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Jack Carson

Jackie Lee Carson was born in Knowlton, Iowa on December 23, 1942. He was the first of two sons born to Leo Frank & Dorothy Marie (Ruby) Carson. Jack attended country school at Knowlton and east of Diagonal before entering Diagonal Community School.

Jack had a strong work ethic and he started farming at age 14. On July 8, 1960, Jack married the love of his life and his best friend, Virginia (Ginny) Tridle. They always lived around Diagonal and loved the farm life. In addition to farming, Jack began a career as a crop adjuster in 1975. For the last several years, Jack has worked for ARMtech. He was known for his honesty and fairness for both the farmer and the company and many farmers personally requested him to adjust their crops.

Jack loved the Iowa State Fair. Beginning in 1960, Jack and Ginny missed only two fairs: 1964 when Patty was born and the fair of 2016. They camped in cars, pickups, and eventually campers. Jack's passion was for collecting. He had an extensive collection of tractors with Farmall being his favorite. He collected cars, wrenches, and he had sheds full of bargains purchased from the 1,000+ auctions that he attended. Jack will be forever remembered as an honest hard-working man who loved his family.

With the care of HCI Care Services nurses of Mount Ayr, Jack was able to fulfill his wish to go home, and be in his home, for the third and final auction of the summer on September 10. Surrounded by his wife and daughters, Jack went home to be with his Lord on September 11, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Ronny Garner; nephew Kenny Carson; sister-in-law Ruth Kilgore; parents-in-law Bill & Linnabell Tridle; and a special friend, Larry Grace.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ginny Carson of Diagonal; four daughters Pam (Mitch Hargin) of Diagonal, Sandy (Bill) Armstrong of Mount Ayr, Patty (Jim) Newton of Diagonal, and Shelly (Travis) Troutwine of Grant City, MO; 10 grandchildren Jennifer Grace, Justin (Chelsey) Kuonen, Jacque (Bob) Sobotka, Jared (Chelsea) Armstrong, Josh Armstrong, Danielle Newton, Nolan (Stephanie) Newton, Tonya (Cody) Mullock, Travis Troutwine, Jr., Sidney Troutwine; 14 great grandchildren; one brother Frank (Sue) Carson of Diagonal, IA; brother-in-law William (Maxine) Tridle of Orient, IA; two sisters-in-law Carolyn Tridle of Kansas City, MO and Betty (Rick Cadwallader) Kohrt of Spokane, WA; nieces, nephews, and many good friends.

Memorials are to the Knowlton Cemetery

Service Date: September 14, 2016

Services: 10:30 a.m. ~ Wednesday, Sept 14
United Church of Diagonal
Officiating: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 12:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Tues, Sept 13
Family Present: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Tues, Sept 13
Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr, IA
Burial: Knowlton Cemetery - Diagonal, IA
Memorials: Knowlton Cemetery

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Shelly and family---You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Victoria Montemayor Sep 14 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sad to hear about Jack. I worked with him for several years with Federal Crop Insurance and think of him so often. He was a super guy and so proud of his family.

shirley gray Sep 13 2016 12:00 AM

Ginny and family, was thinking of Jack Saturday and Sunday. He had some unfinished business and Jack being Jack would not leave until it was done. Jack was always so kind to me and helped me to learn the ropes of Crop Insurance when I first started out in 1998, don't know what I would have done without him. So sorry that he is gone, but know he is at rest now. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lois Ibbotson Sep 13 2016 12:00 AM

Sandy, Bill, and family. Sorry to read about your father. I did not know him but know he had to be a good man because he raised a wonderful daughter with good character and ethics. I know you will miss him as I miss mine. Know that he is with the Lord now and is in good company. God wrap his arms around you and give you the comfort you so much need at this time and in days to come. In God's Love. Paula

Paula Webb Sep 13 2016 12:00 AM

Pam, so sorry to hear of your loss.

Steve Towe Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

Pam---sorry for your loss....sounds like your Dad was a great guy....keep your memories of him in your heart.

Lynn Martin Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

Sandy, Bill, and Family- You have my sincere sympathy. Take care. Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

Jack and Ginny took me to my first Iowa State Fair - that is a memory that I have treasured my whole life. When I think of the fair, I automatically think of those 2. My heart is hurting for your loss. I am thinking of each and every one of you. Always in my heart!

Jacque Hower Oglesby Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Sandy & Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours in this very difficult time. God Bless, Andy & Kim Joyce

Andy Joyce Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

Sandy and Bill, Our thoughts are with you! Johnny Moller Wilbert Vault and Pierce Companies.

Johnny Moller Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

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