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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY - SAMUEL PORTER NEWTON

Samuel Porter NEWTON was born to Earl and Jessie NEWTON February 20, 1917, in Mount Ayr, and passed away January 16, 1985, in Bella Vista, Arkansas, at the age of 67 years, 11 months.

Sam was a lifelong resident of Ringgold County. After graduation from the Mount Ayr High School in 1936, he pursued his favorite pastime by trying out in the minor baseball leagues in Oklahoma. Baseball conitnued to be his favorite sport through the years as he played town team ball and coached Little League.

Mary Lois ROE and Sam were united in marriage in the Mount Ayr Christian Church Parsonage on March 23, 1941. Three daughters were born from this union - Cheryl, Vicki and Trudy.

After being drafted into the service in 1942, Sam was separated from Mary for a short time as he served in the Aleutian Islands. In 1943, they returned to Mount Ayr where he was employed by mary's father, C. A. ROE at ROE Implement. the International Harvester "Red Iron" became a part of him as he continued as a partner and employee of ROE Implement for over 40 years.

Sam's life was marked with giving - always more than he received without question of receiving anything in return. Activites with friends and family were of special importance to him throughout his life, with his grandchildren, Denny, Mike and Amy being his pride and joy.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Richard; two sisters, Esther and Mildred; and daughter, Trudy.

Sam is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Cheryl RAVENSCROFT of Orange City and Vicki RICKER of Ankeny; three grandchildren, Denman JOHNSON ofOmaha, Nebraska, and Michael and Amy RICKER of Ankeny; and two sons-in-law, Bob RAVENSCROFT and Eugene RICKER.

To Dad With Love
It would be very nice, we think
If we could but repay
A portion of the goodness
That you shoed to us each day -
We didn't take you for granted -
You're something special, Dad -
We'd still pick you from all the rest -
The Dads we could have had!
We truly hope that you did know -
Or in some way you guessed -
How deeply proud we are of you
And now, how sadly you will be missed.

A memorial service was held at the United Methodist church in Mount Ayr, Iowa, on Saturday, January 19, 1985. Officiating was Rev. Ed KAIL. Music was by Sue PERRY and Mary Sue FOUNTAIN. Selection was The Lord's Paryer. Congregational hymns used were Abide With Me and Be Still My Soul.

Plans had been made for the body of Mr. NEWTON to be donated to the University of Iowa, Iowa City, for scientific research. Later the ashes will be brought to Mount Ayr for burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, with appropriate graveside rites.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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.

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