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The Mount Ayr Record-News

WELDON C. MAIN

Weldon C. MAIN was born 19 Feb 1909, to John Dwight and Adeline Amelia (WHEELER) MAIN in their farm home just east of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and departed from this life 16 Jul 1980, at the Ringgold County Hospital at the age of 71 years, five months, and seven days.

Weldon resided and worked in Mount Ayr most of his life. By the time he graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1926, he had already been employed for six years during the summers and after school. In 1926, he began full time employment with Rexall Drug.

However, in 1928, his long association of over 50 years with automobile dealerships was begun, first with Johnston Ford, later with Timby Ford. From 1938 to 1943, he was associated with Sinner Ford in Greenfield, Iowa. He and his family then returned to Mount Ayr where he changed from Ford to Chevrolet with Carr Chevrolet. In 1949, came yet another change to Chrysler Corporation with Carson Williams, and in 1950, he purchased the dealership and remained the Chrysler dealer until 1966.

His devotion to the automobile drew him back into employment with Chevrolet in Tama, Iowa and with McCullough Motor Company in Mount Ayr. In 1969, he began his 11-year association with Martin Brothers Chrysler, in Creston, Iowa.

In 1978, Weldon retired from this position, and made his hobbies his full time occupation. He loved carpentry, gardening, farming and raising animals, all of which had become his part-time occupation while automobiles were his full-time career.

This retirement, however, was brief, as he resumed his full-time duties with Martin Brothers, once more in 1979, until his second retirement in May 1980.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, the Masonic Lodge, a past member of the Automobile Dealers Association of Iowa, and the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Weldon was united in marriage to Elma STEPHENS on 25 Oct 1930. To this union were born three children: Patricia Ann, Barbara Kay, and John William. Weldon's parents, Addie and Dwight, his brothers, Evan and Burl, his son, John William, and an infant granddaughter, Lori Ann REYNOLDS preceded him in death.

His survivors include his wife, Elma; daughters, Patricia PRENTIS and Barbara REYNOLDS; son-in-law, Raymond PRENTIS; grandchildren, Timothy PRENTIS and his wife, Merry, Julie WATTS and her husband, Stephen, Andy REYNOLDS and his wife, Susie, Brenda GROSE and her husband Kenny, Shelly REYNOLDS and Dan REYNOLDS; his sister, Lena JOHNSTON, and sister-in-law, Doris MAIN of Boone, Iowa.

"Our Dad"
He wasn't much in the eyes of the world,
He never made history.
No, he wasn't much in the eyes of the world,
But he was the world to us.
our Dad, now there was a man.
To us he was everthing strong.
No, he couldn't do wrong,
Our Dad.

Our Dad, now he understood when we brought
Him troubles to share,
He was always there, Our Dad.
When we were small, we felt ten feet tall.
When we walked by his side, and everyone would say,
"That's his family."
and our hearts would burst with pride.
Our Dad, oh, we loved him so.
And we only hope that someday our families will say,
"Our Dad, now there was a MAN!"

If I seemed to take for granted
All your thoughtfulness, Sweetheart. . .
The Loving little things you've done
Right from the very start
Please remember that I loved you
And that each day of my life
I heflt happy. . . I felt thankful
Ifelt proud to be your wife!

Weldon's generosity, compassion, loyalty and love will be greatly missed, but constantly remembered by his family and a host of friends.

Reverend Norman NOBLE conducted funeral services held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, from Rhoades-Wilson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Music was by Mrs. Robert FISHER and Joan FISHER, who were accompanied by Mrs. Robert THOMAS at the organ.

Casket bearers were Eldon STILL, Victor SHIELDS, Junior SHIELDS, Floy DRAKE, Charles PRITCHARD and Edwin STILL. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.

Submission and Transcription by Julie (Prentis) Watts, July of 2009

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