OBITUARY - HOWARD "WILLY" POORE
Funeral services for Howard "Willy" POORE, age 93 of Bedford, who died Friday,
June 25, 2005 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning were held Wednesday,
June 29, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie MOGLER
and Ted DeHASS officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the John F.
Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 were held in the Fairview Cemetery in
Bedford. Memorials can be directed to the First Baptist Church or the Bedford
Volunteer Ambulance Service. Please leave a message of tribute to the Poore family
on our web page, www.ritchiefunralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were
entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Howard E. "Willy" POORE was born April 8, 1912, on a farm three miles north of
Blockton, Iowa to Charles E. POORE and Minnie Effie (POLLEY) POORE. He grew up
attending school in Blockton, Redding and graduated from the Bedford High School
with the Class of 1932. He was nicknamed "Willy" because of his good report on
Will Rogers, whom he admired. After high school Willy served in the CCC camp
for eighteen months along with Leonard SCROGGIE. In 1937, he was united in
marriage to Mildred COBB and to this loving union four sons were born, Larry, Gary,
Don and Greg. Mildred passed away in 1964 and in 1965 he was united in marriage
to Dorothy LILLIE of Clearfield.
In 1944, he entered the United States Navy faithfully serving his country until his
discharge in 1945, where he had been stationed in San Diego, California. He did
general trucking in the Bedford area and was later employed by the Iowa Department
of Transportation where he worked for twenty-one years. After retiring in 1977, as a
foreman for the Red Oak DOT office, he and Dorothy moved back to Bedford.
Willy kept busy for a number of years with remodeling and building bird houses and
framing pictures. Always an active man, Willy dismantled Oak Hill Church when
we was seventy-five years old along with several old barns for various farmers in the
area! He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church having served as a
deacon, taught the Friendly Class in Sunday school and sang in the choir, having
been blessed with a beautiful voice. He was also a member of the John F. Hardin
American Legion Post No. 164. He enjoyed all sports, especially golf and bowling.
He was a charter member of the Senior Golf Group. He also enjoyed playing cards
with his friends for many years in his home and going for coffee with the men at the
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Dorothy of Bedford; three sons, Larry
POORE and wife Judy of Lincoln, Nebraska; Gary POORE and wife Barbara of Chicago,
Illinois; Don POORE and wife Jeanette of Orlando, Florida; a step-son, Al LILLIE and
wife Myra of Indianola; eleven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-
grandchildren; a sister-in-law Dorotha POORE of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a cousin
Cecil POLLEY of Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Charles and Minnie; his first wife Mildred
in 1964; his son Greg in 1999; a brother Ward and an adopted brother Ted; and his
in-laws, Joe and Ruth TROST of Lenox.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December, 2008
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