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Robert “Bob” Lee Jennings, age 83, was born Jan. 17, 1930, in Leroy, Iowa, to Charles Wesley Jennings and Freda Carol (Williamson) Jennings and departed this life Aug. 26, 2013, at the Wayne County Hospital.
Bob graduated high school in 1947, and then served our country from 1948-49 in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wiltsie. DD716.
Bob met the love of his life, Harriett Jane Kipper, around this time and they were married on Aug. 11, 1950.
Bob worked in the beer and wine industry and lived in Des Moines from 1950-51, in Allerton from 1951-52, and in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1953 until 2005 when he returned to Corydon to enjoy retirement.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Maurice and Gerald Jennings.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Harriett, son Steve Jennings, daughter Linda Kingsbury (Dan) of Phoenix, Ariz., son Scott Jennings of Scottsdale, Ariz., five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no services per Bob’s wishes.

Sep 3, 2013, 09:21

Maria Merrick
Maria Merrick, formerly from Sewal, Iowa, went to be with her heavenly Father on Aug. 15, 2013, after a short illness. She was 98 years and two months old.
Maria was born on June 11, 1915, in the German settlement of Bugulma on the Volga River in Russia to parents Johann and Rosalia Lipphardt. Johann ran a butchery and bakery. Maria was the 10 of 12 children. The family fled Bugulma to Siberia in 1919 because of the Russian Revolution. After one winter in Petropavlovsk, Siberia washing laundry and doing other chores for the czar’s army, they moved to a farm near the coastal city of Vladivostok, Russia where they raised potatoes and repaired shoes for over a year. Two children had died previously as infants and three died in this ordeal, leaving Maria as the youngest living.
The family fled again, this time traveling on board ship around Korea to a refugee camp in Mukden, Manchuria. They eventually got a house and found work and a school for Maria and her brother Frederick. Maria had to walk several miles to this makeshift Russian school in the country. She learned Russian at school but in the evenings, her father taught her to read and write German. After five years, the family moved to Tsingtao, China, because of the large European population there. Maria continued her education in a private German Lutheran school where the level of education was extremely high. She spoke and wrote German, Russian, and English. She was versed in Chinese enough to do shopping.
At 16 years old, Maria went to work in a German department store as a sales girl. She also worked in the florist department and loved arranging flowers. The death of her father in 1941 from lung cancer was very hard on Maria for she loved him dearly. After recuperating from this, Maria worked one year as a supervisor of Chinese workers and procured groceries for a German boarding house. Then Maria found an ideal job as a nanny, taking care of Juergen Boetcher, the son of a German shipping and export company executive and his wife, from the time he was one month old until he was seven. During these years, Maria and her family endured the Japanese occupation of China, bread lines and life threatening dangers. Maria, Juergen, and his mother moved to Shanghai after the war where Maria had the added responsibility of managing the household. By 1947, Maria’s family was relocated to Shanghai also. In August of 1949, Maria met Roland Merrick, an American who had just completed a job with the United Nations UNRRA project in China. They courted for one month and were married Sept. 22, 1949. Maria had difficulties getting a visa. She finally sailed out of communist ruled China on the “General Gordon” in the spring of 1950, after waiting 24 hours in a single file line, being searched by armed soldiers, and having to row out into the bay and climb the side of the ship because it was not allowed to dock. She arrived in San Francisco just before Memorial Day and boarded a train for Oklahoma to join her husband. Her first real impression of the U.S. was the beautifully decorated graves she saw as she traveled by train. Roland and Maria first resided in Pryor, Okla., where Maria learned vegetable gardening and canning. (Vegetables and meats were bought fresh daily at markets in China.) They bought a farm one and half miles southeast of Sewal and moved in the fall of 1950. Maria and her husband worked very hard on the farm, paying for the land and buying more in only a few years. Maria miscarried three babies and had three live births – all daughters. She studied government and history courses by correspondence classes and then took her citizenship exam in Des Moines becoming a U.S. citizen April 29, 1957.
Maria’s mother died in Australia in December 1963. Her husband Roland died in March 1965. She remained on the farm, raising her children, renting her farm out to nearby farmers and managing its operation herself until she sold all but the three acres with the house in 1987. She continued to live on the acreage until 2005 when she first moved to live with her daughter Marilyn in Kansas and then her daughter Rosalee in Missouri. In April 2012, Maria returned to Corydon living at Our House (a senior boarding house) and most recently resided at Legacy Lodge Hospice House in Chariton.
Maria was active in the Sewal United Methodist Church Ladies Aide, quilting and embroidering items for their bazaars. She took her daughters to accordion and guitar lessons. She was an attentive, kind and loving mother and grandmother. She absolutely adored her grandsons. She was always available to assist her daughters with anything from gardening to painting. She kept an immaculate home and yard. She loved to take her family on day trips to such places as the Tulip Festival in Pella, the Amana Colonies, Living History Farms, Adventure Land, etc. She loved gardening, flowers, visiting her children and grandchildren, going to historic places, cooking, baking and reading. Maria traveled to Germany twice in the 1970’s to see her brother Frederick who was only one year older that herself. She traveled to many states in the U.S. and was visited by family and friends who came from many places in the world.
Her parents; husband; eight brothers; three sisters; three nephews and one niece, preceded her in death.
Surviving her are three daughters and their spouses, Rosalee and John Mason of Cairo Mo., Marilyn and Phil West of Corydon and Lee (Juanita) and Darrell Barron of Paradise, Texas; four grandsons, Monte Watson of Ft Worth, Texas, Matthew Watson of Corydon, Zachary Mason of Cairo, Mo., and Casey (Dana) Coates of Corydon; one stepson, Boris Merrick of New Haven Conn.; one stepdaughter, Joyce Walton of Berkley, Calif.; four nieces, Lydia McClellan of Boliver Pa., Irene Allardyce of Port Charlotte, Fla., Tanya (Max) Hadzi-Vukovic of Kenmore, Queensland, Australia and Olga (Earnest) Patrick of Batesville, Ind.; four nephews, Arthur (Christiane) Lipphardt of Peyton, Colo., John (Jan) Balabouhin of Burbank, Queensland, Australia; Alexander Balabouhin of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and Robert (Desleigh) Lipphardt of Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia; 13 stepgrandchildren; and 29 step great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Juergen (Sabine) Boettcher of Baldham, Germany.
There will be a family memorial service at a later date. Maria’s wishes were to have no flowers and suggested that any memorial donations go to Legacy Lodge Hospice House in Chariton or to Wayne County Hospital in Corydon.

