In Memory of Ila M. Oxendale

Ila M. Oxendale
Ila M. Oxendale
Born: January 7, 1936
Died: November 1, 2017
Age: 81
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Ila M. Oxendale
January 7, 1936 - November 1, 2017
From: Arthur, IA

Ila M. Oxendale, age 81, of Arthur, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Faith Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa.  The Rev. Trish Underberg will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a prayer service will be held at the conclusion of the visitation Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Faith Lutheran Church of Odebolt.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Ila Oxendale was born on January 7, 1936, at the McVay Hospital in Lake City, IA, Calhoun County, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Voss) Frank. Ila was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Lake View, IA.  She grew up on a farm southeast of Lake View and attended Viola #1 country school thru the 8th grade.  Ila graduated Valedictorian of her class of 1954 from Lake View High School.

            Ila was united into marriage to John Oxendale on September 16, 1960, in Omaha, NE.  The couple made their family home on a farm near Arthur, IA and the couple were blessed with four children: Terry, Lori, Linda, and David.

            Ila worked for various businesses throughout her life. She worked at the Welfare Office, the bank, a car dealership, and the United States Post Office. Ila volunteered teaching adults to read and was also a substitute teacher for the country school program in Wall Lake, Lake View, and Odebolt. She helped with the elderly peer program, Road to Recovery cancer program as a driver, and at the nursing home.

            Ila found grace in the Lord. She volunteered her time as a Sunday school teacher for over 20 plus years, served on the church council, and helped with the music program. She enjoyed: painting, baking, country music, crossword puzzles, trivia, sewing, and sports events. Although she enjoyed these things, her true joy in life was her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all.

            Left to cherish her memories are her children: Terry (Ruth) Oxendale of Arthur, Iowa, Lori (Jim) Bouza of Wagner, South Dakota, Linda (Marc) Barry of Glasgow, Scotland, David (Melissa) Oxendale of Arthur, Iowa; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister Velma Auen of Albert City, Iowa; sisters-in-law: Norma Frank of Des Moines, Iowa, Shirley Hemer of Arthur, Iowa, Lois Oxendale of Ida Grove, Iowa; brother-in-law James “Jim” (Pat) Oxendale of Ida Grove, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

            Ila was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Margaret Frank; husband John Edwin Oxendale; in-laws Joseph James and Margaret "Peg" Oxendale; twin daughters in infancy; one grandson and one granddaughter in infancy; brother Ernest “Charlie” Frank, and brothers-in-law Arthur Auen, Roland Oxendale, and Roy Hemer.



10:30 a.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Faith Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. Trish Underberg


Honorary Pallbearers
April Oxendale
Patrick Oxendale
Justin Bouza
Jon Bouza
Jade Bouza
Josi Bouza
Abigail Barry
Charlotte Barry
Kaylee Oxendale
Billie Oxendale


3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Faith Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa

Family Present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Service following the visitation.


Margaret Ann Buller, Organist
Jim Mickelson, Vocalist

Congregational Hymns
"My Soul Will Rest"
"How Great Thou Art"

Vocal Selection

Recorded Selection

"Amazing Grace" by Elvis Presley


At A Later Date


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:40 PM
“It was always a joy to see Ila at the high school sports events. Such a tribute to stay involved with the activities of the youth in our communities. My sincere sympathy to the family.”
- Ann Holst
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM
“I have many good memories of Ila, but the most recent ones were of how good she was to my mother, Margie Lippincott. She kept an eye out for mom, knowing when her lights were on/off, took her food, wrote her notes when she was hospialtized,and gave me support when I was there before mom passed away. Know that you will all miss her warm ways and happy disposition. My condolences to all of you! May she rest in peace.”
- Jean Boerner
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:10 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Oxendale family. ”
- Karen (Bloom) & Marty Morrow
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10:21 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Oxendale family. Arthur was a special place because of the special people such as Ila, and she will forever be part of that which is Arthur, Iowa. We sincerely hope as you grieve you can also celebrate her life and the memories she left.”
- Nate & Pam Kitterman
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 9:14 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers surround you at this time of loss in your lives.”
- Gene and Lois Asa
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:18 AM

To Ila's family:
So sorry to hear of Ila's death. I just visited with her at the Widow's dinner last month. She was so faithful going to the volleyball and basketball games, a devoted 'fan'. She will be missed! Such a shock for the family, but a Blessed way for her to go to Heaven. You have my sincere sympathy. God Bless. Joan K. Petersen

- Joan K. Petersen
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:18 AM
“The Oxendales were our first neighbors in Arthur and Ila and family were family friends from that point on. Since Linda and I were the same age and grade in school, I saw Ila at all the school functions and later when I moved back to help raise my niece, I would see her at every school program and game. She was one of our community's finest supporters! God bless you all for sharing your mom with us! ”
- Rose Kirkpatrick
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:18 AM
“Our prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time. May the memories you have help ease the sorrow that you are feeling. God Bless”
- Jim and Peggy Eggers
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:18 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Oxendale family. Was so nice to meet your mother and visit with her at your July 4th party. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!!!”
- Sandy Lampman and family
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:43 AM
“Ila was my high school classmate. We had so much fun together and I know she'll be missed by many. My husband, Jim, and I know how much her children and families meant to her. We'd often see her at sporting events which she loved.”
- Lois Manuel Long
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:37 AM
“Ila was such a vital part of Faith Lutheran Church over the years in her attendance for many functions, her involvement in choir, reading the lessons, and just being a caring member. I will miss waiting for her to find her music during choir practice. Her filing system in her music bag was rather interesting. God bless the family, we will all miss her.”
- Jim Mickelson
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 3:33 PM
“My sympathy to all the family. I will truly miss Ila at a lot of fun places. You should all be proud of such a wonderful person that she was. May memories help you through this sad time. Hugs . May she RIP. Shirley Ruser”
- Shirley Ruser
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 2:04 PM
“What a Great Lady we lost in Ila, there wasn't anything she wouldn't do to help someone. She was one of the main people to keep the Raine Reunion going for years. We extend our condolences to Ila's family and are very sorry that we wouldn't be there in person for her commitment to God.

Mary Jane & Don Oxendale ”
- Donald& Mary Oxendale
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 2:04 PM
“With deepest sympathy...thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Mary Koupal & Family
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:55 AM
“Thoughts & prayers go out to Ila's family. She was a wonderful lady. May God wrap his arms around you all through this time.”
- Matt and Chris Wunschel
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:55 AM
“Ila had the biggest heart and a beautiful smile! She will be truly missed. Our prayers go out to the Oxendale family.”
- Aaron & Lori Siebrecht
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:55 AM
“A wonderful woman and amazing friend. I will remember all the wonderful times I shared with her and the Oxendale family always. God Bless”
- Pam Woebke
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:54 AM
“Sorry for your loss,you are in our prayers. She was so much fun to be around.
- Sandy Lichter
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 3:56 PM
“Ila was one of a kind! Great lady with a huge heart! She will be missed by many :) Keep the memories close. Sending hugs and prayers to the Oxendale family!!”
- Wylene Wessel
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