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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY ~ JAY LILES

Jay Liles, second son of Lemuel Day and Anna Vest Liles, was born April 21, 1897, and departed this life Feb. 3, 1968, in the Ringgold county hospital after a lengthy illness, at the age of 70 years, nine months and 13 days.

He was born and grew to manhood on a farm north of Ellston in Ringgold county. He was called to serve his country during World War I and after receiving his honorable discharge, returned to help his father farm.

On Aug. 13, 1920, he was united in marriage with Opal Faye Hazen at Creston, and of this union were born nine children - Myrtelle Liles, of Afton; Lorraine Nichols and June Rinehart, of Mount Ayr; Hazen, who died in infancy; George Ervin Liles, of Norwalk; Iola Wernli, of Perry; and Bobby Dean Liles, Donna Pickens and Ronald Jay Liles, of Des Moines.

Mr. Liles made his livelihood from farming in Ringgold county with the exception of four years during which he farmed near Thayer. In 1949, he moved his family to 206 East Jefferson in Mount Ayr and he and his sons operated the north Standard oil station. When George and Bob were called to serve in the Korean War, he sold the station and started working for Ringgold county, in which capacity he continued as long as health permitted.

He had a pleasing personality and made friends easily. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a good neighbor and will be sadly missed by his family, relatives and friends.

Those who preceded him in death were his brother, George Emmett Liles; the son, Hazen; his father and a sister, Velma Liles.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved widow, Opal; his eight children; four sons-in-law, Lyndon Nichols, Bill Rinehart, LeRoy Wernli and Earl Pickens; three daughters-in-law, Shirley Owens (Mrs. George Liles), Anne Jackson (Mrs. Bob Liles) and Joy Greimann (Mrs. Ronald Jay Liles); 19 grandchildren; his 92-year-old mother, Mrs. Anna Liles, of the Leisure Manor Home, Osceola; four sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Seifkas, of Osceola, Mrs. Hanna Robinson, of Mount Ayr, Mrs. Velda McLaughlin, of Osceola, and Mrs. Agnes McCarl, of Leon; one brother, Ralph Liles, of Anaheim, Calif.; four brothers-in-law, George Siefkas, Reah Robinson, Lloyd McCarl and John Carter, of Afton; one sister-in-law, Iris Hunt Liles; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 5, from the Rhoades funeral home, conducted by the Rev. William Morehouse. Music was provided by William Harover, vocalist, and Mrs. William Harover, organist. Casketbearers were Gaylen Bullock, Floyd Collier, Mark Owens, Carl Hogue, Francis Walters and Marion Creveling, members of Emmett Liles American Legion Post of Ellston, and honorary bearers were Harry Hetzel, C. E. Layton, Albert Goldner, Vernon Drake, Howard Nickles, Wilbur Faris and Aubrey Kirkpatrick. Interment was in the Rose Hill cemetery at Mount Ayr, where military services were conducted by Ringgold Post No. 172, American Legion.

NOTE: Jay's brother was Emmett Liles for whom Ellston's American Legion post is named. I knew Jay's sister Bea; we called her Grandma Bea. She was Doug Brun's grandmother.

Submission and note by Mike Avitt, June of 2013

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

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