Marilyn M. Clinkenbeard

UPDATE: There will be a Memorial service for Marilyn at the Logan Christian Church.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 am on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Logan Christian Church in Logan, Iowa.  Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Logan Christian Church in Logan, Iowa.  After the service there will be a luncheon at the church for family and friends.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Magnolia Cemetery in Magnolia, Iowa.

Marilyn Mae Clinkenbeard, 85 of Logan, Iowa passed away December 24, 2020 at Westmont Care Center. Marilyn was born to Lawrence and Edith (Godden) Pitt August 13, 1935. She graduated from Logan High School in May 1953 and married Kenneth Dale Clinkenbeard June 1953 in the Logan Christian Church. Kenneth was enlisted in the Air Force, stationed in Texas. After their wedding, Marilyn joined Kenneth in Texas, where their first child was born. Kenneth was then sent to Germany, Marilyn was able to join him there. They lived in Germany for approximately a year, where their second child was born. After Ken’s military service was over, they settled in Harrison County eventually buying their farm northwest of Magnolia. Here is where they raised their six children. Marilyn worked hard while raising her family, tending a large garden, canning all summer, helped with livestock chores, hoed beans, worked in the orchards, ran kids back and forth to swim lessons, 4-H activities, youth group and school activities. It was not until the children got a little older, did she find employment outside the home. Through the years she worked at several restaurants in Logan and Missouri valley. Casey’s General Store in Logan and lastly Harvey’s Grocery Store in Logan. Marilyn enjoyed reading, crocheting, crossword puzzles, dancing, and most of all playing cards. She was a serious card player, not ever a sore loser, but she really wanted to win! She was always ready for a game of a cards no matter where she was. She always carried a deck in her purse. Ken and Marilyn would join family and friends regularly at the Airplane Inn in Honey Creek and the Eagles Club in Missouri Valley for card games.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Jessica Methvin, Jason Meyer, Brian Clinkenbeard; sister-in-laws, Evelyn Pitt and Norma Pitt; brother, Marion Pitt, brother-in-law Larry Martin; and her parents, Lawrence and Edith Pitt.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Patricia (Wayne) Ellison, Cheryl (Jeff) Meyer, Peggy (Sean) Custer, James (Evonne) Clinkenbeard, Richard (Cheryl) Clinkenbeard, Jill (Michael) Hansen, Nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, siblings, N.E. “Gene” (Evelyn) Pitt, Gloria (Larry-D) Martin, Karen (Bob) Lenninger, Jan (Bill) Spencer, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to the family.



  • Mary Mathews Posted December 24, 2020 11:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Marilyn had a way of making you smile, she was a blessing and will be missed.

  • Donna L Clinkenbeard Posted December 25, 2020 9:18 pm


  • Doreen A Epperly Posted December 27, 2020 12:02 pm

    Sorry to hear about Marilyn, She is no longer suffering from the things she had. My thoughts & prayers are for you, Jim & Evonne, Rae, Bryce & for the rest of your sister’s (Patty & Wayne & family, Cheryl & Jeff & family, Peggy & Sean, Jill & Mike, & brother, Rick & Cheryl & family.)
    From Evonne’s sister, Doreen.

  • James Clinkenbeard Posted December 28, 2020 9:27 am

    Missing you so much already. Wishing I could hug and kiss you right now. Thank you for all you did for us. You were a great and wonderful mother. Love you always, Jim

  • Bill & Jan Spencer Posted December 28, 2020 11:17 am

    Marilyn, Gone but never forgotten. Always in our hearts. So many precious memories! You always made us laugh! You were a great sister. We love you and will miss you.! Jan & Bill

  • Dan & Gloria Martin Posted December 28, 2020 11:46 am

    We wish we could have seen you more often, as the last time was 2013. Mom loves and misses you, and wishes she could have been with her sister more over the years. I love you Aunt Marilyn. Sending Our Love and Prayers to Patty, Cheryl, Peggy, Jim, Rick and Jill. We love and miss you all. Dan & Gloria Martin (Glendale, AZ)

  • Rev. Dennis Maaske Posted December 28, 2020 5:00 pm

    Marilyn was in eighth grade at Linnwood School when I transferred there in first grade in April. 1949, There were a passel of Pitts enrolled. So long ago–almost a whole lifetime–cherished memories worth remembering and holding on to. Lord, the generations rise and fall before You, comfort all who mourn, and bless and keep us all in Your abiding care.

  • Brenda Black Posted December 29, 2020 5:42 pm

    When I think of Aunt Marilyn, I think of her smile, laugh and hugs. She always seemed happy. She will be missed. Sending love and prayers to/for the family.

  • Gloria A. Martin Posted December 29, 2020 9:10 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Marilyn’s death. I am missing her already. I have many memories of our childhood years together; and other. My condolences and hugs go out to her family. Her sister, Gloria

  • Patty Niedermyer Posted December 31, 2020 1:53 pm

    So Very Very Sorry 😐.
    To Hear Marilyn’s Passing.
    What A Very Very Sweet Lady.
    Marilyn Watched Our Twins When They Were Very Very Young.
    Sincere Condolences To All The Family.
    Prayers Prayers Prayers To All The Family.
    Marilyn Was A Beautiful Lady.

    Patty & Tom Niedermyer.
    Magnolia. Iowa.

  • Leia Johnsen Posted January 1, 2021 9:06 pm

    Dear families
    Love and prayers for your beautiful mother.
    She was a lovely lady proud of her family

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