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Lay, Rev. Forest
May 28, 1923 - September 9, 2014
Forest Melvin Lay was born May 28, 1923 near Kirksville, Missouri, the son of Isaac Melvin and Nina Ellen Scott Lay. He received his early education in the rural schools of Schuyler County, Missouri, and graduated from the high school at Queen City, Missouri in 1940. In 1941, he moved to rural Collins, Iowa to work as a farm hand. He attended a United Brethren Church in Collins, where he became a Christian. It was also there he met his future bride, Gladys Claretta Austin. He started college in Oskaloosa, Iowa in September 1942, to prepare for the Christian ministry. He answered his country's wartime call to duty, enlisting in the army in December 1942. He received basic training at Camp Kohler, California, then was stationed at Davis, California to be trained in Morse code as a radio operator in the Signal Corps. In May 1943, he began his overseas duty in the Pacific area as part of the 565th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion. His 27 month tour of duty took him from Brisbane, Australia through New Guinea to the Philippines. While in the Philippines, he contracted pneumonia and was hospitalized there until he was returned to the United States to Schick General Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, receiving an honorable medical discharge after eight months of hospitalization. On October 12, 1945, Forest and Claretta were married in Nevada, Iowa. They moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he resumed his college education, graduating from Kletzing College in 1949. The couple moved to Portland, Oregon, where he attended Western Evangelical Seminary. After returning to Iowa, he was ordained an Elder in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. As a pastor in Iowa, he served churches in Hickory Grove, Truax, Dawson, Moville, Stilson, Goodell, Marquisville, Loring, Pierson, Meadow Star, and Manson. On August 17, 1977, soon after moving to Manson, Claretta died in Waterloo from an aneurysm suffered while attending the Bible Conference in Cedar Falls. On July 2, 1978, Forest married Dorothy Hanson of Pomeroy. After his retirement in 1985, they made their home in Pomeroy. Dorothy died on February 13, 2009 after a lengthy stay in the Pomeroy Care Center. Forest enjoyed gardening and considered it a great form of therapy and relaxation. He was always amazed at the amount of food one could produce on a small plot of ground. He also did some woodworking and especially enjoyed wood carving; he was a member of the Twin Lakes Carving Club.
Forest was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Wayne, Paul, Wesley, and Clyde; wife, Claretta; wife, Dorothy; grandson, Joshua Peterson; and stepson, Gary Hanson.
He is survived by his children David Allen Lay of Mesa, Arizona; Lois Anne (William) Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; Donna Susan (Todd) Peterson of Charlotte, North Carolina; Douglas Duane (Jillian) Lay of Minneapolis, Minnesota; stepson Glen (ReNay) Hanson of Pomeroy, Iowa; step daughters-in-law, Janet Sterrett of Rockwell City, Iowa, and Vicki Caldwell of Sioux City, Iowa. His surviving grandchildren are: Joe (Rachele) Peterson, John Peterson, Jessica Peterson, Katie (Nathan) Coon, Will Johnson, Eric (Jackie) Hanson, Dale Hanson, Heidi (Jeff) Brock, Douglas (Sarah) Hanson, Brenda (Rich) Martin, Kimberly (Chris) Witt. His great-grandchildren are Elizabeth and Vera Peterson; Zoe and Cove Peterson; Grant and Jade Hanson; Trent and Evelyn Hanson; Beau and Austyn Brock; Sam, Jacob, and Elizabeth Hanson; Kyle and Amy Martin; and Jude and Endale Witt.
DeWall, A. Byron
September 21, 1928 - September 5, 2014
Alvin Byron DeWall was born September 21, 1928, in Pocahontas, Iowa. He was the son of Henry G. and Minnie (Aljets) DeWall. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. On October 1, 1955, Byron was united in marriage to Bonnie Gannon in Pocahontas. The couple settled in Pocahontas where they raised their family and Byron was involved in various aspects of farming.
