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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 06, 1989

OBITUARY - LESTER WILLIAM "BUD" McCARTY

Graveside services for Lester William "Bud" McCARTY, 88, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, were held June 15, 1989, at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Oroville, Calif. He died Tuesday June 13, at Cottage Grove Hospital. He was born August 28, 1900, in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

McCARTY was usually known as "Bud" or "Mac" but his grandchildren knew him as "Popper." Bud left home at age 14 to work on a horse ranch, breaking horses to ride. For fun he rode in many rodeos in the midwest.

Later, for a year, he rode in a mail route in Wyoming.

He met and married Mamie HENDRIX September, 1925. They homesteaded a ranch near Yuma, Colo. The couple had one daughter, Mildred, who was born in 1929. The family moved many times, mostly ranching and farming in many areas of the midwest.

Several times he disassembled complete houses, moved them, then reconstructed them. He had hardly any formal education. When World War II came along, Bud went to a special sheet metal school and got a job in an airplane factory -- Glenn L. MARTIN'S in Baltimore, Maryland. When the war alerts were on, Bud spent time as an air raid warden.

When the war was over, the family moved back to Iowa where Bud worked on his farm and on a state highway and bridge repair crew. Tired of the cold, and feeling a calling to California, the family moved and settled in Riverside, where Bud worked in surrounding orange groves.

Soon he got a job in the Riverside park systems and retired from this position.

Bud and Mamie moved to Oakdale, Calif. for the fishing and climate and did some work in the almond groves. The fish were biting even better in Oroville where Bud settled for 16 years.

Mamie died in July, 1975. His daughter writes, "Friends 'matchmaked' Bud with Barbara BRAY and they married in Reno, Nevada in May of 1977." They attended the Evangelical Free Church for many years.

When Bud's health deteriorated, he entered Valley Oaks Nursing Home in Gridley, Calif. Barbar encounted poor health and moved to be near her family in Cottage Grove. Ore.

Bud will be remembered for his love of plants; for his ability to do fine, complete work; for his kindest of hearts; knowing few enemies or strangers; for always having a helping hand for people in need.

McCARTY is survived by: his wife, Barbara McCARTY of Cottage Grove; one daughter, Mildred McCALLUM of Oroville; three step-children -- Marilyn BAILEY of Burbank, Calif., William BRAY of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Veneta BRAZELL of Cottage Grove; five grandchildren -- David MORRIS of Reno, Nev., Lester KEMP of Fairfield, Calif., Roy McCALLUM, Jr. of Oroville, Calif., Ruth DENNIS of Pawling N.Y., and Mary McCALLUM of Garberville, Calif.; two sisters -- Mary Maude BURGER of Gravity, Iowa and Gladys REYNOLDS of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and many friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parent, one sister and one brother and a granddaughter.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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