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Jack Padgitt

Jackie Joy Padgitt, known to many as Jack, was born February 27, 1937, in Bartlett, Iowa, to Burbin and Viola (Asman) Padgitt. He departed this earthly life on April 1, 2016, at 79 years of age, in Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

In 1941 the family moved to a farm southeast of Kellerton. He grew up milking Jersey cows and learning the love of farming alongside his family. Jack attended Cornstalk College, a one-room schoolhouse, through the ninth grade. During high school, Jack played the tenor saxophone and spent a summer working with his aunt, helping out after his uncle's heart attack. He graduated from Kellerton High School in 1955. After high school, Jack studied chemistry and played football at Graceland College.

On June 13, 1956, Jack married Helen Mae Banks after eloping to Las Vegas, Nevada. The newlywed couple moved to Compton, California where Jack worked for a milk delivery company. They lived happily in California for a total of six years, and were blessed with their first two children: a son, Christopher Jackie, born August 29, 1959, and a daughter, Athena Anne, born October 26, 1960. Although Jack and Helen enjoyed the California climate, Jack missed the farm and his family, so Jack moved his family back to the Kellerton area in 1962 . On September 17, 1963, Jack and Helen's third child, a daughter, Naomi Hazel was born. In 1965 they settled into their home southeast of Kellerton, previously owned Jack's grandparents, John and Mary Olive Padgitt.

Jack joined his father in the family dairy of registered Jerseys, was an elected member of the American Jersey Cattle Club, and was also an honorary member of the Grand Valley FFA. He continued with the dairy business, building his herd of registered Jerseys and farming row crops and alfalfa hay. In the late 70's, Jack was forced to liquidate the herd and return to school, where he earned an associate's degree from DMACC. He was employed by Tom Harkin, Farm Credit, and Grand Valley Schools, while also working independently as a tax preparer. Further, he was an active member of the Kellerton Christian Church and served as Sunday School Superintendent. Any time of year you would find Jack engaged in the most typical farm duties, such as milking 60 plus Jersey cows, feeding hay and corn silage, welding and repairing farm equipment, planting corn or mowing hay. He could always be found choring or working on another project that needed done. Jack was great with math, and liked designing and making the things the farm needed himself. Jack was also a very talented woodworker, who made hope chests and sewing boxes as gifts for his family. To this day, Jack's own life size cross glows in the baptistry of Grassland Heights Baptist Church in Franklin, TN. His artistry didn't stop there as he was also a photographer and played an active role supporting his family's musical talents.

Let it be remembered that Jack was a very caring and kind person; he could always be counted on to help, care for, or listen to his family and neighbors. His devotion and caregiving to his wife Helen, was unending, as was his care for his mother in her later years. Above all however, Jack's children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. He always made time to love the people close to him. Also remembered is his great one word sentence: "Well." He changed his tone, inflection, and facial expressions to let you know what "well" meant. He knew you say a lot with what you don't say, and that you show you are listening and have heard what was said. You provide a reaction without taking too much of the attention away from the speaker, and Jack was not an attention-seeker. He was a supporter and a caregiver. And even through the many hardships life dealt him, Jack always kept a positive outlook and a grateful attitude towards life. Joy was his middle name.

Left to celebrate his life are his three children, son Chris Padgitt and wife Teresa, daughter Athena Simpson and husband Randy, and daughter Naomi Dolecheck and husband Allan. His brothers, Dennis Padgitt and wife Janice, Steve Padgitt and wife Janet, and Merritt Padgitt and wife Chloe. His grandchildren, Tiffany Padgitt McDonald and husband Marty, Jamy Padgitt, Adam Simpson and wife Lauren, Jacob Simpson, Isaac Simpson, Sheryl Dolecheck Downing and husband Matt, and Erin Dolecheck. Jack also had eight great-grandchildren, Kaley and Brynna McDonald, Jalyn and Jody Hawkins, Ridge Simpson, and Mikaela, Chasse, and Chloe Downing. In addition, Jack had numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

A memorial fund has been established for the Kellerton United Methodist Church.

  • Open Viewing

    April 07, 2016
    1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    April 07, 2016
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    April 08, 2016
    10:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Friday April 08 2016

    Maple Row Cemetery

    Kellerton, IA


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Jack and Helen were very special people who Sharon (Bierlein) and I admired for 70+ years. We were Kellerton area pre-school childhood neighbors and shared grade school/high school experiences until Jack and Helen''s KHS graduation. Like Jack and Helen, Sharon and were KHS classmates who became "MATES FOR LIFE". Although we have not lived in southern Iowa for many years, our strong Bierlein/Payton family roots with annual visits to the area provided news of their lifelong positive/gentle/helpful influence continuously extended to family and friends. RIP Jack and Helen

Posted by Gerald J Payton - Mount Gilead, OH - Neighbor   April 14, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I just saw Jack a little while ago at the hospital waiting for the trolley to come get him. He waited a long time I thought, but was content to just wait. He looked pretty good to me. I hadn''t seen him for a while. Miss those people I saw regularly at the hospital since I have retired. You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Jack Padgitt. May God comfort you in his loss.

Posted by Linda Barber - Benton, IA - Friend   April 11, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Naomi and family so sorry to hear about your dad prayers to the family

Posted by Mary Gent - Marengo, IA   April 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Jack and Helen were always in our lives. Helen was the pied piper on the school bus and she entertained all us little kids. First met Jack and his brothers at Church of Christ where we all had Sunday school in the basement. Jack was always kind and helpful when you visited his tax service. He was a good friend and was fun to just sit and visit. I would go down and Helen and I would make two or three salads to put in frig for their suppers. That is where I learned all about gelatin and its uses. Jack would come in kitchen and visit.
I pray that his children will find peace and good memories in the days ahead because Jack is where he would want to be. Our part of the county has lost so many good people here in the last ten years. Jack''s first love was always his family.

Posted by william and Linda smith - summerville, SC - Friend   April 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We enjoyed reading the tribute. Jack reminds me of this blessing of the Kingdom: "They will build houses and live in them. They will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage. The work of their hands they will use to the full." Isaiah 65:21,22

Posted by Jim & Donna Adams    April 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry about your father,he was a good and kind man and a hard worker. I remember when we picked up hay for him he always treated my family and me Very good even having us eat at his table,and sure drank a lot of his milk while I was growing up. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Posted by Ed Hiebing - Leon, IA - Friend   April 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Naomi and Family,
Just read your Dad''s obituary. What a wonderful tribute. Thinking of you.

Posted by Sharen Downing    April 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to all of Jack''s family. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you in this sad time.

Posted by Allan Heggs - Norway, IA - Friend   April 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Prayers are with the family Memories are so precious and you have so many.

Posted by Lois Griffin Hamilton - Murray, IA - Acquaintance   April 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Fond memories of Jack. He did my taxes for years but I''d generally find a reason to just stop by and visit. Sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and true friend.

Posted by Bob McLead - Kellerton, IA - Friend   April 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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