Byron was a member of the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Rotary. He served on the Pocahontas City Council. Byron was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Bears fan. He especially enjoyed gardening, both vegetable and roses.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; children, John (Kay) DeWall of Pocahontas; Jean (Steve) Poppen of Minneapolis, MN; Cathy (Dr. Tim) Rice of Peoria, IL; Steve DeWall of Des Moines and Joe DeWall of Plainfield, IL; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mardella (Donald) Groskreutz of Lyons, CO; Joyce (Jim) McCrea of Milford and Janet (Alan) Harms of Hendersonville, NC and many nieces & nephews.
Byron was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Andrew Poppen and brothers, Donald, Virgil and Harold "Bud".
October 6, 1919 - September 4, 2014
Survivors include his wife of twenty years, Louise; his children: Mick and wife Joyce of Delight, Arkansas, Vicki Fontenot of Laurens, Iowa, Dan of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Toni Stenshoel of Bradenton, Florida; his grandchildren: Jacob Fontenot, Dylan and wife Amber Fontenot, Andrew Vitzthum, and Amy Vitzthum; and his four great-grandchildren: Emma and Asher Cox and June and Caleb Fontenot. Also surviving Tom is sister Jan and husband Bill Ludwig of Corwith, Iowa, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Agnes in 1992, his son, Randall (Jake) in 1987, brothers Gaylen, George, Louis, Dennis, Mike and Jack; and sisters, Rita and Ruth.
May 1, 1989 - August 26, 2014
Bryce Michael Wiley was born on May 1, 1989, at Pocahontas. He was the son of Michael and Kathy (Dahlberg) Wiley. Bryce was educated in Laurens Schools, graduating from Laurens-Marathon High School in 2008.
Bryce lived life to the fullest- Throughout his years, he was a part of the Muscular Dystrophy Assosiation, attended Camp Courageous, and went on hunting trips with the Special Youth Challenge group where he got his first deer and wild turkey. You would often find Bryce fishing at Sportsmans park, or having a bonfire with his friends. Some of his favorite things were, the Iowa Hawkeyes, playing X-BOX, AC/DC music, and shooting guns. Bryce enjoyed spending time with his friends, most recently David Stone, and chatting with his girlfriend, Esterly.
Survivors include his parents: Kathy and Mike of Laurens; sisters and brother: Tessa (Clif) Rubicam of Stout, Blake of Laurens and Destiny of West Des Moines; his very close cousin: Jamie Wiley of Laurens; niece: Kendra; nephews: Cayden and Kannon; grandpa: LeRoy Dahlberg of Laurens and aunts uncles and cousins.
Bryce was preceded in death by grandparents and cousin, Mark Kirsch.
March 13, 1923 - August 26, 2014
Charles Milan Sharp was born March 13, 1923, at Plover, Iowa. He was the son of W. Ward and Hazel (Henderson) Sharp. He was raised in the Plover area attending Plover schools. During his 10th grade of school he quit school to help his ill father on the farm. He was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He served in the South Pacific during WW II as a combat medic and was discharged in 1946. He returned to Plover where he met his future wife. On Sept. 7, 1947, Charles married Violet Williams in Fairmont, MN. They lived in California for a year before returning to Iowa. The couple settled in Pocahontas where Charles built a house for their family. Charles worked as a carpenter in Pocahontas for Levene Construction and also independently, retiring in 1985.
Charles was a member the American Legion and V.F.W. and a past member of the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches.
Survivors include his children, Rick Sharp of Lucerne, CA and Bill Sharp of Laurens and a step-daughter, Frankie Sharp, sisters, Betty (Albert) Delfosse of Rolfe and Donna Lea Cody of Riceville and many nieces & nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, August Anderson; wife, Violet; sisters, Marjorie Iseminger and Bonnie Wolfe and a brother, Wm. W. Sharp who was MIA in Korea in 1953.
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