Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
June 30, 1960
OBITUARY ~ CLYDE LESAN
Clyde LESAN, the eldest of seven children of Burritt N. and Mary McCLAREN LESAN, was born in Ringgold county on June 17,
1886, and passed away on June 20, 1960, three days after his seventy-fourth birthday anniversary.
Mr. LESAN spent all of his
life in Ringgold county, except for a few years when, as a boy, he and his family lived in Creston.
He was married to
Jessie M. FULLERTON on August 23, 1912, and to this union was born one daughter, Regina Sue (Mrs. Eldon JACKSON), who
lives in Pasadena, Calif.
Mr. LESAN was one of Mount Ayr's oldest and most respected businessmen. His long and
successful career began on March 1, 1910, when he and N. E. CRECELIUS opened a real estate partnership business. One
year later he joined F. E. SHELDON and H. H. TEDFORD as a business partner, and became a member and the manager
of the F. E. SHELDON and Company firm on September 1, 1915. Approximately twenty-two years later, on April 1, 1937, he
and his associates organized the Clyde LESAN Company, which specialized in real estate, abstracts, insurance and farm
loans. During those years he served also as a stockholder and director of the Mount Ayr, Kellerton and Benton banks.
He retired on April 1, 1960, after having completed over fifty years of business in Mount Ayr.
He was always one of the first of
Mount Ayr's citizens to offer his services and to devote his time and efforts to activities designed to improve our
community, our schools, and our churches. Besides his business affiliations, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and
the Mount Ayr Golf and Coungry Club. He was a past member of the Iowa Good Roads Association Commission, chairman of
the Ringgold County Hospital's first board of trustees, and, at the time of his death, a member of the board of trustees
of the Mount Ayr Public Library.
In addition to his concern for the welfare of the community, probably the characteristic for
which Mr. LESAN was best known, was his love for his family. Their problems were his problems; their success and
happiness were his greatest joys.
He leaves to mourn his devoted wife and daughter; a son-in-law; one granddaughter,
Judith Ann (Mrs. John FRANCO), of Temple City, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Frank BLANCHARD, of Albion, Mrs. Madge RAMSEY, of Hollywood, Calif., Mrs.
George VANCE, of Mount Ayr, and Mrs. Keith PRUGH, of Des Moines; two brothers, Glenn LESAN, of Mount Ayr, and
Hugh LESAN, of Kellerton; ten nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were
held Thursday afternoon from the First Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Howard WAKELIN.
Interment was at
Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Submission by Mike Avitt, September of 2011
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