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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 18, 2012
Dec 18, 2012, 15:34

Willa Jeane Cox, daughter of Roy and Golda Grimes, was born July 9, 1929, in Allerton, Iowa. She passed away on Dec. 11, 2012, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon, Iowa.
Willa Jeane was united in marriage to Dean Freeman Cox on
Aug. 13, 1947, in Davenport. They lived most their married life in the Wayne County area.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Golda: husband, Dean; son, Larry Dale; father-in-law, John Cox; mother-in-law, Myrtle Cox; sisters, Evelyn Donald and husband Neil and Carolyn Donald and husband Ardys; brothers, Doyle and Alan Grimes; sister-in-law, Lois Cox; son-in-law, Bob Hysell; nieces, Dixie Alley, Connie Romoser and Patty Casey and nephew, Jerry Cox.
She is survived by her three children, Cheryl Christine Elston, Joyce Ann Hysell and Jeffrey Keene Cox; son-in-law, Todd Elston; daughter-in-law, Donna Cox; grandchildren, Aharon Elston, Trevor Elston, Shawn Elston, Travis Hysell, Megan Hysell, Rusty Hysell, Christopher Hysell, Jennifer Wilson and Josiah Cox and their respective spouses; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Vernita McEachern and husband Harold; sister-in-law, Marilyn Grimes; brothers-in-law, Vernon Cox, Daryl Cox and wife Hazel Dean and Raymond Cox and wife Nellie and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at the Randolph Funeral Home in Corydon with Pastor Garret Trunk officiating.
Musical selections were “Amazing Grace.” “I Can Only Imagine,” “I Will Rise” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
Casket bearers were her grandchildren, Travis Hysell, Rusty Hysell, Jennifer Wilson, Megan Douthart, Christopher Hysell and Josiah Cox.
Honorary bearers were Aharson Elston, Trevor Elston and Shawn Elston.
Interment was in the Corydon Cemetery next to her beloved husband, Dean.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Berniece Hall was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Wallace, Neb., to John Ernest and Ada E. (Gibson) Whittaker. She passed away Dec. 7, 2012, at the Wayne County Hospital Hospice suite at the age of 91 years and 11 days.
Ethel grew up on her parents’ farm south of Wallace with her five siblings, Eva, Orville, Irma, Harold, and Leora.
In 1951 Ethel moved to southern Iowa with her husband Howard (Tex) Hall. Tex and Ethel farmed in several locations in Wayne County as well as a couple years in the Ankeny and Bondurant area. Ethel was the family homemaker and also helped with all the family chores. It wasn’t uncommon to see her milking cows, feeding pigs, and gathering eggs in addition to preparing all the meals for the family, which included two sons, Don and Dave.
In 1968 Tex passed away from cancer and Ethel moved to Corydon in the fall of 1970. She worked in the school lunchroom until her retirement in 1986. Ethel was always known for having a pot of coffee on to share with friends and neighbors who stopped by to visit. She also made wonderful peanut butter cookies, which were favorites of her visitors, even the neighborhood beagle who frequently visited. Ethel always had a warm smile and a cheerful personality. She truly enjoyed having her family and friends around her home to visit with.
Ethel was baptized, confirmed, and became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Chariton on Sept. 12, 2010. She enjoyed attending services with her church family as often as possible.
Her husband; an infant son, Delbert; her parents; siblings; nephew, Rusty Correll and niece, Vivian Thayer, preceded her in death.
Ethel is survived by her two sons, Donald E. Hall of Liberty, Mo., and David W. Hall of Litchfield, Ariz.; nieces and nephews, Clarence Correll (Evelyn) of Gering, Neb., Ted Correll (Lois) of North Platte, Neb., Jim Correll (Della) of North Platte, Evelyn Daly of North Platte, Rita Correll of Tryon, Neb., Jerry Patterson (Sandy) of Hayes Center, Neb., Sherry Becker (Larry) of Loveland, Colo., Vickie Brown (Rich) of Wray, Colo., and Ronald Whittaker (Vonda) of Surprise, Ariz.; several grandchildren; great- grandchildren; great-nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Chariton with Pastor Dean Christ officiating.
Musical selections were “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Amazing Grace” and “ Abide With Me” with the vocalists of the Trinity Lutheran Church Choir.
Casket bearers were Clarence Petty, Wayne Alley, Dave Hook, Brian Taylor, Allen Fry and Stewart Everman.
Burial was in the Allerton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be donated to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Chariton, Hospice of Central Iowa or left at the Randolph Funeral Home at 204 N. Greeley, PO Box 294, Corydon, IA 50060.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Francis Rouse was born to Ed and Mabel (Bass) Rouse on Nov. 17, 1937, in Lucas, Iowa, and passed away at his home on Dec. 9, 2012, after fighting a long battle of pulmonary fibrosis.
On Dec. 27, 1958, he married his wife of 55 years, Charolette Williams. Two sons, Dick and Doug, were born to this union.
Mike graduated from Lucas High School in 1956. After high school Mike had several odd jobs until 1959 when he went to barber school in Des Moines. After his graduation he moved to Corydon and worked for Raymond Rissler and then moved and bought his first barber business in the basement of Corydon State Bank. After the Corydon State Bank fire, he moved his shop to the Poston Building and later in 1997 he moved his barbershop to his home where he finished out his 52-year barbering career.
In 1944 he was baptized in the Community of Christ Church.
Mike always enjoyed visiting with his customers. He never complained about going to work until his illness got too bad at the end. Even when his disease was at its worst he never complained about it and always said that he had it good and there were people worse off than him. He enjoyed being around his family and friends until the very end.
He is survived by his wife, Charolette Williams Rouse; sons, Dick Rouse and his wife Cheryl of Corydon and Doug Rouse and wife Dee of Lamoni; four granddaughters, Ashley Rouse Miller, Alisha Rouse, Emily Rouse and Lydia Rouse; three great- granddaughters, Cadi Miller, Cassi Miller and Peyton Kanney; brother, John Rouse of Chariton; brothers-in-law, Clifford Gillman of Chariton and Bill Williams of Sacramento, Calif.; sister-in-law, Louise Smith of Corydon; nieces, Glenna Fleming, Kelli and McKenna Dix, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Janet Rouse, Julie Stansbery, Michael Goben, all of Chariton, Sandy Lane of Bondurant and Jeri Holmes of Lucas; nephews, George Gillman of Alaska and Jon and Bob Gillman of Texas.
His parents, Ed and Mabel Rouse; sister, Barbara Gillman; sisters-in-law, Beth Rouse and Mary Foley; nephew, John Douglas Rouse and brothers-in-law, Orlie Williams, Kenneth McCullough, and Glen Smith, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Dec. 13 at the Randolph Funeral Home in Corydon with Elder Verlin Akers officiating.
Musical selections were “Amazing Grace,” “Farewell Party” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” with vocalist Marjorie Lovett.
Casket bearers were Dick Rouse, Doug Rouse, Eric Palmer, Don Bethards, Bill Beavers and Lou Hickok.
Honorary bearers were Ray Greenlee, Tommy Boyce, T.C. Poston, Roy Greenlee, Bill Darrah, Bob Rockhold and Larry Siglin.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jennie (Parks) Spry, 95, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center, Long Term Care in Centerville.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville with Father Bill Hubmann officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville.
Memorials have been established to the Jennie Spry Memorial Fund, Hospice of Central Iowa, or St. Joseph’s Family Shelter and may be given to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, IA, 52544.
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