Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ GEORGE STAATS
George Hiram STAATS, son of Timothy S. and May HUBBARD STAATS, was born July 8, 1909 near Mitchell, S.D. and
departed this life at his home near Hermitage, Mo. Feb. 9  at the age of 72 years, five months and nine days.
He grew to manhood and attended school near Novinger, MO. On April 30, 1932 he was united in marriage with Juanita
STERNER in Marceline, Mo. Of this union seven children were born, three sons and four daughters.
In 1943 he and his
family moved from Missouri to a farm in Iowa and later in 1954 they moved to Delphos, Iowa where they resided for 23
During this time George operated heavy equipment for Ringgold County from 1945 to 1968. Then he required eye
surgery and was no longer able to operate heavy equipment with safety. He then took up television repair and sales until
he retired in 1977.
He and his wife the moved from Iowat back to an acreage near Hermitage, Mo. where he resided until
Those preceding him in death were his parents, one brother and a grandson. Those who mourn his passing and
cherish his memory are his wife, Juanita; three sons and daughters-in-law - William E. and Roberta of Anchorage, Alaska,
Robert (Bob) and Betty of Creston, Iowa, and Fred E. and Alva of Loveland, Colo.; four daughters and sons-in-law - Doris
SMITH and Jerry of Valparaiso, Ind., Margaret WILLIAMS and Charles of Kansas city, Mo., Linda Sue and Larry McCULLOUGH of
Salt Lake City, Utah, Mary L. EXLEY and Jim of Cokaot, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers -
Timothy of Kerman, Calif, Aliner of Fresno, Calif. and Gene of Marceline, Mo.; several nieces and nephews and cousins.
He and his wife and family were making plans to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on April 30, 1982. George
was a loving and kind husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His being so honest
left a great imppression on those who knew him.
Rev. Norman NOBLE officiated at the services held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 13 1982 at Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Organist was Mike GREENE, who accompanied vocalists, Mrs. Jim
JONES and Mrs. Robert FISHER.
Casketbearers were Joe SEATON, Lester TROSTER, Kenneth QUICK, Virgil HOWIE, Theron JOHNSON and
Lloyd STEPHENS. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012
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