Aug 27, 2013, 08:59

Carrol Hamilton
Carrol Hamilton, 69, of Powersville, Mo., passed away at the Putnam County Care Center in Unionville, Mo., on Aug. 18, 2013. She had been a resident there for a short time after a two-year battle with cancer.
Madelyn Carrol (Thompson) Hamilton was born in Barstow, Calif., on Aug. 4, 1944, the daughter of Cleo V. and Wilda M (McElfresh) Thompson, who preceded her in death. Her family moved to various places in order to find work, finally locating in the Harris, Mo., area where Carrol met Orval Hamilton and they were married in Princeton, Mo., on June 23, 1962. Orval survives at home.
Carrol and Orval were engaged in dairy farming for 40 years on a farm south of Powersville. Carrol worked on the farm, as well as raising a family. She loved to work in the garden, cook and quilt, as well as do other craft items. Although she was a quiet person, Carrol was a hard worker with an adventurous spirit. She worked off the farm and away from home for a number of years in the 1980s, working at factories, hospitals and nursing homes. But her first love was always family, home, and the farm. She was an active helper in 4-H. Carrol was baptized into the Christian Church in Trenton, Mo., as a young person.
Others who survive Carrol are son, Kendal Hamilton and his wife Beverly of Unionville; daughter, Rhonda McLaughlin of Unionville; four grandchildren, Amber McLaughlin, Amy McLaughlin, Mary Goff, and Jessica Platte; great- grandchildren, Navaeh Oliver and Cholie Platte; brother, Everett Thompson and wife Madelyn of Trenton; sisters, Barbara Baker and husband Jack of Parker, Colo., and Sharon K. Knapp of Trenton.
Carrol was preceded in death by a son, Robert “Bobby” Hamilton in 1989 and by a brother, L. D. Thompson, who died in infancy.
At her request, Carrol’s body was cremated. Carrol also requested a private graveside service to be held at the Wyreka Cemetery, south of Powersville.
Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home in Unionville is in charge of the arrangements.

