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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1927

O. V. MESSINGER DIES FROM HEART ATTACK.

Death Claims Another Good Ringgold County Citizen
End Came Without Warning.

Death claimed another goodcitizen of Ringgold county Friday evening when Oley V. MESSINGER passed away at his home in Athens township. The end came suddenly and without warning. Mr. MESSINGER had been enjoying his usual health and had been engaged in husking corn during the day. After finishing his day's work he went to the house, ate a heartysupper and, as was his custom, read the daily paper. A few moments later, while he was resting on a cot, Mrs. MESSINGER noticed that he was breathing heavily and went to his side in the hope of arousing him, but before anything could be done life had passed out.

At the death of Mr. MESSINGER the community mourns. He was a man of sterling character and happy disposition and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances.

Funeral services were held Monday after noon at the Methodist church in Mount Ayr and were largely attended. The funeral sermom was preached by Rev. G. B. INGRAM, districk elder of the Free Methodist church. Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL and Mrs. Ingram assisted in the services. The singers were George S. ALLYN, Chas. F. ASHBY, Mrs. E. B. WALL and Mrs. Glen ROBINSON, who sang, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus,""Abide With Me" and "Rock of Ages." The pall bearers were old friends and neighbors - Charles MERRITT, George AXTELL, Frank SALTZMAN and Frank DAVENPORT. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery [Mount Ayr].

The following obituary was read at the services:

Oley Vinton MESSINGER, eldest son of Z. T. and Mary I. MESSINGER, was born April 3, 1872, in Grundy county, Iowa, and passed away at his home in Athens township, December 2, 1927.

He came with his parents to Shenandoah, Iowa, in 1892, and wehre (sic) he was married to Miss Mable LESAN June 9, 1895. To this union were born five children: Harry Gerald, Zadie Florence, Floyd Franklin, Oakel Victor, William Taylor. The two sons, Harry Gerald and Floyd Franklin, preceded their father in death.

In 1897 the family moved to Ringgold county, living on a farm until they moved into Mount Ayr where they made their home for some time, later moving to Waterloo, where they resided two years and then moved to St. Joseph, Mo., where he worked for Swift & Co. for six years. Then again to Ringgold county where he spent the remainder of his days with the exception of about two and a half years in California.

He leaves to mourn his passing his faithful wife, two sons, Oakel, who is still at home, William, of Kansas City, Mo., the one daughter, Mrs. FLorence GRIEMANN, and two grand children, Roe Milan and Evelyn Pauline; five brothers, Graham, Taylor and Edgar, of Alameda, Calif., Arthur, of Kenmire, N.D., and Walter of Waterloo, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Grace BERGREEN, Alameda, Calif., and Mrs. Maud STONER, Waterloo, Iowa. Only one sister, Mrs. Maude STONER, could be present at the funeral. [Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.]

Card of Thanks.

We, the family of Mr. O. V. MESSINGER, wish at this time to thank our many friends and neighbors for their many kindnesses and also for the floral offerings to our husband and father.
MRS. O. V. MESSINGER AND CHILDREN.

NOTE: Mabel E. (LESAN) MESSENGER, wife of O. V., was born in 1875, and died in 1958 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Zadie Florence MESSINGER, daughter of Mable (LESAN) and Oley Vinton MESSINGER, was born December 31, 1899, Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Nicholas Lyle GREIMANN on August 14, 1919 in Mount Ayr. Zadie died on December 19, 1991 at Mount Ayr and interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Nicholas Lyle GREIMANN was born on December 25, 1898, Kellerton, Iowa, the son of Henry William GREIMANN (1868-1953) and Clara SALTZMAN (1870-1954). He died January 18, 1985, Mount Ayr and was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery. Zadie and Nicholas were the parents of seven children: Henry Vinton GREIMANN (1920-1920); Rose Milan GRIEMANN; Evelyn Pauline GRIEMANN, wife of Lawrence Earl CREVELING; Max Elton GRIEMANN married Rosella Lavonne SMITH (1931-1990); Darlene Merle GRIEMANN, married Paul WEEDA; Robert GRIEMAN (1936-1936); Phyllis GRIEMANN (1939-1939).

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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