Hamilton County

Russel Staples




Three Brothers Join the Navy

The three Staple brothers, all former farm hands near Jewell, Ia., joined the Navy Wednesday and left a few hours later for the Great Lakes Naval training school near Chicago, Ill.  Lester (left), 24, and Charles (right), 20, are making sure that George, 22, brought his toothbrush for the journey. Lester tried to join a few weeks ago and failed, but his two brothers brought him luck this time.

Source: Des Moines Register, 1942

Lester, Charles and George Staples, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Staples of Jewell, came home Thursday for a short leave from the Navy. This is the first time they have been home since enlisting shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. They have been stationed on the same ship and together but they think they will be separated when they return. They recently saw action in the battle of Saipan.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Aug. 10, 1944


4 sons of Charles Henry Marshall and Mabelle Mary Clair Staples served in the Navy in World War II.

Lester, Charles and George Staples served aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina (BB-55). Younger brother Russel also served in the Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Sperry (AS-12).

Russel also served in the Army in Korea as did his brothers, Richard and Kenneth.

Source: Personal files of Mabelle Staples Romp; ancestry.com


Russel Staples, age 86, a lifelong Jewell resident, died Friday, April 18, 2014 with his wife and children by his side at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Jewell. Burial with military honors followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Jewell. Memorials may be made to South Hamilton Schools “Strike Up the Band Fund” Attn: Mr. Klaver, 315 Division street, Jewell, IA 50130 or to the Donna Staples family.
Russel LeRoy Staples was born May 23, 1927 in Jewell to Charles H. M. and Mabelle (Clair) Staples Bonner. He grew up in Jewell, graduating from Jewell High School. He served in the U.S.Navy at the end of World War II and in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On March 25, 1959 Russel married Donna Mae Essing in Fort Dodge. Russel owned and operated Staples T.V. and Radio.
Later in life, he was a welder and retired from Hagen welding in 2001. Russel was a humble, hard-working man and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed his family along with carpentry, gardening, dancing, playing cards and shooting pool. Russel was a member of the Jewell American Legion Post and the United Church of Christ.
Russel is survived by his wife, Donna of Jewell; his children, Cyndie (Carroll) Caruth of Ankeny, Lanny (Laureen) Staples of Lake view, Denise (Brent) Naeve of Humboldt, Mitch (Gale) Staples of Baltimore, Ohio, Delayna (Don) Beattie of Nashville, Illinois, and Nathan Staples of Story City; grandchildren, Joel and Kelly Caruth of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Jennon and Beth Caruth of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Joshua Staples of Worthington, Ohio, Becky and Ryan Wangness of Calmar, Nashay Naeve of Chicago, Brennon Naeve of Ames, Sarah Mae, Russel and Oliver Staples of Baltimore, Ohio, and Jordan Rude of Ankeny; step grandchildren Chris Snyder of Carroll, Maggie (Kate) Roberts of Brooklyn, NY, Evan (Paula) Beattie of Plainfield, IL; 14 great grandchildren; siblings, Richard (Doris) Staples of Jewell, Kenneth Staples of Alamo, Texas, Emma Lou Kerns of Apache Junction, Arizona, and Mabelle (Wayne) Romp of Stanhope.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie Staples in 1969; a grandson, Nicholas Rude in 2002; and his siblings, Clarice Broom, Lester Staples, George Staples, Charles Staples, Florence Broom, and Donna Mae Janssen.

Source: South Hamilton Record-News, Jewell, Iowa
April 23, 2014