JB Routh February 25, 1922 – March 22, 2011
JB Routh, 89, of Clearfield, Iowa died March 22, 2011, at Clearview Home in Clearfield.
JB was born February 25, 1922, in Clearfield to Addis and Gladys (Bailey) Routh. He graduated from Clearfield high school in 1940. In May 1943 he joined the navy, transferring to the Seabees after boot camp and was discharged in December 1945. He married Dorothy Clarey on May 23, 1946 at Olathe, Kansas. They operated a produce business and a hardware store in Clearfield for 25 years. He was a member of the Clearfield United Methodist Church, the Platte River Sports Complex, Ducks Unlimited and was a former member of the Clearfield Lions Club.
Survivors include his daughters, Janet Becker of Hedrick, Iowa and Kathy Butler of Diagonal, Iowa; five grandchildren, Jason (Melissa) Butler of Creston, Iowa, Chris (Sarah) Becker of Ottumwa, Iowa, Jennifer (James) Tull of Diagonal, Iowa, Julie (Andy) Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa and Joni (Jeremy) Gillam of Creston, Iowa; six great-grandchildren, Blake Butler, Gavin and Haylee Gillam, Landon and Emma Becker and Jasper Johnson; brothers, Ronnie (Bonnie) Routh of Creston, Iowa, Bernard (Marilyn) Routh of Whiting, Iowa and Bill (Anna) Routh of Coffee Creek, Montana; sister, Gwen (Spencer) Sandeman of Creston, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Martha Routh of Cresco, Iowa and Mary Lou Schlapia of Boulder, Colorado; special friend, Bette Frakes of Owasso, Oklahoma, and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Dorothy; his parents; brothers, Mick and Richard, and infant sister, Betty.
A memorial, to be determined at a later date, has been established in his name.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Friday, March 25, 2011, with Rev. Eydie Stephens officiating. Memories were by Rev. Al Rusk and Joe Routh. Pianist was Patty Parrish.
Casket bearers included Jason and Melissa Butler, Chris and Sarah Becker, Jennifer and James Tull, Julie and Andy Johnson, Joni and Jeremy Gillam and Joe Routh.
Honorary pallbearers were Matt Routh, Lincoln Parrish, Brett Routh, John Parrish, Frank Gunsolley, Don Howard and Fred Wilson.
Military rites were by Woodside Post #97.
JB was laid at rest in the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield.