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Sargent, Ralph Oliver 1904 -1980


Posted By: Terry Sargent (email)
Date: 12/11/2010 at 11:14:24

Ralph Oliver Sargent was born March 4, 1904, son of Emery and Ophelia Waite Sargent, on a farm near Strawberry Point, Iowa. He attended country schools in the area and graduated from Strawberry Point, High School. After his graduation he went to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he worked in a bank for a short time. Returning to Strawberry Point, Ralph worked for Don Courtnage in the Drug Store for about two years. Then, October 1925 he and his brother, Stanley formed a partnership in the feed and coal business which lasted until 1940. During that time, in 1932, they bought a farm on Hewitt Creek and went into the purebred Holstein dairy business.

Ralph married Alma Bushkofsky on September 10, 1930. A short time later, they moved to the Hewitt Creek farm. In 1944 they moved to a farm near Alpha, Iowa and lived there for four years. Their stay near Alpha was followed by their return to the Hewitt Creek farm where they lived an additional two years, until their retirement to Strawberry Point in 1950. Ralph’s hobbies were gardening and flowers. He was also very devoted to his family. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Strawberry Point.

Ralph died on Monday, July 28, 1980 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa due to a massive stroke which took place on July 2 following vascular surgery the day before.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father and four brothers: Stanley, Leon, Harford, and Elwin. He is survived by his wife, Alma, two sisters, Gladys Kimpston and Lavera Fink, both of Strawberry Point, two brothers, Emery, now living at the Grandview Nursing Home at Oelwein, Iowa, and Paul of Floyd, Iowa, his daughter, Jean Sharff of Oelwein, his son, James of Strawberry Point, four grandchildren, Jeff and John Sargent and Randy and Lori Sharff, many nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Services were held at the United Methodist Church, July 30, 1980, with Rev. Paul Donelson conducting. Music was by Mr. Marcey Alderson. Flower bearers were Gladys Ward and Katie Kramer. Bearers were Sylvan Sargent, Lyle Sargent, Charles Kimpston, Stephen Sargent, LaVerne Sargent, and Robert Sargent. Concluding services were at Strawberry Point Cemetery. Robert Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Friends and relatives attending Ralph Sargents funeral from out of town were from: Arlington, Waterloo, Oelwein, Maynard, Dundee, Wadena, Garnavillo, Marion, Sumer, Volga, Webster City, Guttenberg, Floyd, Elkader, Manchester, Edgewood, Elgin, Elkport, Dubuque, Independence, Alburnett, Center Point, Fayette, Cedar Rapids, Woodward, Stanley, Farmersburg, and Central City.

~Obituary was found at the Strawberry Point Public Library

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