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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 29, 1989

OBITUARY ~ ORA L. FUGATE

Ora Laverne, son of James E. and Bell C. HALL FUGATE, was born August 28, 1906, in Ringgold County, Iowa, and passed away June 20, 1989, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 82 years and nine months.

He spent most of his life near Beaconsfield, Ellston and Kellerton. In 1930 he moved to Kellerton and worked for O. C. HULL of the Kellerton Oil Company until 1944 when he and his brother, Harry, became owners of the business. Five years later Ora purchased the business and, with his son, Dean, operated the business for several years.

On February 20, 1929, he was united in marriage to Nellie ARNOLD. To this union two children were born: Dean of Kellerton and Judy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was from a family of 12. His parents, seven sisters and four brother preceded him in death.

He gave his life to Christ on February 12, 1943 and was baptized in the Christian Church of Kellerton where he was a faithful member until his death.

He leaves to cherish his memory his widow, Nellie; two children, Dean and wife Rose, and Judy and husband Larry; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Neva HOFF of Kellerton; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

He took part in his community wherever he was needed. He served two terms on the Ringgold County Hospital board, school board, health board, council, and was mayor of Kellerton. He was a charter member of the Lions Club and Business Club.

"Memories of Grandpa"
I remember Grandpa at holidays a lot.
His presence with me will never be forgot.
Nothing special at all, just a drive to the lake,
or riding on horseback was all it would take.
He would smile at me and look so proud,
As the centennial parade would roll past the crowd.
Thinking back on how it used to be
[line clipped off] me.
Working at the station, he could be seen,
Pumping the gas and making windshields clean.
Sweep it every morning, the drive and the shop.
Lunch was at eleven, that's when he'd stop.
Saturday morning, let's head to Mount Ayr.
The bank would soon open and we would be there.
When Sunday came he'd sit in the pew,
Till communion was served, that was his cue.
Grandpa never knew a stanger, they say.
While he's lying peacefully, in his casket today.
His final trip wasn't painful, it seemed.
He told us all "It ws just like a Dream."
-- Love, Mike.

Funeral services were held Jun 22, 1989, fron the First Christian Church, Kellerton, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Merlin WILKINS. Music was proved by Mrs. Weldon MEADOWS and Mr. and Mrs. Richard JACKSON.

Casketbearers were Tom GILES, Gene REED, Bill FIFER, Marion STARK, Randy JOHNSON and Kenneth MICHAELS. Burial was in the Maple Row Cemetery at Kellerton, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2012

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