November 8, 2012


NOV. 23, 1923 — NOV. 5, 2012

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — (Opal) Jean Ferree, 88, of Oskaloosa, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. 

She was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Mahaska County, the daughter of William Judson and Susan Abby Watters Gladwin. She attended Oskaloosa High School. On Nov. 27, 1943, Jean was united in marriage to Harold Lloyd Ferree, and he died on Nov. 26, 1970. Jean  worked at the old Lynn’s Hatchery and the old Continental Overall Factory in Oskaloosa, and lastly at Pella Corporation and retired in 1986. She was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Early in life Jean enjoyed bowling and playing softball, and also enjoyed fishing, playing cards and bingo. She was a fan of the Atlanta Braves and caught every game she could on television.

Jean’s family includes her four children, Ronnie (and Cheryl) Ferree, Danny (and Marsha) Ferree, Marilyn Stout, and Charles (and Jackie) Ferree, all of Oskaloosa; eight grandchildren, Tami (and Wayne) Wickenkamp, Chris (and Rachell) Shadduck, Rhonda (and Bill) Rush, Sheri (and Bobby) Cowin, Gina (and Stan) Vittetoe, Joli Stout, Chad (and Cassie) Ferree and Colton (and Courtney) Ferree; 22 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Samer, of Oshkosh, Wis.

Besides her husband, Jean was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Ed, Earl, Wilbur and Floyd Gladwin; and four sisters, Pearl Turner, Ida Bequeath, Jesse Gladwin and Hazel Gladwin.

Graveside funeral services and burial will be held Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Highland Cemetery in Eddyville with the Rev. John Allard officiating. A procession will form at Bates Funeral Chapel at 9:20 a.m. for those wishing to go to the cemetery. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  Visitation will begin Thursday after 10 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be present at the funeral chapel Thursday from 5-7 p.m. to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to Iowa Hospice.

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