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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 4, 2012
Dec 4, 2012, 14:29

Garland Gene Draper, 66 of Leon, Iowa, was born Aug. 12, 1946, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Shirley Draper. He passed away at his home on Nov. 22, 2012, surrounded by his family.
His grandmother Charlotte Draper raised him until the age of 12 when she passed away. Garland then went to live with his aunt and uncle, Art and Ruby Honn on the family farm south of Leon.
Garland attended Central Decatur High School in Leon until he was a senior. During his education at Central Decatur, he met his future wife Kathy Adams. They were married on Aug. 22, 1965, at the United Methodist Church in Leon. They were blessed with two sons, Gregory Alan and Rodney Lee. Sadly, he lost his wife Kathy in 2001 after 36 years of marriage.
He enjoyed working for the Iowa Department of Transportation and also farmed at the same time. In 1999 Garland started his first business “Westside Tire.” He retired from the tire shop in late 2008, at which time his son Greg took over the business.
Garland enjoyed being a grandfather; he had four grandsons and four granddaughters. He also loved any thing John Deere and had been collecting for years. In recent years he had taken up Facebook and Craig’s List.
He is survived by son, Greg and Wanda Draper and their children, Kyle, Devin, Braden and Levi Draper and son, Rod and Charity Draper and their children, Hailey, Ashley, and Sydney Draper; sister, Linda and Ben Joyce; mother, Shirley and Floyd Collins; mother-in-law, Mildred Adams; aunts, Beverly Draper and Barb and Paul Thuesen; girlfriend, Linda Campbell plus her children, Kevin Campbell and Johnny and Lindsey Campbell and their daughter Emery and other family and friends.
His aunt and uncle, Art and Ruby Honn; wife, Kathy and father-in-law Bernard Adams, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at the Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon on Nov. 29 with Rev. Terry D. Roberts officiating.
Burial was in the Leon Cemetery.
The Family has established a memorial fund.
Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Ann May, daughter of Marion Levi and Doris Maxine (Ketter) Shilling, was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on July 29, 1945, and passed away at her home in Lineville, Iowa, on Nov. 26, 2012, at the age of 67 years.
Sharon was united in marriage to Loran Donald May on March 5, 1968, in Cambridge, Ill. They lived most of their married life in the Quad Cities area moving from Green Rock, Ill., to the Lineville area in 1991.
Her husband, Loran on Feb. 12, 2002; parents; daughter, Sally Jo Nelms; five brothers, Wayne, Ronald, Donald, Levi, and Harold Shilling, preceded her in death.
She is survived by four brothers, Bill Shilling of Brandon, Jerry Shilling of Newton, Raymond Shilling of Des Moines and Doug Shilling of the State of Washington; three sisters, Vickie DeMoss of Albia, Pam Shilling and Geneva Smith, both of Maryville, Mo.; her longtime companion, Alva Dean Moore of Mercer, Mo.; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held on Dec. 1 at the Powersville Cemetery with Pastor Ron Helton officiating.
The Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Maxine Sheets, 97, the daughter of Harrison Clark and Ila (Ivy) Baker, was born April 1, 1915, near Leroy, Iowa. She died at her home south of Humeston, Iowa, on Nov. 23, 2012.
Dorothy was in one of the first classes to graduate from the Leroy High School's new building. Following graduation, she worked as a housekeeper. On Feb. 16, 1938, she married Olen Sheets in Humeston. They were blessed with two sons, Norman and Jerold. Dorothy was a homemaker for her family while Olen farmed south of Humeston. He slowly retired and rented out their land. He died on Nov. 22, 1992. Dorothy continued to live on the farm until her death.
As a child she attended the Leroy United Methodist Church and the Smyrna Friends Church. Later she was active in the Humeston Methodist Church and their women's organization. She enjoyed playing the piano at church and for the Rebekah Lodge, of which she was a member.
Survivors include sons, Norman Sheets and wife Marianna of Prole and Jerold Sheets and wife Virginia of Humeston; four grandchildren, Betsy and Peter Shank of Bloomington, Minn., Ben and Debi Sheets of Ripon, Wis., Ronda and Lonnie Ruckman of Liberty, Mo., and Tim and Lori Sheets of Norwalk; eight great- grandchildren, Gilbert Shank, Alexander Sheets, Tessa Sheets, Sara Ruckman, Annie Ruckman, Jody Sheets, Sean Sheets, Kayle Sheets; stepgreat-grandson, Ryan Eckert; four great-great- grandchildren, Fernando, Alexis, Payton and Jocelynee; sister-in-law, Esther Baker of Osceola; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Her parents; husband; brother, Donald Baker and granddaughter, Tamara Sue Sheets, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church in Humeston Nov. 26 with Pastor Diane Olson Schroeder officiating.
Burial was in the Cambria Cemetery.
Arrangements were through the Slade – O'Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni.
A memorial fund has been established by the family to benefit various Humeston community projects.

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