The following obituaries are from newspaper clippings that were collected by Vernon Capps, the husband of my 1st cousin twice removed Gertrude Elloise Geyer. I have photocopies of the obituaries. The Oldakers are related to me by marriage. Burl Oldaker was married to Hazel (McGimpsey) Bone and his brother Charles Henry Oldaker was married to Hazel's sister Mary Jane McGimpsey. Hazel and Mary Jane's sister Grace (McGimpsey) Geyer was my great grandmother.
-- Vada Oldaker --
Vada Oldaker, 83, of Sigourney, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1993, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
She was born June 12, 1909 near Deep River to Henry and Lela Butcher Wadsworth.
She attended School in Deep River.
She married William LeRoy Oldaker June 5, 1926 in Thornburg.
She lived in Deep River, and moved to Sigourney in 1966. She was a member of the Sigourney Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by one son, Ronald of Marion; two daughters, Mildred Dobbins of Des Moines and Wilma Boatman of Ankeny; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; a brother, Marvin Wadsworth of Des Moines; and a sister, Zelma Treanor of Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy February 14, 1993; two sons, Donald and LeRoy; four brothers, Everett, Kenneth, Raymond and Melvin; and a sister, Ada Fish.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at the Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney, with Rev. Kate Morgan officiating.
Burial was at the Sixteen Cemetery near Thornburg.
Donna M. “Toddy” Oldaker, 71, of 130 S. Adella died at 3:24 p.m., Aug. 28, 1988, at University Hospitals in Iowa City.
She was born April 9, 1917, in Ottumwa to Bert R. and Marguerite May Bray Mace. She married Burl Oldaker July 3, 1968.
She is survived by her husband; four daughters, Shirley Chory of Baltimore, Md., Dixie McConnell and Vicki McConnell of Cedar Rapids, and Bonnie McNeal of Ottumwa; two sons, Jerry Phillips of Jacksonville, Fla., and Steve Phillips of Ottumwa; a stepson, Vernon Oldaker of Wickenburg, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty McDavitt of Ottumwa.
The service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home, the Rev. George King of Evangelistic Foursquare Church officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pallbearers will be Dwight, Ervin and Kevin McConnell, Bill and Cliff McNeal, and Guy Ruzicka.
[Handwritten at top of clipping: "BORN 1865 = 6-24-1937"]
William Oldaker, 71, died at his home early yesterday morning as the result of a stroke.
Burl Oldaker, 94, of 130 S. Adella died at 4:55 p.m. Oct. 31, 1988, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
He was born July 29, 1894, near North English to William George and Annie B. McArtor Oldaker. He had been a resident of Keswick, Wellman and Batavia before moving to Ottumwa in 1968. He was a member of Kilwinning Masonic Lodge 198 in Batavia and had been the mayor of Batavia. He had owned and operated a coal mine in Selma and had been a postal carrier and was a retired railroad employee. He also had been a security guard for Philco Ford in Fairfield. He married Winnie Carmichael in 1914; she died in 1919. He married Hazel Bone; she died in 1951. He then married Donna Phillips July 3, 1968; she died Aug. 28, 1988.
He is survived by a son Vernon H. of Wickenburg, Ariz.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four stepdaughters, Shirley Chory of Baltimore, Md., Dixie McConnell and Vicki McConnell of Cedar Rapids, Bonnie McNeal of Ottumwa; two stepsons, Jerry Phillips of Jacksonville, Fla. and Steve Phillips of Ottumwa; 14 step-grandchildren, eight stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters, Alma Axmear and LaVanda Bonnator of Keswick, and Edna Hartman of Ottumwa; and a brother, William LeRoy of Sigourney. He was preceded in death by a son, Starlin, who died in 1941.
The body has been cremated. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Shaul Cemetery, the Rev. George King of the Evangelistic Foursquare Church officiating.
A memorial has been established.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles William Oldaker, 82, passed away April 25. He had been living with his son in Callahan, Fla. He was born near Thornburg to Charles Henry and Mary McGimpsey Oldaker.
His formative years were spent in Keswick, Thornburg and Delta. After graduating from Delta High School in 1940 he enlisted in the Army and served in the Army Air Corps. He was most proud of graduating from the Air Corps Pilot School in June 1945 and for serving in the U.S. Air Force. He achieved the rank of Captain with a total of 22 1/2 years service. Later he worked for the Federal Aviation Agency as an air traffic controller before retiring with 20 1/2 years of service.
He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Rose whom he married in August 1951 in Arlington, Va. who passed away in October 1978.
Survivors include two sons Charles O. of Ulysses, Kan. And William S. and wife Kathy, three sisters Florence Pakis of Burgess, Va., Kathleen Rhody of Phoenix, Ariz., and Winnifred Carrigan of Burgess, Va.; two grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was a member of the Christian First Assembly of God Church in Callahan, Fla. He was cremated and his ashes were joined with those of his wife.
[Handwritten at top of clipping: "JUNE 1980"; appeared in the What Cheer Patriot Chronicle]
Charles Henry Oldaker
Charles Henry Oldaker, 82, of Park View Manor, Wellman, died Wednesday, May 24. He was formerly of Oskaloosa.
He was born March 23, 1898 at Wellman, the son of William George and Annie Bell McArtor Oldaker.
He attended Keswick High School. He was a member of Eagles Lodge in Oskaloosa and was employed by Pella Rolscreen until he retired. The last 14 years he had resided at Park View Manor at Wellman.
He married Mary Jane McGimpsey October 20, 1918 at the Methodist Parsonage in Keswick. She preceded him in death June 23, 1963.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Nicholas (Florence I.) Pakis of Silver Springs, Md., Mrs. Francis (Kathleen) Rhody of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Neil (Winnifred) Carrigan of Bowie, Md.; a son, Charles W. Oldaker of Pierre, S.D.; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Axmear and Mr. LaVanda Bonnater, both of Keswick and Mrs. Edna Hartman of Ottumwa; and three brothers, Burl of Ottumwa, Roy of Sigourney and Lloyd of Oskaloosa.
Preceding him in death besides his parents and wife were two brothers, Warren and Loren and two sisters, Lottie Oldaker and Edith Just.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m., at Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney with Rev. Warren James of the What Cheer Baptist Church officiating.
Music was by Mrs. Harry Landers, organist.
Bearers of the casket were Donald Oldaker, Ronald Oldaker, Rayford Oldaker, Raymond Axmear, Dale Axmear and Jim Moore.
Burial was at Sixteen Cemetery.
[Handwritten at top of clipping: "OLDAKER 1993"]
Gerald Duane Bonnater, 59, died Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.
He was born September 10, 1934 on a farm near Webster, the son of Roy Charles and LaVonda M. Oldaker Bonnater.
The family moved to a farm near Keswick. In 1985 they moved into Keswick where they lived until May of 1991 when Jerry and his mother moved to Ankeny. They were residents of Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny.
Jerry suffered from Downs Syndrome.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Albert (Gladys) Taghon of Keswick and Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Goldman of Ankeny; eight nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 at Powell Funeral Home in North English with Pastor Don Ridenour officiating.
Music was by organist, Marlene Clubb and soloist Lois Axmear.
Bearers of the casket were Michael Goldman, William Schumacher, Allan Taghon, Dan Taghon, LaVerne Fry and William Augustine.
Burial was in Sixteen Cemetery near Thornburg.
Roy Oldaker, 91, of Sigourney died Sunday, Feb. 14, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
He was born March 2, 1901, near North English to William George and Annabelle McCarter Oldaker.
He married Vada Wodsworth June 5, 1926, in Thornburg.
He attended School at Keswick. He worked as a farmer, at What Cheer Pottery Co., for Deep River Schools, Amana Refrigeration and at Memorial Hall in Sigourney until retiring in 1981. He came to Sigourney in 1966 and was a member of the Sigourney Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Ronald of Marion; two daughters, Mildred Dobbins of Des Moines and Wilma Botman of Ankeny; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alma Axmear of Keswick and Edna Heartman of Ottumwa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Donald and William; five brothers, Warren, Loren, Burl, Charley and Lloyd; and three sisters, Edith Just, Lottie Oldaker and Lavinella Bonnater.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney with Rev. Kate Morgan officiating.
Burial was in Sixteen Cemetery near What Cheer.
-------------------------------------And to finish it out, two more from the Newspaper Collection at Ancestry.com:
Mrs. Anna Oldaker Dies at What Cheer
Wellman--Mrs. Anna Oldaker, 80, died at her home in What Cheer Friday.
She was the daughter of Charles and Marie McArtor and was born in Iowa City. She was married to William G. Oldaker October 7, 1890. He preceded her in death in 1937.
Eleven children were born to them, nine of whom are living, Loren of Olds, Burl of Batavia, Alma A. Mead of Keswick, Charles of Oskaloosa, Lavanda Bonnater of Keswick, Roy of Deep River, Edna Castle of Ottumwa, Edith of What Cheer and Lloyd of Oskaloosa, also two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hall and Mrs. Minnie Lamercox of Wellman, and one brother Burl of North English.
Source: "Mrs. Anna Oldaker Dies at What Cheer," Iowa City Press Citizen 29 Nov 1948, page 7; available from Ancestry.com, full edition, subscription database, <http://www.ancestry.com/>, accessed 19 Feb 2007.
6 NAVY FLYERS CRASH VICTIMSPENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Two navy plane crashes, one in a rain and windstorm, took the lives of six aviators, including one Iowan, from the air station here Wednesday.
Die In Two Accidents; Iowan Killed In One Crash
Four flyers were killed at Bay Springs, Miss., when a 14-passenger, navel transport plane crashed while returning here from a routine flight to the Kansas City, Mo, naval reserve aviation base. More than 200 persons saw the big plane, buffeted by high winds, emerge from a heavy cloud and plunge to earth.
Among the victims the navy listed Aviation Machinist Mate Starlin R. Oldaker, 25, son of Burl Oldaker of Eldon, Iowa.
The other plane crashed on Santa Rosa peninsula near here.
Source: "6 Navy Flyers Crash Victims," Iowa City Press Citizen 25 Sept 1941, page 9; available from Ancestry.com, full edition, subscription database, <http://www.ancestry.com/>, accessed 19 Feb 2007.