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Earle M. Schad

Althea Ramona Hineline was born in Florence, Nebraska to James F. and Martha Green Hineline on January 30, 1922. She received her education in the Florence schools through 10th grade. She took a GED course and graduated with her youngest son at the old Afton high school. She was the fifth child of nine children. She had four brothers and five sisters. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death as did her parents.

She was a quiet gentle soul. She loved us all with all her heart and soul. She worked beside me on the farm and loved the farm life. She was a great gardener and had a yard full of flowers. I taught her to shoot a rifle and shotgun and she had a dead eye. One day she opened her porch door and faced a badger not six feet away. In checking the cattle one day, she came upon a sleeping coyote and both were very surprised. She loved working with the cattle. She put hay bales in the elevator for me and she drove the tractor.

She left the city out of her life. She was a thrifty person. I would say, "Mona why don't you get some better clothes?" Her answer was, "These will do." She never in all our married years asked me to take her anyplace. I would say, "Shouldn't we go see your parents?" She was always satisfied with things as they were. Most times we never went anyplace without each other.

What a wonderful person. She loved me for whatever reason and I loved her. We bid you fond farewell; Mona. Mona passed away August 27, 2011.

Earle M. Schad, 97, of Mount Ayr Iowa passed away Monday, December 08, 2014 with his family at his side at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Earle left this life as a unsung artist in farming, pencil art, woodworking, geneology, his personal naval history and publishing of his own book.

Earle was born July 25, 1917 in Fontanelle, Iowa to Fay Alexander Schad and Lulu Frances (Rosebaugh) Schad. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1947. On December 2, 1948 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Althea Ramona Hineline at the First Christian Church in Creston. Earle spent most of his adult life in Ringgold County where he farmed and retired as shop foreman for Ringgold County.

Earle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Althea ( Mona ) Schad in 2011; infant daughter; two sisters, Wynette Schad and Cheryl Arnold.

Left to cherish their memory are two sons, Larry (wife Joyce) Schad of Creston and Gary (wife Carol) Schad of Clive; five grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; Mona's sisters, Mary Davis and Norma Hatcher; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Earle Schad's family would like to thank the Maple Ridge Assisted Living and Mount Ayr Healthcare and their staff for the great care they received.

Memorials will be decided later to stay in Ringgold County.

  • Celebration of Earle and Mona's Life

    December 13, 2014
    11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial At A Later Date

    Oakland Cemetery

    Shannon City, IA

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My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Godspeed.

Posted by Carol Reichardt-Kester - Fontanelle, IA   December 15, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To The Family
Earle and I were neighbors as teenagers on the farm. We spent a few days at the fishing hole. I admired him for his devotion to his parents and family as a youth. They were always utmost in his mind.
He had many talents including the ability to express his sympathy when needed. Earle was involved in my depression when my wife passed. Was very proud of his Navy service for our country.
Enjoyed many lunches with Earle and Mona. I will miss his gentle voice and happy attitude. A good friend.
Orlo Wilmeh

Posted by Orlo Wilmeth - Des Moines, IA - former nieghbor-friend   December 12, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have so many wonderful memories to cherish of my grandparents. I will miss them dearly.

Posted by Cherity Gabrielle - San Antonio, TX - Granddaughter and family   December 11, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Larry and family,
Please accept out sympathy in your loss,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you/

Posted by Martin, Joyce and Lisa Shawler - Creston, IA   December 09, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Gary and Carol,
WE are so sorry to hear of Earle''s passing. Having lost parents we know this is a very hard time. PLEASE know you are in our prayers and thoughts during this very rough time. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Melody & Randy

Posted by Melody & Randy Black - Orlando, FL - LIFETIME friends -Gary/Carol   December 09, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM