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

OBITUARY - LEROY MANFORD WHITSON

LeRoy Manford WHITSON, son of Francis and Mary WHITSON, was born Aug. 15, 1905 in Union Township near Ellston, Iowa, and passed away on Sept. 10, 1983 at his home south of Ellston at the age of 78 years and 26 days.

He was united in marriage to Alice Dorothea SCOTT on July 15, 1929 at Creston, Iowa. They established a home on a farm between Beaconsfield and Ellston. Four children were born to Roy and Alice - Norma Jean of Independence, Mo., Dale of Creston, Iowa, and Keith and Raymond of Beaconsfield, Iowa.

"Round" as he was known to his friends, lived his entire life within a mile of his birthplace. He was a man who never met a stranger and counted his friends dearly. He loved his family and he loved the land, and he looked forward to each new day with the hope that springs from one who looks to the land.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 1968, and his parents and sister Ethel.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, and son-in-law, Robert OSBORN, and daughters-in-law, Beth, Kathy and Sandra; 11 grandchildren, Cynthia HEIDER and husband Dick of St. Joseph, MO.; Michael OSBORN and wife, Sandra, of Monroe, La.; Brian, Katherine and Hugh WHITSON of Beaconsfield and Peggy WHITSON of Houston, Texas; Melanie WHITSON of Creston, Ia.; and Susie WHITSON of Afton, Wyo.; and Rebecca, Jason and Brenda WHITSON of Beaconsfield; three great-grandchildren, Ryan, Allison and Carolyn HEIDER. He also leaves his brother Dean and sister Doris, and nieces and nephews.

He lived his live as he chose and he left this life as he chose. If we see farther, it is because we stood on the shoulders of two fine people who gave us their lives.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 12, 1983 at Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Officiating was Rev. Walter ZARR. Music was by Mrs. James SMITH and Mrs. Jerry McALEXANDER.

Casketbearers were Roy JONES, Don JOHNSTON, Raymond JONES, Kenneth REED, Kenneth LAIRD and Kenneth DRIFTMIER. Burial was in the Ellston Cemetery, Ellston, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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