In Memory of Lois Oxendale

Lois Oxendale
Lois Oxendale
Born: September 28, 1935
Died: March 26, 2020
Age: 84
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Lois Oxendale
September 28, 1935 - March 26, 2020
From: Arthur, IA

Lois  Oxendale, age 84, of Arthur, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek, Iowa.

Due to state and federal mandated guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa, with Pastor Ken Miller officiating. A Public Memorial Service and Visitation may be held at a later date. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

    Born September 28, 1935, in Ida Grove, Iowa, Lois was the daughter of Elmer and Emma (Hansen) Kessler.  She attended country school and graduated from Odebolt High School in 1952.  On February 17, 1957, Lois was united in marriage to Roland Oxendale at the Odebolt United Methodist church.  

   A farming couple, Roland and Lois made their home north of Arthur until they purchased Wunschel's Grocery in 1968 when they moved to town.  They owned and operated Lois' Grocery for seven years.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, United Methodist Women and sang in the church choir.  Residents of the Odebolt Nursing Home enjoyed many years of "sing alongs" with Lois at the piano. A fuel bottler position with Byron Originals led to operating Ida Grove's Aviation Expo concession stand and many other "projects" for the Byron Godbersen family. Lois joined the Arthur City Council in January 2000 and went on to serve as Mayor from January 2002 through February 2008.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Julie of Arthur, IA; granddaughter Alexandra Johanna Russell of Utah and grandson William Roland Russell of Colorado; brothers-in-law Leonard "Stub" Carstensen of Odebolt, IA and Jim (Pat) Oxendale of Ida Grove, IA; her beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.   

     She was preceded in death by her husband Roland; her parents Elmer and Emma Kessler; sister Ferne Carstensen; in-laws Jim and Peg Oxendale; sister-in-law Shirley (Roy) Hemer; and brother-in-law John (Ila) Oxendale.

     In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Lois’ name to the EMT, fire department or the library of Arthur, Iowa.


Private Family Graveside


Pastor Ken Miller


“Mansion Over The Hilltop” by Elvis Presley

“Far Side Banks of Jordan”

by Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash



Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“I just want to say how sorry we are at Lois’s passing but we know she loved the Lord and is with Him now. She sang at our wedding in Odebolt almost 35 years ago. She helped Kathy when she first started out as choir director at the Methodist church. She became a “mom” and mentor to her. We are sure she is singing with the angels now.”
- Kathy and Gerald Bauer
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:30 AM
“Julie, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special lady and was so active in the church and in the Methodist Women. She was a special lady and will be missed by so many! Prayers are with you.”
- Bob and Karel Mollhoff
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:30 AM
“Ryan and I enjoyed every moment of working with this wonderful lady. It was a joy to travel and dine with such a delightful, funny, & loving person. I will always treasure the memories!”
- Ronnie Ladwig
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:36 AM
“Such a special lady and great neighbor growing up! Hugs to you, Julie!”
- Chelsea Gross
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:16 PM
“Dear Julie, I have many happy memories of your mother! Sorry to hear of her death! My sincere sympathy to you! My love and hugs! Joan”
- Joan Petersen
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:16 PM
“Remembering her hearty laugh and when we were across-the-road neighbors so many years ago. Sincere sympathies. from me, Mom, and my sisters (Merle's Girls).”
- Darla Siebrecht
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:16 PM
“May light perpetual shine upon her. She was a friend to the Neals and to many others. ”
- Patricia Neal Jensen
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:16 PM
“So sorry for your loss Julie
- LaJune Godbersen
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:16 PM
“Julie, Our sympathy to you and your family. We have wonderful memories of your Mom. God has gained a beautiful choir member. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Keith and Deb Fineran”
- Keith and Deb Fineran
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:16 PM
“My heartfelt condolences to you, Julie and family.”
- Mary Neumann
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:16 PM
“Sorry to hear about Lois prayers and thoughts. ”
- Cheryl Klein
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:31 AM
“So very sorry for your loss”
- Marilyn dose
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:31 AM
“Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. I have good memories of your Mom, she always seemed happy and she had a good laugh. I am praying for you in your time of loss. Gloria”
- Gloria Sykes
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:31 AM
“I will always cherish my times with Lois.
Love her so and will miss her dearly.
xoxo love to all of her family at this hard time.”
- Deb Droegmiller
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:31 AM
“Julie--So sorry to hear of Lois's passing. We have many fond memories of working with Lois on community projects. Arthur meant the world to her, and she gave so much to this community. Hugs as you try to deal with her loss in such unsettling times. ”
- Randy and Pippa Fineran
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