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Norwalk, Iowa
September 2, 2021     N. Warren Town and County News
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Page Two Published Weekly on Thursdays By NNVarren Town and County News Established May 1968 PO. Box 325, 1122 Main St. Ste. 1, Norwalk, IA 50211 515-981-0406 Publisher Interim Editor Office Manager Steven F. Klein Sara Davis Annie Williamson Subscription Rates: $20 per year 0 Single Copy 50¢ Senior Citizens College Students $17 per year Residents outside Warren Polk Co. $26 per year ALL ADVERTISING AND NEWS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12:00 PM NOON ON FRIDAY TO ENSURE PUBLICATION IN NEXT ISSUE We reserve the right to accept or refuse all advertising. Publisher resen/es the right to cancel any advertisment at any time. Periodicals Postage Paid at Nonivalk, Iowa additional mailing offices Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to PO. Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Member of: National Newspaper Association Iowa Newspaper Association 52/ Extra copies of the Norwalk paper can be purchased at Casey’s, Kum Go, Git-N-Go, and Fareway. Fe nets! 8: Cremation Servicesy Celebration of Lite Santa l Isabel Berry Laura Stout 7 3 Age 88, Norwalk Age 75, N orwalk www.01earyfunerals.com 1020 Main Street, Norwalk ' (515) 981-0700 Eric E. O’Leary Owner 60* Director Come Enjoy the GOOD LIFE ** NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS ** Good Life Retirement Center 1313 Wright Road, Norwalk. 1 Bedroom Apartments Park-like Setting Community Center 24/7 Maintenance Rental Assistance May Be Available to Those Who Qualify 62 Years of Age or Older, Disabled Regardless of Age I -800-383-5204 L ' mmmtmirv This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider. N/Warren Town and County News OBITUARY LAURA STOUT Laura Anna Stout, 75, Norwalk, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 17th, 2021. Laura Anna, the daughter of Earl Arthur and Lois Anna (Ross) Hogan, was born on October 22nd, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew up in Greenwood, Indiana and graduated from the high school there in 1961. When her children were younger they moved to Norwalk. Laura earned her associates degree in computer programming and accounting from A.I.B. (American Institute of Business). She worked for over 20 years as an executive secretary for the Holiday Inn on Fleur Avenue near Grays Lake. After the floods of 1993 that hotel was closed due to severe flood damage and relocated to its present location across from the Des Moines Airport. In addition to her secretarial duties she basically managed the different areas and staff at the hotel. Laura also had worked at Pfizer Where . she worked in the accounting department and bank reconciliation areas. Laura loved being a mother and a doting grandmother and being involved with their lives. She enjoyed working in her vegetable garden where she was known for growing green beans, peas, onions and sweet corn. One of her hobbies included family ancestral and genealogy; long before the days of when com- puters made this research easier. Laura lived 75 years,_9 months and 28 days. She was preceded in death by her parents. Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Matthew (Krista) Stout of Norwalk and Michael “Tim” Stout of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a brother, Michael (Masumi) Hogan of Orange County, California; and four grandchildren, Connor J. Stout, Eric Stout, Stephen Stout, and Matthew “Quinn” Stout. A memorial Visitation will be held from 5 t0 7 pm. on Friday, September 3rd with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept- ember 4th at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk. To leave an online condolence for Laura’s family, please visit www.olearyfunerals.com. OBITUARY GEORGE WHITE George Lewis White, 91, Norwalk, passed away at Regency Assisted Living on’August 22nd, 2021. George was born June 19th, 1930, in Rome, Iowa to Walter and Nora “Grace” (Scarff) White. George is survived by his children, Brenda (Jim) s it Steinke, Roger (Mary) White, Beverly (Jim) Scott, and Richard (Joyce) White; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and other extended family and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents; and siblings, Edward, Carol, Norma, Phyllis and Ila Kay. Funeral services were held August 27th, 2021 at Martensdale Community Church. A private family burial was held at Grant Cemetery, Rome, Iowa. Memorial contribu- tions