Apr 11, 1939 - Oct 30, 2023
Jan 21, 1930 - Feb 27, 2024
Beverly Niswender, 94, of Chariton, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment will follow at the Chariton Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. A full obituary will follow.
Betty Jean Woollums
Mar 06, 1944 - Feb 28, 2024
Betty Jean (Burk) Woollums, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at her home in Chariton, Iowa. Betty was born on March 6, 1944, at her home in Bussey, Iowa to Harold and Maxine Louise (Collins) Burk. She married Freddie William Woollums in Albia and into this union two children, Gale and Juanita were born. Betty attended and graduated High School in 1962 at Lovillia, Iowa. She had worked varies jobs but Chamberlain manufacturing and Pella Corp. was her primary long term employers. She enjoyed cookie making, gardening, being outdoors, sewing and shopping with her daughter Juanita. Her greatest joy was the great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Maxine Burk, her beloved soul mate Freddie William “Bill” Woollums, her son “Gale” William Woolums, siblings, Berta McVey, Pattie Ford, Harold, Walter and George Burk. She is survived by her daughter, Juanita (Terry) Durham, grandchildren Samantha Patterson of Centerville, Kerry Woollums of Chariton, Ashley (Joe) Deaton of Des Moines, Robert Woollums of Mount Pleasant, Kyla Woolums of Knoxville, David Durham, Josh Durham, Rebecca Durham, Taylor Durham, Kollin Durham all from Chariton, 6 great-grandchildren that frequently visited her home, Joseph Dhabolt, Emmitt Dhabolt, and Jason Dhabolt of Chariton, Nathan Woollums, Drake Woollums and Skyler Woollums of Chariton, Ashlynn Woollums, great-granddaughter just introduced her to her great-great-grandson, Hayden Nine of Chariton. Betty was one of 13 Children and surviving siblings are Mary Ann Bridgeman of Newton, Larry Burk, Marilyn Isley and Mark Burk of Oskaloosa, Marjorie Bakalar of Ottumwa, Jack Burk of Council Bluffs, Jim Burk of Troy, Missouri. Betty will be greatly missed. To to the family or in memory of Betty Jean Woollums, please
Kirk Walter Stansbery
Dec 04, 1974 - Feb 18, 2024
A celebration of life for Kirk "Bear" Stansbery, 49, of Chariton, will be held Friday, February 23, 2024, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Kirk would want everyone to wear casual Hawkeye attire for the celebration. Memorials may be made to his family for his son Khyler and for expenses.Kirk Walter Stansbery was born December 4, 1974, to Dick and Karen Stansbery. He was born on his mom’s birthday. Being the youngest child, he was welcomed home by his siblings: Kenneth, Colleen, Chris, and Craig. Bear attended elementary school at Williamson, where many lifelong friendships were made. He then went to Chariton High School where he was very active in sports. Bear was a tenacious wrestler and wrestled at state in 1992 and 1993. He was also a great football player. No matter what sport he played, Bear was always committed to being the best.Bear was a cattleman in many ways and loved working with cattle. He worked for many farmers and sale barns throughout the years and recently did logging on his own. Bear was always on the go. He had a love for sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, and never passed up a stop for his lottery tickets. He enjoyed most the time spent with his friends and family. Family has always been important to Bear. Bear and Cali were blessed with a son, Khyler in 2010. After Khyler was born, there was nothing more important to Bear than seeing his son happy and succeeding. They shared a love for sports together. He passionately cheered for Khyler at every sporting event. He cheered so passionately at baseball games he was given the nickname "stickman" from the baseball boys because he would pace back and forth, pulling branches off the trees in the outfield – where he was strongly encouraged to stand. Bear’s family would like to thank the LCHC ambulance crew, the emergency room staff at LCHC, and Donnie and Kris Wilson for their help, care, and understanding at the time of his passing.Bear passed away February 18, 2024, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Bear was never one to complain, as he fought his battle he remained at peace, always strong, always fighting – the Bear Tuff way. He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Stansbery; brother, Kenneth Stansbery; and sister, Kathleen Stansbery.He will be greatly missed by the greatest joy of his life, his son, Khyler; his mother, Karen Stansbery; siblings: Colleen (Randy) Grgurich, Chris Stansbery, and Craig (Kim) Stansbery; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Nov 16, 1941 - Feb 22, 2024
Awanda Howell, 82, of Chariton passed away peacefully on February 22, 2024. She was with her son, Jack, and many dear family and friends throughout her last few days. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 10:30 a.m., with the family receiving guests one hour prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa. Interment will take place at the Chariton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.Awanda was born on November 16, 1941, to Jack and Edith Jones in Miami, Florida. She was the youngest of four siblings: Beverly, Carol, and Chuck.Awanda was working as a waitress at the NCO Club at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina when she met her future husband, Jerry Howell. They had two children together and moved to Chariton, Iowa in 1973.Awanda was a devoted and caring wife and mother, who always put her family first. She was a dedicated member of her church and loved to volunteer and help anyone she could. She was small in stature, but had the strength and heart of a lion. She was the quiet, reliable, presence that buoyed so many through stressful times. Awanda always put others before her, and even during difficult times while her health failed her, she was often heard asking the nurses if there was anything she could do for them.Awanda was with the love of her life, Jerry, for 57 years and has now joined him where he was waiting for her, just beyond the moon.Awanda is survived by her son, Jack; her granddaughter, Samantha "Sammi"; her sister, Carol; and her brother, Chuck. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her son Bill; and her sister, Beverly.
