Lora M. Utterback, 94, of Sigourney, died January 30, 2014 at the
Sigourney Care Center. She was born August 7, 1919 to William Henry
and Florence Hayes Wilkening South of Sigourney. She attended
Sigourney High School for 3 years and she received her High School
Equivalence Diploma in November 1982 at the age of 63. On June 3,
1939 she married Willard Elliott “Pood” Utterback in Sigourney.
Lora did housework for people while her husband was in Army. She
also worked for the Red Cross doing filing. She was a member of the
Methodist Church, taught High School Sunday School and sang in the
choir. Lora started a class called Young at Heart for those over 62
years old, which she prepared a meal once a month. She volunteered
at the Manor House for 25 years where she led group singing. Lora
was the manger of the Sigourney High School hot lunch program for
over 15 years. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, cooking,
raising flowers and working with her husband of 63 years in the
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Willard on November
13, 2006 one grandson Doug Hadley, one great-grandson Gabe
Hadley, four brothers Richard, Dale, Rex and Billy Wilkening, two
sisters Kate Goeldner and Alma Conner.
Survivors are daughters Barbara (Pat) Clarahan of Montrose, Sue (Carl)
Hadley of Packwood, Katie (Alan) Beach Magna, Utah , two sons
Willard “Poodie” (Chrissy) Utterback and Daniel (Gidget) Utterback
both of Sigourney, 15 grandchildren, 27 great- grandchildren, four
Funeral Service: Monday 10:00 A.M. February
3, 2014 United Methodist Church, Sigourney. Visitation: Sunday
4:00 – 6:00 P.M. at Holm Funeral Home
Burial: Pennington Cemetery near Sigourney.
Memorials may be made to Sigourney Care Center Activity Fund or
American Heart Assoc.