to Otto and Margaret (Arndt) Will in Wausau, Wisconsin. As a child the family moved to Amery. He was a plumber in Amery for many years. He loved Nascar, camping, traveling and doing crafts.
Elmer is survived by his friend Gail Lubinsky; four children, Melody (Larry) Schaffer, Tammy Allen, Justin “Bucky” (Jenny) Will and Jen (Kenny) Johnson; 13 grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Violet (Bill) Pauls and Daphne (Virgil) Ness.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5 to 8 PM at the Williamson-White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin 54001.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Amery Hospital for all their kind and compassionate care given to Elmer and Family.

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