Phillip Neal Purdy
Jan 31, 1935 - Feb 13, 2024
We celebrate the life of Phillip Neal Purdy, a beloved member of the Chariton community, who passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on February 13, 2024. We invite you to join us in honoring his life at a special event on Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Chariton. Prior to the service, at 10:00 a.m., his family will be receiving friends and after the service a luncheon will be held at the church for a time of fellowship. Phil's family requests that you please consider making a donation to the Chariton Public Library in his memory.Phil was born on January 31, 1935, in Guthrie Center, Iowa, as the youngest of 11 children to Perry and Hope Purdy. Despite the challenges of growing up during the Great Depression, Phil graduated from Albia High School in 1952. Phil met Caroldene Clevenger while roller skating in Oskaloosa, and they were married in 1955 in New Sharon, Iowa.Phil's passion for agriculture led him to work for the Ag program at Iowa State University before pursuing a career in sales. He excelled in selling farm equipment and won numerous sales competitions, earning him trips and cruises. However, his true love and occupation was farming, and he always looked forward to coming home to it.Together, Phil and Caroldene loved to travel and experienced many adventures together. They especially enjoyed cruises and traveling with their friends, Chuck and Murldene Wyatt. One of their most memorable trips was to Hawaii. They also enjoyed camping and boating with their entire family and shared a love for country music, often attending concerts together. Phil was an avid reader and a strong supporter of the public library. His deep faith was evident through his active involvement in the churches he attended, including Hartford Presbyterian Church and Grace Baptist Church.Chariton was always considered home for Phil and Caroldene, and in 2002 they built their dream home there. Phil had a special love for Christmas and would go all-out decorating his home and property for the holiday season. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren and loved having his family together.Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Hope; and his siblings, Lorna, Lois, Gertrude, Francis, Margaret, Gail, Bud, Roger, Max, and Keith. He will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 68 years, Caroldene; his children, son Greg and his wife Toni, and their children, Shaay and Leif Purdy; daughter Diane Hawkinson and her husband Gary, along with their children, Dan and Jason Hawkinson; and numerous other loved ones and friends.Let us come together to celebrate the remarkable life of Phil Purdy, a man who will always be remembered for his love, faith, and dedication to his family and community.
Florence Louise Hawkins
Oct 09, 1940 - Feb 27, 2024
Florence Louise Hawkins, 83 of Corydon passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at the Lucas County Health Center in Chariton, Iowa.Florence was born October 9, 1940 to Fred and Lola (Skinner) Soper in Osceola, Iowa.Florence had three sons whom she loved deeply; Charles, Gene and Brad.She enjoyed helping her father with his mowing business, which she would eventually operate on her own, together they mowed 23 cemeteries and 26 yards. Florence was a waitress throughout her life, she spent a good portion working at the Family Table Restaurant and Alley Bowl in Osceola.In her free time, she enjoyed crafting, reading, doing puzzles and also loved making refrigerator magnets.Survivors include her son, Charles Hawkins; daughter-in-law Julie Garrison; grandsons, Clayton Garrison, Nathan (Michaela) Maynard; niece, Cristi (Ron) Scadden and their children Randy and Julie, along with numerous extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sons: Gene Garrison, Brad Garrison and sister, Flora Allen.Per Florence’s wishes, she was cremated and no services will be planned at this time. Memorials may be made to Wayne County Fair, and may be mailed to Thomas Funeral Home, ATTN: Hawkins family, 303 East Jefferson, Corydon, Iowa 50060. Condolences may be shared online at www.thomasfh.com or on our funeral home Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thomasfuneralhome.
