Obituaries for the week of Dec. 11, 2012
Dec 11, 2012, 15:25
NONA MAE COPLEY
Nona Mae Copley was born Dec. 12, 1930, to Fred and Lena (Irving) Copley, in Woodburn, Decatur County, Iowa, and passed away peacefully on Dec.1, 2012, at her home in Irvine, Calif.
Nona graduated in 1949 from Corydon High School in Wayne County, Iowa. On June 26, 1949, she married Clell D. Crawford. To this union two daughters were born, Michelle “Shelly” Diane and Denise Elaine.
While living in Des Moines, she worked at Meredith Publishing Company. In the winter of 1961, the family moved to La Mirada, Calif., and in 1963 she was employed by Autonetics Division of North American Aviation, Inc. (later Rockwell International and Boeing Corporation) where she worked for 30 years before retiring in 1993.
Starting in the secretarial pool, she worked her way up to the position of Logistics Planning Specialist. She was the recognized “Den Mother” for the field engineers of the F-111 project. She continued to receive calls for guidance and direction after that project had been closed. She was recognized as a valued employee and received a number of outstanding achievement and superior performance awards. One citation recognized her for “efforts to avoid unnecessary costs to the company [which] resulted in a change to company policy and thousands of dollars in savings.”
She enjoyed traveling in the USA and Europe, cruising and meeting new friends along the way.
Nona is survived by her daughters, Michelle Crawford-Morrison and husband Mike of Oceanside, Calif., and Denise Rietter and husband David of Seymour; twin brothers, Russell and wife Carolyn of Ankeny and Ross and wife Jean of Tulsa, Okla., younger brother, Ronald Copley of Council Bluffs as well as several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren through her daughters marriages.
Nona will be remembered as a very positive, competent, loving lady who will be missed by all those who were privileged to know her. She exuded grace, style and class.
The family will be having two Celebration of Life events next year, one in Tucson, Ariz., and the other in Iowa.
Ruby Couchman, daughter of Harry and Kessie (Harris) Radcliff, was born May 26, 1921, in Wayne County, Iowa. She passed away at the age of 91 years, 6 months, and 4 days.
Ruby graduated high school in Sewal where she was also a member of the Methodist Church and Sewal Sirkle Club.
Ruby Pearl Radcliff was united in marriage to Raymond Couchman on April 3, 1940. They had two children, Arlene and Randal.
Raymond and Ruby farmed their entire life near Sewal where Ruby worked beside Raymond doing her part of the farm work and chores. Later they retired and moved to Corydon. After retiring, she enjoyed her flower gardens, sewing, quilting and spending many hours at the Wayne County Museum as librarian.
Ruby and Raymond traveled on numerous bus trips across the U.S. and Canada while meeting a lot of people and making numerous friends. Ruby enjoyed spending quality time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cribbage and domino’s with them. In 2006 they sold their home in Corydon and moved to the Elgin facilities. In May 2012 she and Raymond moved to the Continental Care Facility in Seymour.
Her parents; sister, Lela Mae Wade; brothers, Leo and Richard Radcliff; daughter, Arlene Patricia McMurry and daughter-in-law, Kay Couchman, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Raymond; son, Randal and Elaine of Perry; son-in-law, Clifford (Sandy) McMurry of Grinnell; grandchildren, Teresa (Tim) Roberts of Granger, Tracy (Michelle) McMurry of Seymour, Stefanie (Rich) Hagel of Hartford, S.D., and Toni (Kirk) Hanks of Waterloo; sisters-in-law, Naomi Morris of Waterloo and Pauline Couchman of Corydon; great- grandchildren, Bailey (Tyler) Griffin, J. T. Sheets, Ashley and Brandi McMurry, Emma Hagel, Riley and Kaylee Hanks; great-great- grandson, Greyson Griffin and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with Pastor Leroy Perkins officiating.
Musical selections were “In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace.”
Casket bearers were Ronnie Allen, Steve Allen, Tracy McMurry, Dennis Allen, Delbert Liggett and Randal Couchman.
Burial was in the Corydon Cemetery.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
DAVID “DINGUS” FRIEDEL
Years ago a cowboy with a short memory and the nickname “Freckles” Brown could never remember David’s name and solved that problem by calling him “Dingus.” The name stuck.
He was the top steer wrestler in the Iowa Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1987 and 1997. And was so proud when his prized bulldogging horse “Bay” was voted horse of the year.
In the early years he could also be seen with his rodeo sidekick PD, short for puppy dog. He was a pick up man and bullfighter at the United Rodeo Association finals four years in a row. He was a member of the URA, IRCA and IRA Rodeo Associations. Rodeo was his life and he loved every aspect of the sport. He enjoyed participating in ranch rodeos and ropings. A true cowboy with his spurs jiggling and a Coors Light in his hand everywhere he went. There was never a dull moment when Dingus was around. And the rodeo world certainly will never be the same. Many stories can be shared about Dingus and we hope that they are told with lots of laughter.
Dingus worked for James Sears Rodeo Company for many years and has been employed by Rex Siemer Trucking for the past 10 years.
He was a big supporter of the Leon Youth Rodeo in which Sidney and Macy, his “daughters,” were participants. Dingus was very involved in the activities of Sidney and Macy and supported them in all. He enjoyed helping the girls with their rodeo and could always be seen at the gate encouraging them before and after their runs. The girls were his pride and joy and as you know he had many stories to tell of them.
Dingus was a lover of all children and all children gravitated toward him as well; definitely not because he treated them with kid gloves, but rather with a cowboy’s rugged affection. There are still little boys out there that aspire to be “just like Dingus.”
Dingus lived for the day and he will be remembered and missed every day.
David “Dingus” Friedel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Friedel and Beverly Hainline was born June 29, 1960, in Des Moines, Iowa. He passed away on Dec. 2, 2012, at the age of 52.
Dingus graduated from Madrid High School where he was active in wrestling, football, and rodeo.
Dingus is survived by his fiancée, Kelly McFee and children, Macy, Sidney, James, Kortney, Kady, Krysti; grandchildren, Briley and Layne; parents, Paul and Betty Friedel and Beverly Hainline; siblings, Kathy Gamble, John (Gayle), Michael (Rita) and Paula McLeran (Mark).
Dingus is preceded in death by his grandparents and special friend Ryan Fain.
Memorial services were held Dec. 7 at the Leon Rodeo Grounds in Leon with Jeff Metcalf and Krysti McMahon officiating.
Casket bearers were Clint Hamaker, Rusty Gheer, Doug Stark, Paul Evitt, Doug Sundell and Bruce Pollock.
Honorary bearers were Alan Brown, Bill May, Robert Lee Johnston, Bill Applegate, Ron Morgan, Bill Hamaker, Jim Dickerson and Dale Nelson.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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