GARY WAYNE BENNETT
Gary Wayne Bennett was born April 8, 1944, at the Centerville Hospital, Centerville, Iowa, the son of J. Harold and Carmen (Gould) Bennett and passed away March 2, 2013, at the age of 68.
He was a 1962 graduate of ACL High School, where he was an outstanding football player.
Gary had a great love and knowledge of country music. Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams and Jimmy Rodgers were his favorites.
He was united in marriage to Sandra Honn and to this marriage three children were born, Andrea Susan, Randal James and Melissa Marie. They later divorced.
Gary worked at Brammer’s Cabinet Factory, Alcoa and Terminal Ice and Cold Storage while he lived in Bettendorf.
After returning home to Wayne County, he hauled milk for Lyle Thomas, later purchasing the milk route.
In 1979 he was married to Rhonda Wray and they had two sons, Justin Wayne and Matthew Charles.
For 22 years he worked for the Wayne County Secondary Roads Department. After a massive heart attack he retired.
Gary was exceptionally proud of his son Justin’s guitar playing, which in his words, “Is better than I ever was.” He always looked forward to seeing his son Matt play sports, especially football, carrying on the full back tradition.
Gary enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, giving each one a special nickname and showing them his love of nature.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, J. Harold and Carmen Bennett; son, Randal; daughter, Melissa; and mother-in-law, Coleen Wray.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda, of Allerton; sons, Justin and wife Jessica, of Ames, and Matt and wife Dawn, of Melcher; daughter, Andrea Rich and friend, Tom; grandchildren: Miranda Rich, Jennifer Copeland, Jacob and Jada Rains, Julia, Joelle and Josiah Bennett of Ames and Dayne and Kinley Bennett of Melcher; father-in-law, Charles Wray of Elk Point, S.D.; brother, Raymond Bennett of Allerton; sister, Judy and Dennis Annis of Corydon; brother-in-law, Russell and Roxie Wray of Mapleton; sister-in-law, Ruth and Kevin Pitkin of Harlan; several nieces and nephews and many other friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 6 from the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with the Rev. Mac McSweeney officiating.
Musical selections are: “I Call Him” by Johnny Cash and “On The Wings Of A Snow White Dove” by Ferlin Huskey.
Pallbearers are Raymond Bennett, Dennis Annis, Dewey Arnold, Bill Frampton, Troy Annis and Jeremy Davis. Honorary bearers are his grandsons, Jacob Rains, Dayne Bennett and Josiah Bennett. Burial will be in the Allerton Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon.
Services were arranged by Randolph-Black Funeral Homes.
DONALD STEVENSON BURNHAM
Don Stevenson Burnham, 72, passed away Feb. 22, 2013. He was born Aug. 14, 1940, in Corydon, Iowa. He was the son of Milo and Katiebelle Burnham.
Don grew up on a farm in Wayne County where he graduated from Cambria High School. He later went on to receive a Business Administration degree from Northeast Missouri State Teacher College (now known as Truman State University) in Kirksville, Mo., in 1962.
After college he joined the Army Reserve where he served for six years. Don worked in the life underwriting area for Farm Bureau Life and retired in 1999 after 36 years.
He enjoyed coaching youth softball and basketball, doing yard work, going to the Iowa State Fair and attending exercise class at the Urbandale Senior Center. Don especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and attending their sporting activities. Don was a member of the Urbandale United Church of Christ and Lions Club.
Don is survived by his loving wife of nearly 49 years, Janice; son, Michael and wife Sarah Burnham of Carmel, Ind.: daughter, Sheri and husband John Yoder of Urbandale; grandchildren, Ryan Yoder, Rebecca Burnham, Allison Yoder, Laura Burnham, Henry Burnham and Abigail Burnham; brother, Milo and wife Pat Burnham of Green Valley, Ariz., and sister, Mary Carlson of Urbandale.
Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at Merle Hay Funeral Home with burial at Chapel Hills Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Urbandale Senior Center or Urbandale United Church of Christ in loving memory of Don.
Merle Hay Funeral Home in Des Moines was in charge of arrangements.
