Jackie Lee Carson was born in Knowlton, Iowa on December 23, 1942. He was the first of two sons born to Leo Frank and Dorothy Marie (Ruby) Carson. Jack attended country school at Knowlton and east of Diagonal before entering Diagonal Community School.
Jack had a strong work ethic and he started farming at age 14. On July 8, 1960, Jack married the love of his life and his best friend, Virginia (Ginny) Tridle. They always lived around Diagonal and loved the farm life. In addition to farming, Jack began a career as a crop adjuster in 1975. For the last several years, Jack has worked for ARMtech. He was known for his honesty and fairness for both the farmer and the company and many farmers personally requested him to adjust their crops.
Jack loved the Iowa State Fair. Beginning in 1960, Jack and Ginny missed only two fairs: 1964 when Patty was born and the fair of 2016. They camped in cars, pickups, and eventually campers. Jack’s passion was for collecting. He had an extensive collection of tractors with Farmall being his favorite. He collected cars, wrenches, and he had sheds full of bargains purchased from the 1,000+ auctions that he attended.
Jack will be forever remembered as an honest hard-working man who loved his family.
With the care of HCI Care Services nurses of Mount Ayr, Jack was able to fulfill his wish to go home, and be in his home, for the third and final auction of the summer on September 10.
Surrounded by his wife and daughters, Jack went home to be with his Lord on September 11, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Ronny Garner; nephew Kenny Carson; sister-in-law Ruth Kilgore; parents-in-law Bill and Linnabell Tridle; and a special friend, Larry Grace.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ginny Carson of Diagonal; four daughters Pam (Mitch Hargin) of Diagonal, Sandy (Bill) Armstrong of Mount Ayr, Patty (Jim) Newton of Diagonal, and Shelly (Travis) Troutwine of Grant City, MO; 10 grandchildren Jennifer Grace, Justin (Chelsey) Kuonen, Jacque (Bob) Sobotka, Jared (Chelsea) Armstrong, Josh Armstrong, Danielle Newton, Nolan (Stephanie) Newton, Tonya (Cody) Mullock, Travis Troutwine, Jr., Sidney Troutwine; 14 great grandchildren; one brother Frank (Sue) Carson of Diagonal, IA; brother-in-law William (Maxine) Tridle of Orient, IA; two sisters-in-law Carolyn Tridle of Kansas City, MO and Betty (Rick Cadwallader) Kohrt of Spokane, WA; nieces, nephews, and many good friends.
A memorial fund has been established to Knowlton Cemetery. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
Services were held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Diagonal in Diagonal, Iowa with Pastor Bill Armstrong officiating and Nancy Sackett, Jodie Wurster, Carol Anne McCreary and Barbie Belzer providing the music.
The casketbearers were Larry Drake, Vince Taylor, Derlin Beard, Charlie Fletcher, Claire Newton, Mike Stanley, Arden Routh and Jim George. Honorary pallbearers were Jennifer Grace,
Justin Kuonen, Jacque Sobotka, Jared Armstrong, Josh Armstrong, Danielle Newton, Nolan Newton, Tonya Mullock, Travis Troutwine, Jr. and Sidney Troutwine.
The final resting place is Knowlton [Centenary] Cemetery at Diagonal, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2016