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STAATS, Lorn A. 1897-1951


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 17:38:16

Lorn Staats Dies Of Heart Ailment

Lorn Staats, age 54, died Thursday evening at the Veterans hospital in Des Moines, following a heart attack. He was stricken with a heart ailment May 18, 1951, and although he was active in recent months in the conduct of his business, he never completely regained his former strength. He had owned and operated the Grundy Cafe for the past five years. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Ferree Chapel, with burial in the Grundy Cemetery.

Lorn A. Staats was born June 12, 1897, at Wapello, Iowa, the son of Samantha and Elmer Staats. He was one of 14 children, seven of whom are still living. All are residents of Iowa, living at Muscatine, Wapello and Davenport and Buffalo.

After attending school at Wapello, Iowa, he entered army service in 1918, receiving his discharge from the army in March, 1919. He served as a cook in the U.S. Army, and eventually he entered the restaurant business.

He was married at Tipton June 17th, 1922 to Maye Briggle. Two children were born to this marriage. One daughter, Dixie, passed away in infancy. He is survived by his other daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Siemsen of Grundy Center.

Following service in the army, Lorn Staats was employed by several canning companies. He was associated with the Iowa Canning Company at Wapello, Shellsburg and West Liberty, before joining the Marshall Canning Company at Grundy Center 16 years ago.

He purchased the Merry Maye Cafe in Grundy Center in 1944, selling it in December 1945. In April 1946 he purchased the Grundy Cafe and was engaged in a successful Cafe operation until the time of his death.

Lorn Staats was an active member of the Grundy Center American Legion. He was greatly interested in all types of sports, hunting and fishing.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 22 November 1951, pg 1


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