Visit the USGenWeb Project Website Visit the IAGenWeb Project Website

 What's New

Coordinator Contact

About Us

Return to the Home Page
Contact the Ringgold Cemeteries
Census the Ringgold Counties
 Ringgold County Churches
family pages links to family
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Copyright Statement
History Ringgold County
Ringgold County IAGenWeb History-Biographies Project
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Lookups
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Mailing Lists
Ringgold County Maps IAGenWeb Project
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Messageboards
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Military
Ringgold County IAGenWeb News Clippings
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Obituaries
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Penny Post Cards
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Photographs
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Queries
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Resources
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Resources
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Site Map
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Surnames
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Front Porch

This site is supported by
Friends of IAGenWeb
rose.jpg
   

powered by FreeFind
 
    

The Ottuwma Courier
Ottumwa, Iowa
October 23, 2006

OBITUARY - JOSEPH NELSON McFARLAND

1927 - 2007

American Flag.jpg Purple Heart.jpg OTTUMWA Joseph Nelson McFARLAND of 9 Schwartz Drive passed away Friday, October 20, 2006 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City at the age of 87.

He was born September 13, 1919 in Bouton, Iowa to Glenn E. and Kathryn E. (DISSINGER) McFARLAND and graduated from Bouton High School in 1936. He married Rosalie SHAY of Maloy, Iowa on May 28, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Church in Maloy. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Economics in 1952. He was a graduate assistant to Dr. Wendel SMITH in the Market Research Department while working on his Masters Degree.

Mr. McFARLAND enlisted in the U.S. Army 168th Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Division on February 1, 1941 for his year of training at Camp Claiborne, La. and was assigned to the communication and intelligence squad. In February 1942, he sailed to Belfast, Ireland with the 34th Infantry Division for training. In May 1942, he was sent to Isle of Mann for Aircrafts I.D. (German) graduating with an "A." In October 1942, a ship was boarded for destination unknown. After 22 days waiting for reinforcements from the United States, then passing through the Rock of Gibraltar, he was involved in the invasion of Algeria, North Africa on "D-Day" in November 1942. After the defeat of the Germans and Italians in Africa, he was promoted to Tech Sgt. leading an Ammunitions and Hazard Mission Platoon for mine locations. The 34th Division was then selected to make the navigation at Salerno, Italy in September 1943. After Salerno was secure, the 1st Battalion, 34th I.D. moved northward to Cassino and attempted to secure Monte Cassino, a Jesuit Monastery. From there, the 34th I.D. went back to Naples to board ship for another invasion. This time it was Anzio, Italy in January 1944 and on to the liberation of Rome.

He returned to Des Moines in December 1944 after serving 32 continuous months overseas, including three invasions. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Four Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, a Presidential Unit Citation, and a personal letter from Gen. Mark CLARK for appreciation of Service to the Fifth Army. He also received a Citation from Gen. Charles BOLTE for outstanding Performance of Duties.

Mr. McFARLAND was a life member of the Purple Heart Association, The American Legion O.B. Nelson Post #3, the V.F.W. Walter B. Schafer Post #775 and the 34th Inf. Div. Assoc. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #888, the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus McMullen Assembly, the University of Iowa I-Club and the SE Iowa I-Club. He was a member of the University of Iowa Presidents Club, the University of Iowa Alpha Kappa Psi Commerce Fraternity, member of Ottumwa Country Club, a 38-year member of Ottumwa Noon Lions having served as President and in various other offices, former Lion of the Year, a Warren B. COLEMAN award recipient for outstanding service, member of the Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, Trustee of OADC, former Chairman of the Ottumwa Fair Housing Board and a member of St. Mary of the Visitation Church. He retired as manager of Plumb Supply Co. in 1983 having been in the plumbing and heating wholesale business for 52 years.

Mr. McFARLAND is survived by his wife, Rosalie of Ottumwa; a son, Neil (Denise) McFARLAND of Iowa City; six grandchildren, Natalie (Jason) McFARLAND GULBRANSON, Breanna McFARLAND, Laura McFARLAND, Merideth McFARLAND, Christopher CARLSON and Shay CARLSON; one great-granddaughter, Cadence GULBRANSON; one brother, Larry (Betty) McFARLAND of Riverside, CA and sister-in-law, Betty (Mac) McFARLAND of Bouton, IA.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Shelia McFARLAND CARLSON and infant Mary McFARLAND, his parents, one brother Eugene McFARLAND, one sister Imogene McFARLAND CAMPBELL and one brother-in-law Harry CAMPBELL.

Services will be held at St. Mary of the Visitation Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. Bernie WEIR officiating. Burial will be Wednesday afternoon at St. Mary Cemetery in Maloy, IA.

Open visitation begins noon Monday at Robertson-Jay Funeral Home.

A Christian Wake service will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by family visitation from 7-8 p.m. at Robertson-Jay Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be members of the Ottumwa Noon Lions. Members of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will serve as Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Seton School or to St. Mary of the Visitation Church.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

Return to:

A - B OBITUARIES INDEX         C OBITUARIES INDEX              D OBITUARIES INDEX
E - F - G OBITUARIES INDEX    H - I - J OBITUARIES INDEX      K - L OBITUARIES INDEX
M OBITUARIES INDEX              N - O - P OBITUARIES INDEX    Q - R OBITUARIES INDEX
S - T OBITUARIES INDEX          U - V - W OBITUARIES INDEX   X - Y - Z OBITUARIES INDEX


You are our visitor!
Thank You for stopping by!



© Copyright 1996-
Ringgold Co. IAGenWeb Project
All rights Reserved.