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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY - JOHN DONALD WARIN

John Donald WARIN was born November 25, 1907 in rural Taylor County to George and Caroline (SULLIVAN) WARIN. He died of heart failure on March 8, 1986, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

John WARIN was an ambitious, perceptive and compassionate man with many interests and endeavers. In 1935 he launched a successful oil business known as WARIN Oil which he continued to operate and expand until his death. He also established Marycrest Farms in 1944 and developed a nationally-known purebred Angus herd.

Interested in public and Catholic education, he served 40 consecutive years on Iowa Boards of Education, including 12 years on the Maloy School Board, 15 years as Ringgold County School Board president, six years on the State Board with a two-year term as president, and six years on the Catholic Diocese Board, assuming its chairmanship in 1971.

He served on the Ringgold County Fair Board from the 1940's until his death and as president for the last 25 years. He was also a charter member of the Ringgold County Development Corporation, an active lifetime Democrat, and mayor of Maloy. He presided on the District Judicial Nominating Commission for the 3rd Judicial District of Iowa from 1963-1971, and was a National Farmers Organization director.

On August 18, 1932, he married Mary Callista SHAY in Maloy. A son, John Thomas WARIN, died in infancy.

Surviving family includes his wife, Mary WARIN of Maloy; three daughters, Mrs. Kenton (Rita Anne) REASONER of Creston, Mrs. Keith (Rosemary) LEONARD of Atlantic, and Mrs. Thomas (Joan) ROETS of Davenport; two sisters, Anna and Rose WARIN of Creston; and nine grandchildren, Mike, Dan, Beth (Mrs. Mark GEIS), Mark, Meg and Mary Pat REASONER and Doug, David, and Kate LEONARD.

Services were held March 11, 1986, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston with Rev. Father Patrick H. BACON officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery near Maloy.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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