Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY - VERL LEROY WATTS
Verl Leroy WATTS was born Decmeber 10, 1911 near Knowlton, Iowa. He passed away December 6, 1987, at the
Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
He attended Cornith country school and then started helping on the
family farm plus working out on other farms.
On August 6, 1930, he married Velma CRUM at the Diagonal Methodist
parsonage. They farmed in the Diagonal and Massena areas before moving to Missouri in 1935. While in Missouri,
Verl worked for the M.F.A. and they also did dairy farming. In 1952 they moved back to the Diagonal area where they
farmed until 1973 when they retired and moved into Diagonal. During his retirement years, Verl enjoyed working
part-time at the sale barn and taking care of the Lions building for a number of years.
Verl served different
times on the A.S.C. Jefferson township committed, on the county extension committee, and enjoyed going to the
Friendly Neighbors Club.
Survivors include his wife, Velma; sons, Dale and his wife, Lenna, of Cabool, Missouri,
and Dean and his wife, Nancy, of Fairfax, Virginia; daughter Reba and her husband, John Rychnovsky, of Diagonal;
grandchildren, Debbie and her husband Rick MYERS, Ron WATTS and his wife Janet, Greg and Brent WATTS, Pat
SPAINHOWER and Steve and Mary RYCHNOVSKY and four great-grandchildren.
Verl is also survived by his mother, Grace,
of the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa; two sisters, Wilma and her husband, Anthony BLANCHARD, of
Osceola, and Dorothy TEPLY of Mount Ayr; and one brother, Paul and his wife, Roena, of Diagonal; and many more
relatives and friends.
Verl was preceded in death by his father, Roy; one infant grandson; and a brother-in-law,
Funeral services were held December 9, 1987, from the Untied Church of Diagonal at Diagonal, Iowa,
conducted by Rev. Eydie STEPHENS. Music was provided by organist, Mrs. Claire NEWTON.
Casketbearers were John
COOK, Alan OSHEL, Scott YOUNG, Claire NEWTON, Bernard SOBOTKA and Lawrence RYCHNOVSKY.
Burial was in Marshalltown
Cemetery at Benton, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010
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