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Russell Ray Comstock

Russell Ray Comstock was born in Madrid in 1905, and lived in this vicinity all of his life. He was the son of George and Nancy A. Comstock.

As a young man, he started work in the coal mine, and worked there until the mine closed.

During World War II, he worked at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant. After the War, he went to work for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Plant in Des Moines and worked there until his retirement.

He married Eva Barrow, of Madrid, and twin sons, Russell, Jr. and Robert, were born to them in 1941. Russell was a member of the Christian Church. He passed away in 1969, and is buried in Fairview Cemetery.

Eva (Barrow) Comstock was born in 1916, in Chilton, Wisconsin, and moved to Madrid in 1924. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1934. Before her marriage, she taught country school, and worked for the telephone company. After her sons' graduation, she was employed by the City State Bank, in Madrid, and worked there until her retirement in 1980. She is a member of the Christian Church, Rebekah, Royal Neighbors, and for several years, belonged to the National Association of Bank Women. Russell John Comstock, Jr. and Robert George Comstock were born in Madrid in 1941. They graduated from Madrid High School in 1959. After attending one semester at Buena Vista College, they started to work for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Des Moines. Russell, Jr., still works there. He married Anita Joyce Comstock, formerly of Nebraska, and they have five children: Joni (1964); Julie (1966); Suzi (1968); Russell III (1969), and James (1971). Anita Joyce Comstock is employed at the 3M Company in Ames, and the family resides in Slater. Both Russell, Jr. and Anita are registered pastors in Christian Ministries.

Robert Comstock's first marriage was to Joyce Kitchen, of Jordan, and to that marriage were born daughter, Lori (1961) and son David (1964). Following the dissolution of their marriage, Robert was drafted into the Army. Before being sent to Vietnam, he married Judy Cullberg of Paton. He was wounded in Vietnam, and, after spending 17 months in hospitals in Japan and in Denver, Colorado, he was honorably discharged for his disability. He and his wife moved to Ankeny, where they still reside. He attended D.M.A.CC, Grandview College, and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines. He is now employed as a revenue agent, working for the Internal Revenue Service, out of Des Moines.

Robert's wife, Judy, is a former school teacher, and at present is a homemaker. She is involved in church activities and youth groups. The family belongs to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. They have three daughters: Lisa, born 1970; Darcie, born 1973; and Jenny, born in 1978.

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