John Wesley Gale
GALE, THOMPSON, BOTKIN, MCKEE, ABBOTT, SWAIN, REED
Posted By: Marlene K. Skalberg (email)
Date: 2/16/2018 at 17:34:35
John Wesley Gale, son of Frances and Mary Gale, was born August 11, 1877 near Prescott, Adams County, Iowa and passed from this life June 11, 1945 at his home in Quincy, Iowa at the age of 87 years and 10 months.
On March 5, 1902 in this county, he was married to Marcia Alice Thompson. To this union were born six children who are mrs. Ruby Botkin, Prescott, Iowa; Mrs. Ruth McKee, Creston, Iowa, Wesley Earl Gale of Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Blanche Swain of Sidney, Nebraska; Mrs. Ethel Reed, Corning and one deceased. Mary Ellen, who passed away in infancy.
Mrs. Gale, the wife and mother preceded him in death in 1918. One living sister, Mrs. Mayta Abbott, of creston is also bereaved and 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends, mourn their loss.
Mr. Gale suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack having been at his home work as usual on Monday, until the final summons to the next world came, without warning about 6 o’clock in the evening. It came on quickly, but no help was possible.
Most of his years were spent farming and at Highway work.
After his wife’s death, Wesley assumed the duties of both father and mother and raised his five, then young children unaided. He was a good husband and father and very loyal to his friends of whom there were many. Mr. Gale always helped with any good or worthy cause as Church Aid or Charity work when called upon.
His home, oil station, and little store in Quincy were well known to many people and the last merchandise mart of this old town that has been home to him most of his life. Here his relatives and friends assembled to visit or chat and Wesley was known for his very independent ideas and real thrift as shown by his good orchards, gardens, and splendid live stock, all of which he honestly worked for. To his family and to Quincy, John Wesley Gale will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held from the Carbon Methodist Church, Thursday, June 14, with Rev. J. L. Gallogly, pastor of the Free Methodist Church in charge. Interment was made in the Quincy Cemetery.
Music was by Mrs. Anna Gallogly and Miss Sarah Billups with Ruth Hallene Green at the piano. Pall bearers were Jep Bennington, Pete Sheridan, Farris Cochrane, John Robison, Ivan Reese, and Norm Peterson.
From His Family
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our midst
Which never can be filled.
God, In His wisdom, had recalled
The spirit He had given.
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in Heaven.
Adams County Free Press, June 21, 1945, page 15
Adams Obituaries maintained by Kathy Parmenter.
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