Share |

Jean Schmer

mugshot

Jean Freeman Schmer, 71, formerly of Iola, passed away unexpectedly at her residence in Yankton, S.D. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
Jean was born in Conway Springs, on Dec. 5, 1942, to Samuel and Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Bechtel. Jean graduated from Conway Springs High School and went on to nursing school at Wichita State University and graduated from Newman School of Nursing in Emporia. She began her 40-year nursing career at Allen County Hospital in Iola.
In 1961, Jean married Larry Freeman from Conway Springs. The marriage was blessed with two daughters, Kim and Lanette. Both of the daughters graduated from Iola High School before pursuing careers in communications (Lanette) and nursing (Kim). Kim continued on to obtain her nurse practitioner degree and Lanette obtained her master’s degree in sports administration. During Jean’s nursing career, she also owned her own business “Flower Village,” worked with Dr. Vernon Lee as a patient educator and worked at the Allen County Bank and Trust.
In 1989, Jean began working at the North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Mo. She met and married David Schmer on May 5, 1990, in Greenwood County. Her brother (Roger Bechtel) and sister-in-law (Ericka) stood in attendance during the ceremony. In June 1990, Jean and David relocated to Lincoln, Neb., where they raised David’s youngest daughter, Katie. Jean worked in St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Lincoln Surgery Center and the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialty group as a surgical nurse and nursing supervisor before her retirement in 2004. She was an active member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. After retirement, Jean and David relocated to Yuma, Colo., before settling in Yankton, S.D.
Jean is survived by her husband, David, Yankton; daughter Kim Bodemann (Don), Hot Springs, Ark., and their children, Claire, Marcus and Isaac; daughter Lanette Stineman (Todd), Hot Springs, Ark., and their children, Brett and Molly; step-son Christian Hanson (Yulia), Riverside, Ill., and their children, Viktoria and Kira; step-daughter Sara Koehler (Tim); son, Taylor Trumbo; step-daughter Katie Anderson and her children, Alex Schmer, Ehren Anderson and Lena Anderson; sister Georgia Peterson (Denny), Milliken, Colo.; brother Roger Bechtel (Ericka), Eureka; mother-in-law, Helen Schmer, Scottsbluff, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her parents Sammie L. and Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Bechtel.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Memorials are suggested to Special Olympics Arkansas, 2114 Main St., North Little Rock, AR 72115 or Special Olympics South Dakota, 800 E. I-90 Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
To sign the guest book online go to www.iolafuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

Ruby Owens

thumb

Ruby Lavohn (Jarred) Owens, 93, Iola, formerly of rural Humboldt, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Greystone Residential Care in Iola.Ruby was born Oct. 13, 1921, on a farm north of Altoona, the daughter of Roy and Nina (Lawson) Jarred. She grew up on the family farm and... [More]

Norman Beck

thumb

Norman Beck, brother of Vickey Mai Beck, LaHarpe, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.Funeral services will be held in Des Moines on Saturday.

Evelyn Harris

thumb

Margaret Evelyn Harris, 90, Kincaid, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Allen County Hospital in Iola.She was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Iola, the daughter of William H. and Mary Ann (Boone) Trine. Evelyn was proud to be a granddaughter of Daniel and Nathan Boone. Evelyn... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Remodel nearly complete for local car wash

thumb

Aside from the brick walls and wooden rafters, not much of the old remains in place at Iola Auto Wash.“Everything else is pretty much A-to-Z brand new,” said Kyle Owens, who acquired the former Iola Auto Spa at 815 N. State St. with his wife, Maggie, and parents,... [More]

Soil cleanup to resume

thumb

Iolans began receiving notices Monday from the Environmental Protection Agency, detailing the agency’s plans to remove lead-contaminated soil from 350 or so properties later this month.In the letter sent out Friday, yards with more than 800 parts-per-million (ppm) of lead-soil... [More]

Rides to recall ‘Big Train’

thumb

HUMBOLDT — Casey Jones, the renowned train engineer of the 19th century, would be right at home in Humboldt a few weeks hence.On Oct. 10 a prominent sideshow of a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit will be roundtrip train rides between Humboldt and Chanute.The Walter Johnson... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Allen Red Devils run strong in season opener

thumb

The Allen Community College cross country squad began its season Friday at the King’s Sandwich Classic with promising results.The Red Devils women, who kicked off the event by winning the 4k race as a team, were paced by Kaitlyn Shoemaker. The freshman from Easton won first... [More]

ACC soccer hits the road

thumb

The Allen Community College women’s soccer team continued its undefeated start to the year when it defeated No. 14 St. Charles Community College 1-0 in overtime in Cottleville, Mo., on Friday.In a golden goal scenario, Hailey Melin sent the Red Devils home as winners by... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription