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Arloa Jean Wackernagle, daughter of Carl and Grace (Motsinger) Wyman, passed away on February 6, 2013 at the age of 88 years. She had been in failing health over the last year at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Arloa, was born August 16, 1924. Her parents, two brothers and a sister moved from Grant City, Missouri to a farm west of Maloy, Iowa while she was very young. Her parents and brothers drove the school bus, pulled by horses, which left early to pick up other kids and got home late. They had no electricity so they studied by lamp light. As a child, she helped raise chickens, collect eggs, milk cows, rake hay with the horses and lead the hay horses to put hay in the barn.

On February 15, 1944, she married Iver Wackernagle. To this union were born S.C. (Jack) Wackernagle of Bedford, Iowa and Vicki O’Conner of Altoona, Iowa.

She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, playing cards, bowling and mowing her yard. She played cards and board games with her grandkids. She always had a good meal or snack ready for her visitors or family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Tom O’Conner; brothers, Billy and Junior Wyman; sister, Virginia Brown; brother-in-law, Kenneth Brown, and sister-in-law, Hope Wyman.

Survivors include her children, Jack (Debbie) Wackernagle of Bedford, Iowa and Vicki O’Conner of Altoona, Iowa; grandchildren, Gary (Olivia) Wackernagle, Amy (Tyler) Sheeley, John (Gracie) O’Conner and Melissa Grange; great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Iver Wackernagle, Cassidy (O’Conner) Hernandez, Shelbi O’Conner, Johnny O’Conner, Iver O’Conner, Tanna (Grange) Cortes, Taylor Grange, Travis Grange and Tomi O’Conner; great-great-grandchildren, Jaden, Adrian, Lionna and Tiago, and sister-in-law, