Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 31, 2013
OBITUARY ~ DUANE ORVILLE "SLEEPY" POORE
Duane Orville POORE, son of Orville and Pauline Mae (STETZLER) POORE, was born on the family farm
south of Beaconsfield, Iowa. Duane graduated from Beaconsfield high school in 1949.
While in high school, he
acquired his nickname, "Sleepy" POORE, which was given to him by his friend, Ralph JONES. He was known as
Sleepy to those who knew and loved him.
On June 10, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Willa W. CREES,
in the United Methodist Church in Beaconsfield. They established their home on a farm north of Beaconsfield,
where they raised their six children. During their 61 years of marriage, Duane and Willa enjoyed working togeth-er
on the farm raising livestock, crops and kids.
From 1982 to 1990, Duane served two terms (eight years) on the
Ringgold County Board of Supervisors. This was a time that Duane enjoyed very much as he got to interact with
the people of Ringgold county and the surrounding counties and he served on various projects and committees.
He was particularly proud to serve on the Fifth Judicial Juvenile Court board and helped with the groundbreaking
for the new Juvenile Home that was built in Lamoni.
Duane was a member of the United Methodist Church and the
Ellston Odd Fellows Lodge.
Duane and Willa retired and moved to Mount Ayr in 1998 and established their home
on Dunning Avenue.
Some of Duane's hobbies were fishing, hunting and playing cards. Many hours were spent fishing
in his big pond that he built behind the house at the farm. He especially loved hunting turkey in the great
He spent many hours playing cards, especially cribbage, in Ellston, Grand River, at the Mount Ayr Meal
Site and at the Dead Beat Club after moving to Mount Ayr. He also enjoyed entering his antique 1955 Massey
Ferguson in tractor shows and riding it in parades.
Duane's pride and joy were his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. He and "Grams," as she was affectionately called, were very active in the lives of
their grandchildren. They always knew Grandpa would greet them with a great big "squeeze." He rarely missed an
athletic event, music concert, drama production or other activity that the grandchildren were in and thoroughly
enjoyed their successes.
Duane passed away January 24, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his
parents; sisters, Doris and Dorine POORE; father and mother-in-law, Michael and Ruth CREES; sisters-in-law,
Patricia CREES and Emily POORE, and brothers-in-law, Leo MORGAN, Ralph JONES and Willis CREES.
Those left to
cherish his memory include his loving wife of 61 years, Willa POORE of Mount Ayr, Iowa; children, Steven
(Katherina) POORE of Hillsboro, Oregon, Douglas (Debbie) POORE of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Cynthia (Ken) STEPHENS of
Mount Ayr, Iowa, Clinton (Pamella) POORE of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Ruth Ann GREGG of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Donna (Joe)
WARIN of Maloy, Iowa; grandchildren, Kimberly (Nick) REID, Christopher (Elizabeth) NESTLERODE, Corissa
NESTLERODE, Scott (Chandra) POORE, Kristen POORE, Matthew POORE, Josie (Wyatt) MOBLEY, Aimie (Robby) LARSON,
Caine POORE, Callie POORE, Braydee POORE, Ryan GREGG, Becca GREGG, Rachel GREGG, Katelyn WARIN and Megan WARIN;
great-grandchildren, Riley REID, Joshua NESTLERODE, Cole MOBLEY, Kerrigan MOBLEY, Cody LARSON, Tucker LARSON
and Tate LARSON; sister, Darlene MORGAN of Mount Ayr, Iowa; brother, Donald POORE of Kellerton, Iowa;
sisters-in-law, Barbara JONES of Leon, Iowa and Peggy CREES of Dysart, Iowa; brothers-in-law, Carl (Carol)
CREES of Leon, Iowa, Ken (Bonnye) CREES of Pine Top, Arizona and LeRoy (Velma) CREES of Brownstown, Indiana,
and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial fund will be designated for handicap
transportation at Mount Ayr athletic events.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in
Mount Ayr on Monday, January 28, 2013, with Bill ARMSTRONG officiating. Musicians were The HYNEK Family.
Casket bearers included Scott POORE, Matt POORE, Braydee POORE, Caine POORE, Ryan GREGG, Robby LARSON, Wyatt
MOBLEY and Christopher NESTLERODE.
Honorary pallbearers were Josie MOBLEY, Aimie LARSON, Kristen POORE, Callie
POORE, Becca GREGG, Rachel GREGG, Katelyn WARIN, Megan WARIN, Kimberly REID and Corissa NESTLERODE.
laid at rest in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Grand River, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2013
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