Aug 18, 1925 - Feb 26, 2024
Maxine Whiteley passed away on, February 26, 2024 at the home of her daughter, Donna near Chariton, Iowa. Maxine was born on August 18, 1925 at home in Milo, Iowa to Frank and Ethel Whitlow. Maxine was the eighth of twelve children born to this union.At 4 years of age, Maxine and 2 of her siblings were sent to the Annie Wittenmeyer Home in Davenport, Iowa. In 1930 Charles and Elma Breuer adopted Maxine to join Marvin, her new half-brother, to complete their new family and they lived on a farm west of Corydon. She attended Clay Center country school and Corydon High School.On November 23, 1942 she met the love of her life, Dail Whiteley and they were married on January 10, 1944. Dail soon left to serve his country in the US Navy during WWII and during this time their first-born son Gary Dail arrived. Upon returning home from the war, they moved to Corydon where Dail started his own electrical business and in 1947 Ronald Dean was born and Donna Kay followed in 1948.In 1955, Dail and Maxine moved their family to a dairy farm west of Corydon where they lived for many years. Maxine was a hard worker with lots of long days filled with farm work, housework and gardening to feed their growing family. If something needed to be done, it was to be done right or not done at all was the work ethic she instilled in each of her children. She canned, preserved and froze at least 500 quarts of food and raised, dressed and froze 200 chickens annually to help feed the family. Sunday dinners were always fried chicken with the usual side dishes, homemade noodles, rolls and numerous choices of different pies on the menu. She even found time to work nights and made all of the pies for Nick’s Cafe. In 1957 another daughter named Cindy Lou arrived and in 1959 Randy Ray was born to complete the family. Being one of the younger couples in their neighborhood, they spent many hours helping their neighbors who needed help with field work, gardening or poultry harvesting.After several years on the farm working and raising their family, it was time to move back into Corydon to retire. In 1978 their son, Ron, built their new home with a smaller yard and garden and the canning and freezing activities continued on a smaller scale.Maxine found time to join in activities and learned how to play bridge, bowl, play golf and tennis and go on long walks with friends as well as making many enjoyable crafted items. She also continued to make her wonderful pies which were requested from friends and she found time to make over 1,000 pies for the Coastal Mart in Corydon over a two-year period of time. Dad is gone now and I can’t ask him, but I think he had to drive to Coastal to buy an extra piece of her pie during those couple of years! Knitting afghans for her grandchildren and making cross stitched baby blankets for all of her great-grandchildren also kept her hands busy over the years. Maxine loved to entertain and made fabulous meals which included her famous noodles, bread and rolls, cookies, candies and pies that will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her and enjoyed her goodies. She was also a great story teller sharing stories of her childhood, silly things that happened to her throughout life and usually there were really funny stories about herself and Dad.Soon after moving to town, they began making the annual trek as snow birds to the warmer weather of Arizona where their sons, Ron and Randy lived at the time. She enjoyed playing lots of tennis as well as card games, attending spring training Cub games with Dail and entertaining many friends with lots of meals which included those homemade pies.Downsizing once again became necessary in 2000 when Maxine suffered a heart attack. So, another new but smaller home was built in 2003, with a smaller yard and garden being enjoyed once again. In 2014 Maxine suffered from failing eyesight and it was finally time for “real retirement”. They sold their home and moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Chariton, Iowa. No yard or garden to tend and no baking, but lots of card games, bingo and other activities and again making many new friends filled their time.In March of 2018 Dail and Maxine moved to Corydon Specialty Care where they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on January 10, 2019 with their family, friends and residents. They also celebrated their 76th anniversary in 2020 before Dail passed away on October 31st, 2020.Maxine is survived by her sons Ron (Joan) Whiteley, Kentland, Indiana; and Randy Whiteley and Special Friend, Denese Bankus, Corydon, Iowa. Daughters Donna (Thierry) Amice, Chariton, Iowa; and Cindy (Jeff) Stewart, Corydon