OBITUARY - JOHN HOWARD DENHART
John Howard DENHART was born November 10, 1915 to Howard and Paroda (NEWTON) DENHART on the family farm North of Mount
Ayr. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1934. On August 30, 1936, he was united in
marriage to Vada Olive SHAFER. To this union was born a son, John Carlton, who died in infancy, and a daughter,
Sybil Ann. John was a devoted husband and father. He cared for his wife in her failing health for 25 years before
they entered the Clearview Home in August of 2000. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary just prior to
Vada’s death on Sept. 11, 2002. He thoroughly enjoyed his daughter and his two grandsons, Kurtis and Karlin KELLEY
and his two great grandchildren Kyle and Natasha KELLEY.
John worked as a farm hand for a period of time until he started working for his father-in-law, Day SHAFER, running
SHAFER’s Service Station. He owned and operated that service station for 40 years until he retired in 1981. Many
folks remember with fondness getting a “Dum-Dum” sucker as a child from him at the station.
John was a 50 year member of the United Methodist Church and Faith Lodge #179 in Mount Ayr. He was a past Worshipful
Master of Faith Lodge #179 and District Lecturer #1584 for the Grand Lodge of Iowa. He was also a charter member of
the Mount Ayr Lions Club.
Throughout his life he loved and participated in sports and watched the Iowa Hawkeyes faithfully. Dancing, playing
cards, fishing and hunting mushrooms were favorite things to do too. He was an avid gardener and took garden products
to everyone and was such a kind and caring neighbor and friend.
John passed away at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr on February 28, 2007 at the age of 91 years.
He is survived by his daughter Sybil KELLEY of Mount Ayr; grandsons, Kurtis KELLEY and friend Diane WILKINSON of
Chelsea, Iowa, Karlin KELLEY & wife Shelley of Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska; great-grandchildren Kyle and Natasha KELLEY; a
sister Dorothy M. ALLPRESS of Redding, California; 4 nieces and 4 nephews; several great nieces and nephews; cousins;
friends and his faithful and caring nurses and aides for the last 7 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; infant son; two sisters, Ninabel STUCK [of Grand River] and Mary L. HATTON;
brothers-in-law Burnison (S. B.) STUCK [of Grand River IA], William L. ALLPRESS, John P. HATTON; and a nephew Charles STUCK [of Grand River IA].
Services were held on Saturday, March 3, 2007, at 10:30 a.m., Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Friday, March 2, 2007
OBITUARY - JOHN DENHART
John DENHART, 91, of Mount Ayr died February 28, 2007, at the Clearview Homes in Mount Ayr.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr.
The Rev. Edward SHIELDS will officiate the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr. Open visitation will
be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established
in his name. Online condolences may be left at: www.watsonarmstrongfh.com
John DENHART, son of Paroda (NEWTON) and Howard DENHART, was born November 10, 1915, at home north of Mount Ayr. He
graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1934. On August 30, 1936, John married Vada SHAFER in Mount Ayr. He owned and
operated Shafer's Service Station in Mount Ayr and farmed. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Faith Lodge No.
179 for more than 50 years and past worshipful master of Faith Lodge, all of Mount Ayr. He was also a district lecturer of
Grand Lodge of Iowa.
Survivors include his daughter Sybil Ann KELLEY of Mount Ayr; sister Dorothy M. ALLPRESS of Redding, Calif.; two grandsons,
Kurtis KELLEY (Diane WILKINSON) of Chelsea and Karlin (wife Shelley) KELLEY of Fort Calhoun, Neb.; and two
great-grandchildren, Kyle and Natasha KELLEY.
John was preceded in death by his parents; wife September 11, 2002; infant son John Carlson KELLEY; two sisters, Ninabel
STUCK and Mary L. HATTON; and three brothers-in-law, Burnison STUCK, Jack HATTON and Bill ALLPRESS.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker