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NEWTON, Robert E. 1880–1942


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler, Volunteer (email)
Date: 3/14/2013 at 10:24:26

Respected Citizen Is Called Beyond Friday

The Conrad community was saddened by the loss of a highly respected citizen, R. E. Newton, Friday morning. Mr. Newton died at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown after a lingering illness.

Robert E. Newton, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Newton, was born at Brooklyn, Iowa, June 16, 1880 and passed away Oct. 9, 1942 at the age of 62 years, three months and 23 days.

On Aug. 8, 1900, he was united in marriage with Miss Edith Kann at Brooklyn. To this union were born two sons, Clyde and Earle, and one daughter Gladys.

Mr. Newton came to Conrad in February 1921, and started the Conrad Creamery and Produce Co., which he operated until he retired in 1937.

He took an active part in the affairs of the community, always ready to help in anything that would be of benefit to the community. He served for 14 years as a member of the town council. He was a member of the Masonic lodge.

Mr. Newton was a kind, sympathetic man. He was always ready with a word of encouragement, and his generous dealings with his customers were a part of his personality.

He is survived by his wife, six brothers, two sons, Clyde D. and Earle R., both of Conrad, and one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Patten of Earlham, and three grandchildren, Donna Patten, and Roger and Jerry Newton; other relatives and a host of friends. Two brothers and his sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Conrad Methodist church with Rev. E. C. Allen in charge. Burial was in the Conrad cemetery.

Roman Lodge A.F. & A.M. had charge of services at the grave.

Casket bearers were W. G. Lounsberry, Chas. Sharp, George Lister, Calvin Crouse, Dwight Ray and Chas. Stepp.

Among the relatives and friends attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Elige Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Dunton, Homer Newton, Ray Newton, Mrs. Jack Warfel, Mrs. Balzer Kriegal, Frank Kann, Mr. and Mrs. Art Kuntz and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Robey, Clarence Brooks, all of Brooklyn; Mr. and Mrs. Alta Newton and Leo Newton of Oskaloosa; Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Newton, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Newton, Marengo; Mrs. Grace Campbell, Davenport; Mrs. Wm. Stevens, Ladora; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bringmann of Deep River; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hartgrave, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hartgrave, Mt. Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hartgrave, Mrs. Ed Kleinmeyer, Ladora; Mr. and Mrs. John L. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Evans and son, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Evans, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Lineweaver, Mrs. Hazel Nichols and Mrs. Daisy Bechtel, all of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis of Earlham, and Mrs. C. B. Varnum of Iowa Falls.

--Conrad Record (Conrad, Iowa), October 15, 1942


R. E. Newton, Conrad Creamery Man, Is Dead

R. E. Newton, who established a creamery and produce business in Conrad twenty-one years ago, died at the Deaconess hospital about 7 o’clock Friday morning. He had been in failing health during the past year. He suffered from liver trouble.

Funeral services were held at the Conrad Methodist church Sunday afternoon. The services were conducted by the resident pastor, Rev. E. C. Allen. Burial was in the Conrad cemetery. There was a very large attendance at the church service.

Mr. Newton for many years was one of Conrad’s most aggressive business men. He came to Conrad in 1921 and established a creamery and produce business. Through an honest and aggressive business policy his business grew from year to year and it served a wide territory in the vicinity of Conrad. Since he retired from the business five years ago, his sons have carried on.

Mr. Newton from the time he came to Conrad took an active interest in the town’s civic affairs and was one of the prime boosters of all worthy local projects. He served as a member of the town council for 14 years.

Mr. Newton was born at Brooklyn, Iowa, June 16, 1880. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Newton, who raised a family of nine sons and one daughter. Mr. Newton was married to Miss Edith Kann at Brooklyn on August 8, 1900. The couple resided at Brooklyn until they came to Conrad in 1921.

Surviving are the wife, two sons, Clyde D. and Earl R. of Conrad. There is one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Patten from Earlham, Iowa. There are three grandchildren.

--Newspaper Unknown


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