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Gerald Verne Scott

Gerald Verne Scott, son of Raymond Verne and Edna Maude (Bissell) Scott, was born March 26, 1921 in rural Villisca, Iowa. He graduated from Corning High School in 1938. He farmed with his dad until he was drafted in the US Army in 1942. On Aug. 1, 1942, he was united in marriage to Lois Brown in Grant City, Mo. While in the Army, he was an officer in the Artillery as a forward observer. After the surrender of enemy forces in August 1945, Gerald was assigned to the Army of the Occupation in Japan. Gerald was honorably discharged as a Captain in the Spring of 1946.

Gerald returned to the Corning area and resumed farming with his dad until moving to a farm eight miles northwest of Diagonal in Lincoln Township where he farmed and raised his family. In 1980, he moved into Clearfield and continued farming for John Parrish until retiring in the 1998. He enjoyed raising a garden and doing yard work. Gerald was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be remembered for his gentle manner. Gerald was a 60-year member of Morris Herrold Post #395 in Diagonal.

Gerald passed away April 8, 2014 at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Diana Scott on July 8, 2008; brothers Claire Scott and Glenn Scott; sisters Norma O’Riley, Deloris Hollander and Ruth Swartz; sisters-in-law Lois Kemery Scott, Betty Scott and Berneita Dunham; brothers-in-law John O’Riley, Sam Hollander, Byron Swartz, Byron Ogburn, Morris Dunham, Floyd Morris, Gerald Brown and Bernard Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Lois Scott, of Clearfield; son David (Jeannette) Scott of Osceola; daughters Janis (Ed) Johnston of Diagonal; and Joyce (Dave) Sweeney of Lenox; eight grandchildren: Derek Scott, Scott Johnston, Deron (Liline) Scott, Curt (Mandy) Johnston, Trent Johnston, Angela (Ryan) Reynolds, Erin (Tysen) Christensen, Chris (Anna) Sweeney; great-grandchildren: Adalyn Reynolds, Ryce Reynolds, Makenna Johnston, Hadlee Christensen, Emma Reynolds, Chase Johnston, Jesa Christensen and Cole Johnston; brothers: Marvin Dee Scott of Covington, Wash., and Edward (Sharon) Scott of Corning; sister Illah (Clifford) Brown of Corning; sisters-in-law: Joann Morris of Omaha, Neb.; Judy Brown of McKinney, Texas; Darlene Brown of Papillion, Neb.; Judy (Dennis) Grantham of Denver, Colo.; and Rosanna Walker of Moorehead, Minn.; other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield was in charge of the arrangements.


Jerry D. Keever

Jerry D. Keever, son of Dow and Inez (Wynn) Keever, was born on Nov. 13, 1935 in Creston, Iowa. He passed away on March 31, 2014 in Shreveport, La., at the age of 79 years and 4 months.

Jerry attended school in the Corning public school system, and graduated with the class of 1954. He was active in many school activities, and sports were his favorite extra curricular activities. He gained all conference status in Hawkeye 8 basketball his senior year. Jerry and the Keever family were active members of the Presbyterian Church in Corning, where he was baptized.

After high school, he attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., and played varsity basketball there for two years. Upon graduating from Wentworth, he attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a business degree. Jerry served in the Army National Guard and took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, and was a company clerk while finishing out his six-month active duty status. He then served in the Red Bull Division with headquarters in Corning until moving from the area.

Jerry then moved to the state of New York where he worked for Scotsman Ice Machines for several years before moving to Monroe, La. While in Monroe he entered the food business where he introduced Toto's, and there he coined the term, “JDF,”(Jumbo Drink & Fries), served with a hamburger. He went on to be a founding partner of Podnuhs Barbecue, which began in Monroe, La., and expanded to over 14 restaurants located in Monroe, Shreveport/Bossier and Baton Rouge, all in Louisiana.

Jerry loved life and fulfilled it through many travels and numerous trips to Corning to be with his mother when she still lived on Grove Avenue. Jerry spent winters at Fiesta Village in Mission, Texas, where he was with friends Dean and Diane Davis, Ray and Joan Mack, Bob and Pat Mack, Doug and Bev Sickler and others from the Corning and Adams County area.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill and nephew Tim Keever.  He is survived by daughters Krista Rhymes (husband Randy) and Ashley; grandson Harrison; companion Sarah Ball; niece Debra Keever and nephew Mike Keever (wife Kathy).

Memorials can be sent to Dianne Davis at 1000 Sunset Drive, Corning, Iowa 50841. The proceeds are going to the Corning Presbyterian Church and Corning Public Library. Memorial services were held in Shreveport and Monroe, La.


Donald James Lynam

Donald James Lynam died at The Village in Indianola on April 6, 2014. He was 92 years old. Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. at The Village in Indianola, Iowa.

Don was born March 31, 1922 on a farm near Corning, to Francis and Mamie (Parcher) Lynam. He attended school in Corning, Northwest Missouri State University Teachers College, Maryville, Mo., and graduated from Iowa State University in 1949 with a degree in civil engineering. He was a gunnery instructor and waist gunner for the Eighth Air Force, 493rd Bomb Group in World War II. His favorite missions were when they airlifted food to the Netherlands in May 1945 as part of Operation Chowhound. He married Carolyn Lucille Earhart from Clarinda in 1946. Don was both the youngest and the oldest County Engineers in Iowa when he was at Adair County in Greenfield. Between the two times in Greenfield he also worked for Western Contracting Corporation in Sioux City, and Saugus, Calif., Missouri Valley Construction in Missouri Valley, and was County Engineer for Pocahontas County at Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, brother Francis Paul Lynam of Atlantic and his parents.

He is survived by three children: Deborah Franke and husband John of Raleigh, N.C.; Don Lynam, Jr. of Hickory Creek, Texas; and Rebecah Roberts and husband Shane of Jameson, Mo. There are also six grandchildren: Krista Vanderburg of Odessa, Texas; Charity Sparks and husband Tim of Denison, Texas; Dorothy Prince and husband Chris of Cary, N.C.; Joann Cook and husband Mark of Raleigh, N.C.; Bryan Roberts of Trenton, Mo.; and Meghan Quist and husband Zack of Omaha, Neb. The great-grandchildren are Lily, Dorothy and Frances Vanderburg; Nicholas and Addison Sparks; Drake Brown; Zack Lusk; Orian Quist; Deven Prince; and Jacob Cook. Step-great-grandchildren are Amanda, Joshua, Lauren, Nicholas, and Paul Prince.

Memorials can be given to The Village Good Shepherd Fund, 1203 North E Street, Indianola, Iowa 50125. The Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of the professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at

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