FRANCES BEVAN HERNDON
Frances Bevan was born March 4, 1912, in Grundy County, Mo., and moved with her family, parents Glen and Blanche Bevan and six sisters to Tindall, Mo., where she and her sisters attended school.
Richard Herndon also attended school there and they were later married in December 1932 and started their life together.
In 1933, they moved to Centerville where son Jim and daughter Marilyn were born. Richard was in the produce business for many years and in 1940 he and brother-in-law Kenneth Duncan started their own produce in Corydon where the family took permanent residence.
Frances, a tough survivor who let no illness slow her down for long, worked at Neely Manufacturing for a number of years after Richard’s death in December 1969. She attended the Corydon Christian Church as long as she was able.
Frances’ two surviving sisters, Bernadine Allen and Evelyn Pazan, live in Arizona; daughter, Marilyn Wilson and husband Ron Wilson live near Corydon; son, Jim and his wife, the former Donna Sullivan, live in Magalia, Calif.; granddaughters, Vicki Kallick lives in Danville, Calif., and Lisa and husband Dennis Winn live in Santa Clara, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Joseph Dircks, Katie Kallick and Andy Kallick live in Danville.
Frances passed away Feb. 24 a week short of her 101 birthday.
Funeral services were held March 1 at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with Rev. Ross Blount officiating.
Musical selections were “Amazing Grace” and “In the Garden.”
Casket bearers were Andy Kallick, Dennis Winn, Rick Crawford, Joe Dircks, Barry Andrews and Dale Sheets.
Honorary bearers were Kevin Andrews, Lavern Massman and Don Petty.
Interment was in the Corydon Cemetery.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
RADEAN S. MISKIMINS
Radean S. Miskimins 86, died Feb. 27, 2013, at his home in Mitchell, S.D. He was born on Aug.1, 1926.
At his request, no funeral services will be scheduled. His cremains will be buried at the Cambria Cemetery, Wayne County, Iowa.
Radean Snook Miskimins was born at Derby, Iowa, to John Harrison Miskimins and Eliza (Snook) Miskimins. He grew up on a farm in Wayne County, Iowa. Radean attended country school and graduated from Cambria High School in Cambria..
He attended Officers’ Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Va., and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He served with the 30th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion in the South Pacific.
Radean “Doc” attended the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now known as Iowa State University (ISU), commencing in 1947. He met and fell in love with the love of his life, Betty Krog of rural Gann Valley, S.D., while engaged in his doctoral practicum in and near Gettysburg, S.D. They married on Dec. 22, 1951. Doc earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from ISU in 1952.
Doc and Betty moved to Kimball, S.D. in 1952. He established his veterinary practice and inspected the Kimball Livestock Auction, which was the largest cattle auction service in South Dakota. When he established his veterinary practice, he was the only veterinarian available to cover Brule County and many surrounding counties. He traveled far and made many friends. His veterinary practice called for him to care for large and small animals, but his talents shone most brightly when he cared for beef cattle. He was a cattleman until his death.
Doc was a skilled animal nutritionist. He operated a feed store in Kimball while practicing veterinary medicine there. He also had his own farm. He was active in the community and volunteered with several friends to build the community swimming pool. He and Betty began the task of rearing a family of four sons. They worked hard and were fulfilled by hard work and family and friends.
He and Betty moved to Mitchell in 1964. Doc started a vet practice in Mitchell and continued to operate a feed store. He was a pilot. He was a principal owner of a livestock auction barn in Brookings. He sold his vet practice in 1984. Doc was a carpenter. He demolished several farm buildings, reclaimed the lumber and much of the hardware. Those reclaimed materials provided much of the materials he used to build a barn, which served as home to Old Barn Antiques, the antique store that he operated with Betty for 14 years. That structure still stands on S. Burr Street in Mitchell and is currently occupied by the Readers Den, Paula’s Hearing Aid Services, and Plains Commerce Bank.
