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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 29, 2010

O'MAILIA FOUND DEAD at OLD LAKE

A Mount Ayr man was found dead a the old city reservoir north of Mount Ayr at 11:03 p.m. Friday, July 23.

Kevin O'MAILIA, 41, of Mount Ayr, was discovered at the lake, where the incident was responded to by the Ringgold County Sheriff's Office, Ringgold County medical examiner, and Ringgold County Ambulance.

O'MAILIA took his own life in the incident and no foul play was suspected in the unattended death.

Funeral services for O'MAILIA were held Tuesday, July 27, at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr.

OBITUARY - KEVIN WAYNE O'MAILIA

February 17, 1969 - July 23, 2010

Kevin Wayne O’MAILIA, son of Mary Ann WOOD and William Gene O’MAILIA, was born February 17, 1969 in Denver, CO. Kevin moved with his family to Mount Ayr when he was in the 6th grade. Kevin graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1987. He went on to attend Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa and was currently enrolled in Kaplan University working towards an Associate Degree in I.T.

On March 22, 1997, he was united in marriage to Kimberly Ann GREGG at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Kevin built fences for 12 years with his dad Bob POTTORFF and had worked at G & I Feed while living in Mount Ayr. In 2003, Kevin & Kim moved to Story City from Diagonal and had lived in West Des Moines before moving to Waukee.

Kevin was a wonderful caring dad who loved and cherished his time of being a stay-at-home dad. He taught them many things, one of which included fishing. Kevin was a Mr. fix-it who rose to the challenge of fixing anything. He was an artist and his talent will be cherished by many. Kevin was a sensitive man who was not afraid to show his emotions and display his love. Kevin accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior in 1997 while attending a revival in Ridgeway, MO led by Kim's grandpa Calvin GREGG. They would become members of the Mount Ayr Assembly of God while living in Mount Ayr.

Kevin passed away on July 23, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father William O’MAILIA; brother Bobby Ray POTTORFF; grandfather Donald WOOD; grandmother Fern GREGG & grandfather Willie SHINKLE.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Kimberly and their three children MaKayla Ann, Hali Lynn, and Trystin Wayne, all of Waukee; parents Mary Ann & Bob POTTORFF of Mount Ayr; grandmother Pauline WOOD of Mount Ayr; parents-in-law Ronnie & Joyce GREGG of Mount Ayr; grandfather-in-law Calvin GREGG and grandmother-in-law Faith SHINKLE both of Mount Ayr; siblings Mike O’MAILIA of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, LeAnne (Pat) WALSH of Cherokee, IA; Shawn (Katie) O’MAILIA of Montgomery, Alabama, Tilena MEEK of Mount Ayr, Randy (Angie) POTTORFF of Des Moines; sister-in-law Amy (Dustin) JACKSON of Eveleth, MN; brother-in-law Mark (Radonda) GREGG of Mount Ayr; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.

A memorial fund has been established to the family for his children.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 28, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Mount Ayr with Rev. Chris CONKLIN and Rev. Doug ROHRER officiating.

Casket bearers were Bryan DORR, Ben DORR, Kelly KLOMMHAUS, Jon BINNING, Phillip LUFT, Baylee STULL and Aaron ROBERTS.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike O'MAILIA, Shawn O'MAILIA, Pat WALSH, John WALSH, Randy POTTORFF, Dustin JACKSON, Mark GREGG, Tom BRADLEY, Brent WURSTER, Damion BOGAN and Kory KLOMMHAUS.

Kevin was laid to rest in the Marshalltown Cemetery, Benton, Iowa.

Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr in charge of arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010

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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