Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 22, 1987
Hatfield Man Dies
A rural Hatfield man was killed and his son injured in an electrical farm accident at the farm 12 miles south of Mount
Ayr Tuesday, Jan. 13. Bill WASHBURN, 68, died of what Ringgold county medical examiner Dr. Duane MITCHELL ruled as an
accidental electrocution. According to a spokesman for Grundy Electric Cooperative of Trenton, MO, the accident happened
when electricity from a 7200 volt main line came down through the auger. Joe WASHBURN tried to revive his father, who
was transported to Ringgold County Hospital by the Eagleville ambulance crew. WASHBURN was pronounced dead at the
The accident happened as the two men were positioning an auger to unload grain from a grain drying bin on
the farm. Both men were knocked to the ground with the shock.
Joe WASHBURN was treated at Ringgold County Hospital and
OBITUARY - WILLIAM DONALD WASHBURN
William Donald WASHBURN, son of Samuel and Mary BOLINGER WASHBURN, was born June 20, 1918 in Worth County,
Missouri. He passed away January13, 1987, from an accidental electrocution at the farm, at the age of 68 years,
six months and 24 days.
His life was dedicated to farming in Ringgold County, Iowa, and Harrison County,
Missouri. He was a farmer and loved God's green earth and was happiest when he was tilling, planting and
harvesting. During the 1930's he served in the CCC for 12 months in Nevada and Idaho.
He proudly served during
World War II in the European Theater from October 1931 until his medical discharge in August 1943. During his
service he achieved the rank of Technician Fourth Grade and earned the American Service Defense Medal.
himin death were his parents and brother, Lester.
Survivors in addition to his devoted wife, Maxine, of the
home, are a sister Esther STUCK of Mount Ayr, Iowa; and children, James D. of St. Joseph, Missouri, Jayla Mae
SMITH of Jamesport, Missouri, Joe and Robert of the home, Rosalie and Penny of Des Moines, Iowa, Mariann POTTORFF
of Hatfield, Missouri, and John of St. Charles, Missouri. Grandchildren are Janella SMITH, Billy and Karen
POTTORFF,and Gina MINGARD.
He also left behind sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives
He was proud of his family and looked forward to having them come home.OUR FATHER
"Our father was a quiet man,
Beloved by one and all
Everyone who knew our Dad
Fond memories can recall.
He lived a very humble life,
Content with what he had.
We never heard him once complain,
The Man who was our Dad.He farmed the land most of his life,
He planted seeds in season.
The seeds he sowed the deepest,
Grow in our hearts and reason.He taught us right from infant up,
And in his gentle way,
He really drove the lesson home
By living it each day.He gave
us many gifts in life
That money cannot buy.
The gifts of honest and truth,
We treasure very high.
He taught us to be thankful
For whatever things we had.
But most of all we're thankful
We had him for our Dad."
Funeral services were held January 16, 1987 from the Wilson-Watson Funeral
Home at Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Ed KAIL. Music was provided by Mike GREENE, Mrs. Gary BICKERS, and Mrs.
Casketbearers were Jack BAILEY, Wayne KEMERY, Kenneth QUICK, Steven OXLEY, Tom RHINEHART and
Charles JEANES. Burial was in Lotts Grove Cemetery in Worth County, Missouri.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010
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