In his “retirement,” he purchased a farm near Aurora, S.D., and taught his family the business of establishing and operating a cow-calf operation. He built several farm structures and could climb ladders and swing hammers well into his eighties. Miskimins Ranch was home to Doc’s Walking X brand, which is displayed on the left hip of several hundred cows currently being cared for by partners of the Miskimins family on their farms near Canova, Plankinton, White Lake, Gary and Emery. The contributions of those partners in assisting the family to continue to celebrate Doc’s legacy are greatly appreciated, as are the contributions of the professional cattle marketers in Madison and Mitchell. Doc also developed lasting relationships with the people that worked for Miskimins Ranch. Those relationships were important to Radean and continue to be appreciated by the Miskimins family.
Radean was well versed in a variety of fields and was pleased for having learned much.
Blessed to have shared his life are his wife, Betty of Mitchell; four sons, Paul (Ellen) of Mitchell; Dale (Sue) of Elkton, S.D., Scot of Aurora, S.D., and Jim (Jeanice) of Mitchell; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and brother, Lyle (Mildred) of Allerton.
His parents; three sisters and an infant brother, preceded him in death.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
DENNIS LYNN SHOWERS
Dennis Lynn Showers, son of Dewayne Fay and Wanda Cathalean (Shepard) Showers, was born on May 11, 1960, in Princeton, Mo. He passed away Feb. 24, 2013, in Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, at the age of 52 years, 9 months, and 13 days.
Dennis attended Central Decatur School with the Class of 1978. He lived his entire life in Decatur County, with the exception of two years living and working in California, Mo.
Since 1980, Dennis was an active member of the Leon Rodeo, Cattlemen’s Association, which he had served a term as secretary, and the Decatur County Fair Board, which he served as president protem for one year, vice president for 12 years, secretary for two years and was in charge of several committees. He was always available at the fairgrounds when things needed to be built. At the Rodeo, he managed the North Food Shack and helped with the Little Britches Rodeo for many years. During the Iowa State Fair, he helped at the Cattlemen’s Association food booth. He never turned down a request to grill steaks, hamburgers or hotdogs for an event, before his health failed. He worked with the Decatur County Threshing Bee from 1977 – 1985.
Dennis began his membership in the Central Trail FFA in 1974 under the instruction of Mr. Lewis Webster. He was an active member throughout his four-year high school career. Dennis received the Greenhand FFA Degree and the Chapter FFA Degree. The chapter was very active and hosted dodge ball tournaments, fruit sales, Iowa Masters Corn Yield Checks, and career day at Iowa State University. They also participated in FFA conferences, 4th of July Rodeo parades, homecoming parades, and contests on the sub-district, district, and state level. Dennis continued to influence FFA members through his involvement in the Decatur County Fair Board, where he was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA members. Dennis was top salesman in fruit sales for the FFA.
He did trucking in earlier years and worked at the Leon and Humeston Sale Barns. He spent 15 years with MFA and MFA Oil in Iowa and Missouri, selling and delivering products and was tank manager. He also did farm work for several area farmers.
Dennis enjoyed his toy tractor collection, John Deere and Case memorabilia, and listening to country music. In earlier years, he enjoyed riding horses, being outside, and working with his hands. He attended the New Salem Baptist Church south of Leon.
In June 1989, he married Terri Lynn Pyle in Leon. They were blessed with one daughter, Tara Jo, in 1999. They later divorced.
Preceding him in death were his parents; grandparents, William and Rosa Showers and Jack and Thelma Shepard; brother, Robert Lonnie Showers in 2010; nephew, Dewayne Edward Patton in 1978; and many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his daughter, “T. J.” of Leon; two sisters, Judi (Fay) Patton of Des Moines and Lorene (Loyd) Warden of Leon; sister-in-law, Kathy Showers of Corydon; nieces and nephews, Stacy (Mark) Sabala, Angela (Russ) Tomes, Andrea (Tom) Lowe, Shawn (Megan) Showers, Steve (Phoenix) Warden, Felicia (John) Doaneto, and Shelia (Tom) Wood; great-nieces and nephews, Easton, Faith, and Isabella Sabala, Steve Flynn, Kirk Wood, Sawyer Lowe, Sky Warden and Nathan Showers; his ex-wife, Terri Showers and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon on March 1, 2013, with Pastors Max Carmichael and Dale Short officiating.
Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery near Lineville, Iowa.
Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon was in charge of arrangements.