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Joseph Ira Sidles, 1894-1947

The Seymour Herald - 16 January 1947
Final Rites For Joe I. Sidles
  This community was shocked Wednesday night, January 8, by the death of Joe I. Sidles who had passed away following an illness which lasted only a few days.
  Masonic funeral services were held at the Church of Christ conducted by Mr. Howard Clement, a lecturer from the Consistory in Des Moines. Mr. Line Buck, soloist from the Consistory, sang "The Lord is My Shepherd," "Crossing the Bar" and "Peace Perfect Peace," accompanied by Mrs. Irene McNabb of the Seymour O.E.S. Chapter. Others from the Consistory were: Messrs. Abramson, Lindbloom, Shriver, Johnson and Hoschar.
  Flower bearers were from the Seymour Chapter O.E.S. and were Mesdames Burchett, Dorr, Hammond, Morrow, Johnston, Liggett, Donald and Collins.
 Pallbearers were from the Myrtle Lodge 355, A.F. & A.M. of Seymour: Messrs. Banning, Lord, Johnston, McNabb, Donald and Collins.
  Joseph Ira Sidles was born at Jerome, Iowa, on August 10th, 1894 and departed this life on January 8th, 1947, at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Centerville, Iowa, after a brief illness.
  He was graduated from the Iowa Wesleyan Academy at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1915. He left the business school there to enter the army in the First World War, serving in the Field Artillery until January, 1919. For years, he has been the chaplain of the Seymour American Legion.
  On July 31, 1920, he was united in marriage with Janice Armstrong of Seymour, who survives him. A son, Robert, died at birth in 1923. Others who mourn their loss include three sisters, two brothers, five nephews, four nieces, several cousins, and a host of friends.
  He was made a Mason in 1922 and remained a loyal worker until the end. In 1942 he joined the Consistory in Des Moines. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was its Worthy Patron for the last fourteen years.
  Relatives and friends from a distance attending the funeral included:
  Relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Sidles and sons Jim and Pete from Jerome, Mr. George Sidles of Numa, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sidles of Mt. Pleasant, Harry Sidles of Ames, Virginia Sidles of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Diebert of Sac City, Mrs. Guy Streepy of Udell, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, Mrs. Charles Booth of Libertyville, Mrs. Ted Stewert of Douds, Mr. L. A. Arnet of Milton, Mr. G. G. Bowers, Fairfield, Mrs. Roy Mills, West Wood, New Jersey, Mrs. Eugene Orr, Austin, Minn., Miss Georgia Sidles, Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. Etta Condra and Merrill Condra of Numa, Mr. Lue Armstrong, Decatur, Ia.
  Friends: Mr. and Mrs. Mansel Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Frank Reid, Ottumwa, James McClaren, Decatur, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Retherford, Mr. Dan Cunningham and Mr. Glenn Curtis of Chariton, Mr. James Barlow of Sigourney, Mr. Elby McReynolds of Marshalltown, Mr. and Mrs. John Hickie, Mrs. Lydia Bollman of Jerome, Mr. James Crouch of Wheaton, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Donald of Corydon, and N. L. Johnson, Des Moines.
Card of Thanks
  We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to all who extended sympathy and kindness to us in the loss of our husband and brother. We wish especially to thank the O.E.S. Chapter and the Successful Workers class for the lovely dinners.     -The Family
The Seymour Herald - 16 January 1947
Resolution of Respect
  Whereas: Brother Joe I. Sidles, a worthy and loyal member of Myrtle Lodge No. 355, A.F. & A.M., has been taken from our midst by the most worshipful and mighty God, and
  Whereas, Myrtle Lodge No,. 355, A.F. & A.M. will sorely miss this departed brother, Joe I. Sidles, not only from this lodge but through his friendship, and association, therefore --
  Be it hereby resolved by Myrtle Lodge No. 355, A.F. & A.M., that we express our sympathy to his family in his passing from our midst.
  Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be delivered to his widow, a copy to the Seymour Herald for publication, and a copy spread upon the records of this lodge.

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