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Grover Mains

Grover Weldon Mains, son of Jacob Weldon & Dorothy Inas (Safley) Mains, was born June 26, 1950 in Iowa City, Iowa. Grover grew up in Taylor County and graduated from Lenox High School in 1968. His dad rightfully nicknamed him "Mischievous Mike" because he was so ornery. Grover entered and served in the US Army on February 11, 1970. He was honorably discharged on January 23, 1972. On November 18, 1972, Grover was united in marriage to Mary Jo Wood and to this union, 4 children were born: Nikki Jo, Kisha Lee, Jared Weldon, and Jessi Rae.

Grover was a drilling operator for Longfellow Drilling for over 27 years. His family always knew when he was coming home on Friday night because you would hear his Ford truck coming down the road. Grover was very proud of his kids and grandkids. He loved to tuck in his children in bed by lifting their feet so that their blankets were tucked under them. He was known to try to hand out money to his grandkids and would be upset if they would not take it. Grover's kids gave him the nickname Groovy and called him that often.

Grover was known for his gardening and loved to be outside. He was always driving around Clearfield in his Ranger, visiting with everyone. Grover enjoyed food eating contests at the supper table and he was always trying to get his kids friends to sit down and eat; always welcoming them into their home. Sunday was always family day and popcorn and pop was their supper menu. Grover enjoyed sitting outside on his ice cream chair, looking out at his pond. One thing that was not allowed during supper was the answering of the telephone!

After retiring, Grover and Mary traveled with their kids and took their own road trips.

Grover's family always knew when dad was done with a conversation as he would throw up his hands and say, "Whatever." As Grove would always say “It is what it is”

Grover passed away February 1, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers Gail, Gene, Jerry, and James Mains; and one nephew, Scott Mains.

Those who will forever cherish his memory include his wife Mary Mains of Clearfield, IA; children Nikki (David) Leonard of Winterset, IA, Kisha (Darren) Martin of Mount Ayr, IA, Jared (Trisha) Mains of Clearfield, IA, and Jessi (Chris) Grose of Mount Ayr, IA; 6 grandchildren Kyler Darren Martin, Ryann Elizabeth Martin, Isaac Christopher Grose, Jace Dylan Grose, Ella Jo Leonard, and Ava Jane Leonard; siblings Gary (Helen) Mains, Glenna (Ray) Alcorn, Judy (JL) Andrus, Joyce (Jack) Giley, Jay (April) Mains, and Jan Davidson (special friend Kelly McDaniel); numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

Celebration of Life Visitation: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 5 at the Clearfield Christian Church

Memorials: In his name to be decided later.

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Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Grover was a great husband and dad to you. I know you have many precious family memories. Christ's peace, love and hugs to you all.

Connie Cooper Feb 7 2018 12:00 AM

Groove you were a great brother in law and thought a lot of you Enjoyed sitting in the garage and talking and having a beer. You will be missed by us all. RIP

John Wood Feb 6 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Jared and Trisha, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Way too young! Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Renee Schwartz Feb 5 2018 12:00 AM

Prayers to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Grover was an all around great guy. There wasn't anyone he wouldn't help friend or stranger. He will be greatly missed. GOD be with you in your time of need.

Lori&Janae Becker Feb 5 2018 12:00 AM

Mary Jo and family, We're so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We hope you're finding comfort in wonderful memories of Grover. Annette and Jeff

Annette Busbee Feb 4 2018 12:00 AM

Kisha- thinking of your family in this difficult time.

Sara Little Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM

Grover was always willing to help out a neighbor. Great guy and friendly. Thinking of Mary, his kids, and the rest of his family.

Chris Cameron Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM

Grover was a good man , even though you were not a true relative, we though of you as one! You'll be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you?

Lynne Maben Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM