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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 1, 2009
Dec 7, 2009, 11:20

Jerry Donald Bills, son of Earl and Della Ferne (Rhodes) Bills, was born in Perry, on Dec. 15, 1927, and passed away on Nov. 24, 2009, at the Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron, Mo., at the age of 81 years.

Jerry was united in marriage to Phyllis Jean McCaulley on Feb. 1, 1969. Phyllis preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and by two brothers, Dick and Dean Bills.

He is survived by his daughter, Carlene “Corky” Keyes of Vidalia, Ga.; his son, Kevin Bills of Wisconsin; his companion, De Etta Moore of the home; one sister, Joyce Mack of Grand Junction; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Jerry was raised in Perry. After attending barbering school, he barbered in Vinton for a few years. He then moved to Cedar Rapids, where he resided most of his adult life and was employed as a serviceman for the Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company. He has made his home in Mercer, Mo., for the past 14 years.

Jerry loved fishing and working find-a-word puzzles. He was a member of the Lineville-Mercer Christian Church of Mercer, Mo., and also attended the Lineville Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Ragan-Hickman American Legion Post No. 477 of Mercer.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 28, 2009, at the Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Chapel in Lineville, with Pastors Aaron Stark and Jack Stark officiating.
Burial was held in the Lineville Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the family to help with final expenses.

Dean Freeman Cox, son of John Anderson Cox and Myrtle Annis (Dent) Cox, was born May 13, 1927, on a southern Iowa farm in Wayne County. Dean entered the presence of the Lord on Nov. 20, 2009, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon.

Dean was united in marriage to Willa Jeanne Grimes on Aug. 13, 1947. To this union three children were born: Cheryl Christine, Joyce Ann and Jeffrey Keene.

Dean lived in Wayne County most of his life, where he owned and operated an auto body repair business.

Dean was strongly involved in the Democratic Party, American Legion Post 68, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Gideon’s. Dean was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corydon. He joined the military, serving in the Navy during World War II., and proudly served in the United States Army reserves for 40 years where he achieved the rank of Command Sgt. Major.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents; brother Larry Dale; sister-in-law Lois Cox; nephew Major Jerry Cox and his father and mother-in-law Roy and Golda Grimes.

Dean is survived by his wife Willa Jeanne; daughters Cheryl Christine Elston and husband Todd of Kirkland, Wash., and Joyce Ann Hysell and husband Bob Jr. of Corydon; son Jeff Cox and wife Rhonda of Corydon; grandchildren Aharon Elston and wife Arina, Trevor Elston and wife Kelly and Shaun Elston all of the Seattle, Wash. area, Travis Hysell and wife Leslie of Oskaloosa, Megan Douthart and husband Joe of Allerton, Rusty Hysell and wife Tiffany of Agency, Chris Hysell and wife Ashley of Corydon and Jennifer Wilson and husband Lance of Mercer, Mo. Other survivors include great-grandchildren Sienna Elston, Jade Hysell, Mahala Douthart, Lexi Douthart, Dylan Douthart, Dalaynie Douthart, Bailin Hysell, Collin Hysell, Paradise Hysell, Trey Wilson and Aubrey Wilson; brothers Vernon Cox of Tama, Daryl Cox and wife Hazel Dean and Raymond Cox and wife Nellie all of Corydon, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 25 at the First Baptist Church in Corydon. Pastors Troy Shaffer and Leroy Perkins officiated the service.

Vocalist was Bob Hysell Jr. and musical selections were “Where Would I Go But To the Lord,” “Gathering Flowers For the Master’s Bouquet,” “All Gave Some, Some Gave All” and “I Saw the Light.”

Pallbearers were Travis Hysell, Jennifer Wilson, Megan Douthart, Rusty Hysell, Chris Hysell, Josiah Cox and Lance Wilson.

Honor pallbearers were Aharon Elston, Trevor Elston, Shaun Elston, Benny Davis, Bob Bakkie and Ivan Stoltzfus.
Interment was at the Corydon Cemetery.

Military rites were performed by Russell E. Marshall American Legion Post 68 of Corydon.

Jerry Dale Stark, son of Orville “Speck” and Olive Oleta (Wells) Stark, was born near Mercer, Mo., on June 25, 1943, and passed away on Nov. 26, 2009, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon at the age of 66 years.

Jerry was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Day on Sept. 4, 1973. Barbara survives him of the home. He is also survived by his two sons, Aaron Stark and wife Michelle of Trenton, Mo., and Kent Stark and wife Carrie of Mercer, Mo.; seven grandchildren: Jessica, Megan and Gage Levis and Hannah, Klint, Gabe and Nathan Stark; two brothers, Everett Stark and wife Marlene of Mercer, Mo., and Orville Stark and wife Thelma of Mercer, Mo.; three sisters, Janice Carter of Burlington, Lena Faye Kemper and husband Marvin of Lucas and Velma Davis of Texas, and by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jerri Ann Stark; four brothers, Ordie, Junior Everett, Wendell and Jim Stark; two sisters, Ocie Martin and Doris Kersey.

Jerry attended Brush College for three years and then the Mercer school. Jerry served in the United States Army, serving in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a “cat skinner” doing heavy construction for many years. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local #234 and the First Baptist Church of Lineville. He loved hunting for Indian artifacts and fishing.

Graveside services were held on Nov. 30 at the Freedom Cemetery southwest of Lineville, conducted by the Rev. Jack Stark.

Services were conducted by Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Home, Lineville.

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