John H. Yaryan, the youngest of the seven children of John M and Susan Yaryan,
was born April 15, 1878 in Grant township, Ringgold County IA and departed
this life July 4, 1960 at the hospital in Boone IA at the age of 82 years; he
was the last surviving member of his family.
With his parents, brothers and sisters, he moved to the sandhlls of Nebraska
in 1886 being eight years old at the time He returned to Iowa to make his home
in Knowlton on January 1, 1900, and on May 8 of that same year was united in
marriage with Marcia Butt of the Knowlton community.
Three children were born to the Yaryans, Marie of Des Moines, Ralph, who died
in infancy, and Jay Rew of Boone IA. Besides his son and daughter he is
survived by a daughter-in-law, Crystal.
The Yaryan home was established in Knowlton where he was a barber, and
maintained there until the family moved to Diagonal in 1918, where he
continued in business.
Mrs. Yaryan's death occurred in February 1938 and after a time he moved to
Creston, where he was married August 1946 to Mrs. Jennie Hackley, whose death
occurred in December of that same year.
For the past fifteen years Mr. Yaryan had made his home in Des Moines and at
Boone where he remained active, enjoying life until the past few months.
He joined the IOOF lodge in January, 1901, an activity which he kept up for 59
years. He played baseball and had a continuing interest in thsi and other
sports all of this life. He had an unusual musical ability, giving generously
of his talent, singing, playing in the band and playing his violin in the
communities in which he lived. This interest also continued all of his long
life and he won many honors taking part in fiddler's contests sponsored by
station KFNK in Shenandoah. He was also active in golden age groups in Des
Funeral services were heled from the Methodist church in Diagonal, with
interment in Knowlton cemetery.
Submission by Nancy Sackett, February of 2014