may be directed to the family in loving memory of George. To leave an online condolence for George’s family, please visit WWW.HamiltonsFuneral Homecom. HEATING, COOLING PLUMBING In-Floor ~ Geothermal Heating Insured Certified (515) 989-0106 SALES ~ SERVICE REPLACEMENT BATHROOM REMODEL Thursday, September 2, 2021' OBITUARY ALLEN JOHNSTON A Allen Andrew John- ston was born June 3rd, 1939 in Kansas City, KS to George Wesley and Marjory Guthrie John- ston, and he passed away at Johnston Hospice House, Johnston, IA on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 at the age of 82. He was named after both of his grandfathers, Allen Simpson Guthrie and Andrew Jackson Johnston. Shortly after his birth at the end of the Great Depression, Allen’s family moved to Riverton, KS where his father worked as a welder, then at the age of three they moved to the family farm south of Mount Ayr, IA. His older brother, Neil, was called “Red” because of his red hair, so from a young age Allen was called “Little Red”. As a boy growing up with relatives and neighbors on adjoining farms, he had many adventures with his childhood friends, namely Bobo and Scurv. The boys loved to fish and hunt. Allen allegedly having once caught a bluegill so large a gallon coffee can couldn’t hold it. After he accidentally blew a ragged hole in the porch Wall of the family’s farmhouse with the double-barreled 10-guage shotgun, for his own safety his mother had the gun shipped off to relatives in California. The family also attended the Hickory Grove Church just south of the farm. It was there that Allen was baptized and began his lifelong devotion to Christ. Allen attended high school in Leon, IA, since his father opened a blacksmith shop in the town and moved the family there. He wrestled and played football, with a mem- orable highlight being school bus trips up to the big city of Des Moines for wrestling meets. The sport he enjoyed and excelled at most was baseball. On May 29, 1957, Allen and Bessie Marie Owens were married. They welcomed their son Ronald on December 3, 1957. Allen was working at the filling station at the intersection of Highways 2 and 69 in Leon at this time. Bessie Marie passed away on June 2, 1958. On February 26, 1961, Allen and Sandra Kay Men- denhall were joined together in marriage. Allen and Sandra cele- brated 60 years of marriage in February 2021. They had two daughters, Debra born March 24, 1962, and Darla born August 1, 1964, and two sons, Darren born September 25, 1965, and Delano born September 26, 1967. Allen worked at Firestone in Des Moines and moved the family to Norwalk, then was employed in sales with Stemco Manufacturing based in . Longview, TX for over 30 years. After leaving Stemco, Allen started his own company, Tribo- maxx, selling lubricants and other products for trucks and school buses. In the early 1980’s Allen and Sandra pur- chased a small farm near New Virginia, IA and resided there 35 years. He expanded his beef cattle herd, and also began an extensive haying enter- prise, making hay and custom baling in several counties in southern Iowa. Countless square bales were trucked to Johnston and James Farms, the family dairy south of Mount Ayr. His meticulous nature lent itself to precise fence building, which he also occasionally did for hire. He preferred manual “i0bb'ers”jove.r power- driven post hole augers, and was never satisfied unless all the dirt made it back into a post hole after tamping in and setting a corner post. Allen was preceded in death by his wife Bessie Owens Johnston; son Darren Johnston; parents George W. Johnston and Marjory Guthrie John- ston; brother George Johnston, Jr and sister- in-law Jane; brother Walter Neil Johnston; brother-in-law Oral “Bus” James; nephews Dennis James and Darrell James; and great7grandson Hunter Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sandra Johnston of Norwalk; son Ron (Jeanie) Johnston of Norwalk; daughter Deb Scrowther of Des Moines; daughter Darla (Rene) Morfin of Alisa Viejo, CA; son Del (Kristine) Johnston of Story City; sister Rose James of Mount Ayr; sister-in-law Irma Johnston of Mount Ayr; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grand- child; nieces, nephews, and many friends. Services were held August 26, 2021 at Woodland Hills Church of Christ in Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be given to Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO. or Woodland Hills Church of Christ, Pleasant Hill, IA. To sign an online condolence, visit www. overtonfunerals.com.