Aug 27, 2013, 08:58

Joan Hays
Joan Hays, 83, passed away at the Oskaloosa Care Center on Aug. 15, 2013, from natural causes.
She was born Sept. 22, 1929, at the family home in Oskaloosa to Worth Burbank and Mable Longacre Burbank.
She married Howard Hays on July 16, 1950. They were later divorced.
She is survived by daughters, Lynda Fletcher (Jan) and Cyndi Beavers (Terry Grattan); sons, David Hays and Michael Hays (Karen); six grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; sisters, Esther Burbank and Norma Lee Anderson and brother, Bill Burbank.
Her parents; three sisters, Ila Owens, Lois Burbank and Nelda Coffee and one brother, Charles Burbank, preceded her in death.
Joan was a homemaker and a talented artist. She was devoted to her family and children. She was a 10-year cancer survivor.
Funeral services were held Aug. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Corydon with Rev. Kevin Leveck officiating.
Musical selections were “In The Mood,” by Glenn Miller, “Amazing Grace” by Susan Boyle and “Here I Am Lord.”
Casket bearers were Sam Beavers, David Hays, Brock Fredericksen, Mike Hays, Jan Fletcher and Cody Girard.
Honorary bearers were Brent Norton, Terry Grattan and Bill Burbank.
Interment was in the Corydon Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family to be decided later.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

Aug 20, 2013, 07:56

Charles McClain
Charles McClain, son of Hada Landrum and Floyd McClain, was born May 26, 1934, at Lineville, Iowa. He passed away at his home of 51 years in Promise City, Iowa, on Aug. 9, 2013, at the age of 79 years, 2 months, and 14 days.
Charles married Velma Atkinson in Centerville on June 13, 1959. To this union three sons were born, Timothy Charles, Mark Everett and Richard Alan McClain.
After serving in the Army, he returned home and began working for Bob Lockridge for the next 20 years.
He later owned and operated McClain’s Market in Seymour and was a Moorman’s Feed salesman. The last 31 years of his life he drove a school bus for Seymour Community Schools. Charlie always made time for a child and considered each one as extended family.
His love of life came from his horses. That love held true from the first day he was able to climb up on a horse until the day of his death. He was a widely known horse and livestock trader. He also carried a great admiration for top-notch hounds or a good livestock dog.
He always had a joke or an old handed down family saying for every occasion. Wayde said, “Of which got him plenty of trouble in school. Telling a teacher “piss up a rope,” never quite worked as well as Grandpa made it sound.”
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; infant brothers, Bobbie and Billie; older brothers, Dean and Jack; younger brother, Nate McClain; sister, Mary Louis Mullikin; nephews, Robert “Jake” Miskimins, Jimmie McClain, Rex McClain, Dale McClain, Jack Turpen and Jerry Hickerson and nieces, Juanita Mohr, Bonnie Stein and Jackie Gouveia.
He is survived and will be sadly missed by his sons, Timothy Charles, Mark Everett (Kathy) and Richard Alan (Diane) McClain; grandchildren, Nathan, Dalton, Paul, Wayde, Trenton and Sydney; great-grandchildren, Charles Dean and Blaise Jasmine; sisters, Dickie Bartlett (who he considered a second mother and very best friend), Ann Clubb and Grace McClain; sister-in-law, Ethelyn McClain; along with several other great-nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with Pastor Mike Finn officiating.
Musical selections were “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” with vocalist Milton Albertson and pianist Natalie Brown.
Casket bearers were Mark McClain, Wayde McClain, Richard McClain, Paul McClain, Dalton Sloan and Trenton McClain.
Honorary bearers were Tim McClain, Jimmy Steele, Kevin Staggs, Nathan McClain, Jim Pershy, Larry McClain and Major Cross.
Interment was in the Seymour Cemetery.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Aug 20, 2013, 07:55

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