Archive for February, 2014

Former Lovilian Dies in Mason City

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Susan Margaret Beenken who grew up in Lovilia as Susan Wilson, daughter of Edward and Marjorie (Bennett) Wilson has died.  Her birthdate was Dec. 7, 1946.  Susan went to school in Lovilia .

She married Fred Schade Sept. 10, 1963 in Lovilia and then they moved to Mason City .  The couple raised six sons:  Jack, Jeff, Jim, Jerry, John, and Joe.  In 1978 she married Roger Beenken and lived on a farm near Portland.  She is survived by her sons, 15 grandchildren,and five great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her brother Fred of California and her brother Ed of Lovilia. She was proceeded in death by her parents and brother John Wilson.

Susan died Saturday Feb.8, 2014 at her home and memorial services were in Mason City at the Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel.  May she rest in peace.

Vince Beary Dies Feb.11, 2014

Leo Vincent Beary died at Oakwood Nursing home in Albia at age 90 years. His parents were William and Anna (Malloy) Beary and he was born April 11, 1923.

Vince received his education at Lovilia schools and was class salutatorian in 1941.  He married Mary Jo lee on June 25, 1966.  Vince farmed all his life, enjoyed visiting with people, and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for many years and enjoyed playing euchre there.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jo and three children:  Chris, Bob and Donald and ten grandchildren as well as ten great-grandchildren.  Also he leaves behind his brother John Lowell, and brother Leonard. He also is survived by two sisters:  Wilma Hollinrake and Marilyn Comer.

A mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia and burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Melrose.  Memorial will be directed to St. Peter’s catholic Church or the Lovilia Community Building.  May he rest in peace.

John Bain, Jr. of Lovilia new manager of Rathbun Country Music Theater

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Owners of the theater were past retirement age and feared the business they worked so many years to build would be closing.  But to the rescue came John Bain, Sr. of Albia.  He agreed to buy the business and continue furnishing live entertainment there.

Interviewed on Albia radio this week, John said they planned to be open April – Oct. and have the same house band on Saturday nights.  However, they plan to add Friday and Sunday programs.  John Jr. will book a variety of music on Friday, Sunday afternoon will feature Gospel music, and Sunday evening will specialize in the Blue Grass sound.

Ticket prices will be the same.  Adults are admitted for $10 each, kids 5-12 are $4 tickets each, and toddlers under 5 are admitted free. A concession stand will be available for snacks during the shows.

One change will be that John Jr. will install a new sound system which is a specialty of his and should be good.  They would like to do some remodeling to improve the building but will wait until fall to begin that project.

The tentative opening night will be the third Saturday of April.  John Jr. will manage the theater and we wish him and his father well in their new enterprise.  Go check it out for good live music and good family fun!

Smokey Smith Died This Week

If you go back to the blog entry of April 22, 2012,  you will see the story I wrote featuring Smokey.  He was well known in country music circles and in Nashville.  He had performed, been a radio disc jockey, and been a music promoter and country show organizer.  He brought shows to Lovilia years ago at the hopping Ponderosa Club.  He was close enough to Johnny Cash to be invited to June and John’s funerals.  This was described in his book which is a fascinating read that I recommend to any country music fan.

Former Resident, Ruth Dunkin, dies in Missouri

Ruth Elizabeth Dunkin, age 86, died Feb.5,2014 in Columbia, Missouri.  Her parents were Joseph Wallace and Ada(Evans) Manley and she was born to them in Albia on April 19, 1927.

She and Robert Dale Dunkin were married Nov. 22, 1942 and celebrated 37 years together before he died in Feb. 1979.  They lived on a farm near Lovilia and she worked many years as a cook for the school.  She and Dale had two children, Kevin (Judy) Dunkin of Columbia and Karen (deceased).  Kevin has five children and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Sat. Feb. 8th at Albia and burial is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia.

Lee Robinson of Rural Lovilia Dies

Lee Edward Robinson died Feb.7, 2014 under hospice care.  He was 86 years old.

His parents were James and Hazel (Noe) Robinson to whom he was born March 8, 1927.

He and Georgia Harrison exchanged wedding vows Oct. 23, 1948 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

His career included farming, truck driving and as a factory supervisor.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia of Lovilia; son Terry of Lovilia; and his daughter Carolyn of Fairfield, Iowa.  He also has five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the funeral home at Lovilia Wednesday, Feb. 12 and burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lovilia.

St. Peter’s women hold a guest day Feb. 13thThe women are holding a guest day and have invited several Monroe County churches to send guests for lunch and fellowship.  Following the luncheon, Judy Anderson, is our special guest speaker.

She is a volunteer at the Des Moines homeless shelter and has done so for many years from its conception.  She will explain the services provided at the shelter and about the people helped there as well as how we could help them if we choose to.  Please RSVP if you plan to come by calling Susan Beary, 946-7952 or emailing:

Michael Spieler Appointed to Monroe County Hospital and Clinic’s Board of Directors

Tim Shehan left the board when he moved to another community and the board appointed Michael as his replacement.  He is Vice President and Sr. loan officer at Peoples State Bank in Albia, Iowa.

He moved to Lovilia in July 2013 with his wife, Kay, and two children,Kaitlyn and Karter.  It is nice to have him represent us on the board and wish him well in his service to the community.

Jim Beary Elected to FSA County Committee

Jim Beary who farms west of Lovilia was elected to represent these townships: Cedar, Guilford, Jackson, Union, and Wayne in Monroe County.  The committee represents Monroe and Appanoose counties  The committee is a contact between the local level and USDA.  We wish you well in serving the farm community.

Plastic bags and balloons can Kill

These seem like harmless objects but can kill birds and farm livestock.  Farmer, Donna Kromray, recently wrote in the Albia Newspaper about calves who choked and required a veterinarian to place a  tube in the animals throat to push down the obstruction.  She recounted three different such incidents.  Had she not been doing chores and saw the animals struggling they most likely would have died.

Also, biologists from around the world have found dead birds and on autopsy found their gut full of bits of plastic trash that choked them or caused an intestinal blockage that killed them.

So to save farmers vet bills and dead animals as well as save wildlife, make sure you recycle all plastic bags and that if you see one in the yard or road ditch to pick them up and dispose in the garbage.  Or better yet, don’t accept plastic at stores, take your own cloth shopping bags.  Also, don’t release helium or any balloons to see them fly high because when they come down birds or animals ingest them and die.

This is simple and something we can all do to protect animals and be sure to teach your kids this safety tip too.!