and Grandchildren Kellie (Tony) Sinclair, Melrose, Iowa; Mike (Erin) Curran, Woodburn, Iowa; Chris Whiteley, Celina, Texas; Chad (Amy) Whiteley, Euless, Texas; Sarah (Chad) Peck, Promise City, Iowa; Lorah (Ryan) Arnold, Corydon, Iowa; Jason Whiteley, Hartford, Ohio; Brad (Trish) Whiteley, Speedway, Indiana and Matt (Ryanne) Whiteley, Columbus, Indiana.Great Grandchildren Kolby and Fiancé Hunter McAnnich, Luke, Cole and Wyatt Sinclair, Melrose, Iowa; Conner (Sunnie) Whiteley, Euless, Texas; Addison and Cade Whiteley, Euless, Texas; Riley (Cade) Pelzer, Red Oak, Iowa; Reese Brown and Brystal Peck, Promise City, Iowa; Shayden and Hagan Arnold, Corydon; Cierra Hildebrand, Manson, Iowa; Sidney Hildebrand, Winterset, Iowa; Sage Hildebrand, Ames, Iowa and Shawn Partlow, Woodburn, Iowa.Great-Great Grandchildren Adrian Henry Mayfield, Perry, Iowa; Graham Michael and Ja’Niyla Whiteley, Speedway, Indiana; Emma Grace Whiteley, Columbus, Indiana and Emberlynn Whiteley, Euless, Texas.She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her kindness, gentle words, sense of humor and her love of God.Maxine was preceded in death by her biological parents Frank Whitlow and Ethel Alyward Whitlow and adoptive parents Charles and Elma Breuer. Her Father-in-Law, Irvin E. Whiteley and Mother-in-Law, Sarah Emma (Todd) Whiteley; her Husband, Rex Dail; and first-born Son, Gary Dail and Daughter in Law Connie Whiteley, Celina, Texas; and Son-in-Law Ethan Allen (Donna) Towne, Chariton, Iowa. Siblings Dwight Whitlow; Dwaine Whitlow; Max Whitlow; Marjorie (Whitlow) Feight; baby Lester Whitlow; Paul Whitlow; Marguerite (Whitlow) Nightingale; James Whitlow; Clifford Whitlow; Raymond Whitlow; Harry Frank Whitlow Jr. and half-brother, Marvin (Norma McLin) Breuer. Brother-in-Law, Irvin Jr Whiteley and Sister-in-Law Geneva (Ockerman) Whiteley. Nephew, Jerry Breuer; Niece Dixie (Breuer) McMahan, and many Nieces and Nephews from both of her biological and adoptive families.Maxine was a warm hearted and very loyal person. She loved having fun and will be dearly missed by her loved ones and all who knew her.Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 4th, 2024, at 10am at Thomas Funeral Home in Corydon. Burial will follow at the Corydon Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 3rd from 1:00pm to 3:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the Corydon Methodist Church or to New Zion Methodist Church in lieu of flowers if you wish and condolences may be shared at www.thomasfh.com or facebook.com/thomasfuneralhome.Maxine's service can be live-streamed at: https://my.gather.app/fh/thomas-funeral-home/family/maxine-whiteley
Anita Rae Morrison
Apr 03, 1945 - Feb 06, 2024
Anita Rae Morrison, 78, of Chariton, IA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Anita was born on April 3, 1945, to parents William “Raymond” and Helen Woods at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, IA, and was one of 5 children. She grew up in Woodburn, IA and attended Woodburn School until 8th grade, and completed her education at the Clarke Community High School in Osceola, IA. She met John while working at the Gross-Galesburg sewing factory in Chariton, IA. John was a mechanic, and Anita was a “zipper lady”. They married and raised two children: Sons Marty Morrison, of Chariton, and Mark Morrison of Russell. Anita enjoyed spending time socializing with people. She worked as a clerk at the local Conoco for many years, and got to know numerous members of the community, surrounding towns, and passers-by. She and John would often have game nights with friends and loved going out to eat together. Anita was a proud member of the local Red Hat Society for a period. She loved attending church on Sundays and going to the Senior Center for lunch with friends later in life. Anita was proud of her two sons and took an active role in her family and adored spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and had a very close relationship with her niece Marge Vaughn of Texas. She loved to cook and didn’t believe in letting anyone leave her home hungry. Anita was preceded in death by her parents; Raymond and Helen, sisters; Shirley Konrath and Colleen Showers, and brother; Raymond “Sonny” Brothers and Terry Woods. She is survived by her sons; Marty Morrison and Mark Morrison, grandchildren; Todd Morrison and Amanda (William)Hallmark, and great-grandchildren; Kaden, Rosalyn and Liam Hinds, Annabelle Hallmark, Carter and Dillion Morrison, and many nieces and nephews. To to the family or in memory of Anita Rae Morrison, please
James Robert Johnston
Oct 12, 1938 - Feb 01, 2024
