Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ HERBURT SOVEREIGN
Herburt Arthur SOVEREIGN was born May 14, 1910 at Gault, Colorado to Arthur SOVEREIGN (Hastings, Iowa) and Dora WITMER
(Grand City, Mo.)
Death came in the night of March 21, 1986 at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 75 years,
10 months and seven days.
He was marrired to Mona TRULLINGER LUCAS of Mount Ayr on September 27, 1958. Both were active
members in the First Christian Church where Herb served in the office of Elder, a position of spiritual leadership
in which he was serving at the time of his death. His date of baptism and membership was May 15, 1959.
self-employed as a contractor working especially in lightning rod installation on some of the tallest buildings in
the Midwest, before moving to Mount Ayr. He fearlessly undertook almost any job in the construction and building
maintenance field which was offered to him. Many persons cherish his expert knowledge and ability which he used to their
His hobbies and vital interests were almost as compelling and time consuming as his vocation. As a rock hound he
was a handcrafter of beautiful jewelry; a fine amateur photographer; the organizer of the Ringgold County Chapter of Iowa
Archeological Society; an active member of the Ringgold County Historical Society. He was called upon by teachers of our
area to share his well-studied information on geology, archeology, Indian Lore, and photography.
Herb SOVEREIGN was active in
community life, having been the Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge the past five years. As area representative of
the American Bible Society, he encouraged distribution of the Scriptures and assisted many with their ordering. He was
an avid reader and astute Bible scholar. To talk with Herb, one became aware of a vast storehouse of self-taugh
knowledge on many subjects; perhaps chief were Bible history, philosophy and prophecy.
His children are: Milton
SOVEREIGN of Maryville, Mo.; Sherri EVANS, Storm Lake, Iowa; Marilyn O'LEARY of Jacksonville, Florida; Gary LUCAS,
His grandchildren: Carol HELFIN, Graham, Mo.; Rod EVANS, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Diane DYKSTRA,
Three Rivers, Michigan; Joi ANDREWS, Jacksonville, Florida.
Great-grandchildren: Brianne WYATT, Jenna Beth HEFLIN and Adam
Services were conducted by Pastors Phil and Doris KINTON at First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, under the
direction of Wilson-Watson Funeral Home. Music was provided by Mrs. Steve TRULLINGER, Mrs. Roger TRULLINGER and Mrs.
Casketbearers were David HEFLIN, John TRULLINGER, Gene TRULLINGER, Kent TRULLINGER, Roger TRULLINGER and
Steve TRULLINGER. Honorary pallbearers were Deane SICKELS, David SCHRODT, Lester SICKELS, William FRENCH, Elbert
PIDCOCK and Milton HENDERSON. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemtery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.
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