Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Crummy Funeral Home, Reynolds, for L.B. Halstead, age 85, of La Plata, Mo., who passed away January 24 at his home after several years of ill health. The Rev. George Fry, pastor of the Hamlet Presbyterian church, officiated and burial was in the Reynolds village cemetery. Pallbearers were Blaine Kendall, Vernon Sipes, John Dunn, Robert Kelly, Elden Lingafelter and Norman MacDonald. Born Feb. 15, 1874, south of Reynolds, he was a son of Cass and Elinor Neely Halstead. He received his education in area schools and attended a Davenport business school. On Feb. 27, 1906, he was married at his farm home south of Reynolds to Ida Kendall. After their marriage they resided in the area for three years, moving to West Liberty, Iowa, in 1910. Mr. Halstead resided there until about fours years ago when he moved to La Plata. In his active years around West Liberty Mr. Halstead was a vigorous promotor of his community and especially interested in boosting the West Liberty fair. Every summer about a month before fair time Ben would be over in Reynolds to leave premium books and distribute posters advertising the West Liberty fair. He was a good citizen and a backer of worthwhile projects. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, Masonic Lodge and the Rotary club at West Liberty. Mr. Halstead is survived by three brothers, Riley and Prentice of La Plata and Lloyd, Muscatine; two sisters, Mrs. Ivan Boyles, Joy, and Miss Mary Halstead, Great Falls, Mont. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers.
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