James Robert Johnston (Sugar), ager 85, of Chariton, Iowa. Passed away on February 1, 2024 at the Lucas County Health Center. Jim was born on October 12, 1938, to Lee and Marie Johnston of Chariton. He graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1956. After graduating he served in the United States Army, before coming back in Chariton. On July 17, 1964, Jim married Davadean Hartley, and they were married for 58 years. They lived in Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE before settling back in Chariton. Jim loved sports and could recite every score and date, and he would remember the birthday of everyone he met. He was very sentimental and would happily give a history lesson on Chariton or his favorite sports players to anyone who asked. He was a proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jim is survived by his sister Jane (Raymond) Huff of Chariton, IA, son David Johnston (Kristine of Hudson, WI, stepdaughter Janis Weed (Mike) of Corpus Christi, TX, Grandchildren Cody (Heather) Darrah of Kirksville, Mo, Derek (Erin) Johnson of Ellsworth, WI, Marissa Johnston of Hudson, WI and Marly Johnston of La Crosse, WI, and 3 great-grandchildren, Sadie, Sheamus and Sawyer Darrah of Kirksville, MO. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Davadean and his stepson Bob Darrah. Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 12, 2024 at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be held following the services at the Calvary Cemetery in Chariton. On line condolences may be left at www.fieldingfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton. To to the family or in memory of James "Sugar" R Johnston, please
Ida Correne Kunch
Aug 09, 1938 - Jan 27, 2024
Ida Correne Kunch, 86, passed away at 3:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Chariton Hospital. Ida was born August 9, 1938 in Corydon to Evelyn (Holmes) and Joseph Nichols. Ida attended school in Chariton in the 1940's and 50's, attained her GED in the early 1990's, and attended Indian Hills Community College. Ida dated Richard (Dick) Kunch in high school and they were married August 18, 1956, at the Justice of the Peace in Russell, Iowa. They lived in Chariton, Iowa; San Diego, California; and spent 3 years in Guam while Dick was in the service. They then moved back to Iowa, residing in LeClaire for a period of time before settling back in the Chariton area. Dick and Ida had two children, Crystal Correne born January 17, 1958, and Anthony Dean born November 7, 1959. The couple had 3 grandchildren. Ida worked at garment factories in Davenport, Chariton, and Corydon. She retired from factory work in 1990 and subsequently obtained her GED and attended Indian Hills Community College. One of her instructors there told her she was not cut out to work with computers so Ida instead filled her time with independent work at home. Ida loved to play cribbage, but since Dick always kept score she seldom won. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed word search puzzles. Ida, wearing a signature ball hat adorned with many decorative pins, was often by Dick’s side at any auction within driving distance, and she leaves behind many cookbooks, quilts, and TV lamps as a result. Ida had a great love of animals and took pleasure in watching the birds and deer that were regular visitors to the many feeders she and Dick maintained at their home in the country south of Chariton. Due to health concerns, the couple had recently moved into Chariton. Ida was preceded in death by her parents; both children; two sisters, Wanda Engel and Sharon Hauger; two brothers, Joe and Curtis Nichols; brothers-in-law Don Kunch and Bert Lockard; sisters-in-law Donna Sutton and Ruth Ann Kunch. Brother-in-law Dwain Kunch passed away the day after Ida. Ida is survived by her loving husband; her three grandchildren; sisters-in-law Diane (Buck) Irving, Kathy Lockard, and Glenda Kunch; brothers-in-law Robert (Barb) Kunch and Ron Sutton; and many extended family members that will miss her engaging smile. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Humane Society in Ida’s name. Ida’s body was donated to the Science Center at the University of Iowa and will be cremated at a later date. At Last Weep not for me, now that I have gone. For the tide of life must still flow on, But think of me at rest with God; Rough was the road I have trod. Weep not for me, each fleeting day, For all of my tears are wiped away. I lie not out under the sod But I am safe in the Arms of God Weep not for me, now that I have gone, You need your strength to follow on. The gateway I have just passed through Will be left ajar, my dear, for you. To to the family or in memory of Ida Correne (Nichols) Kunch, please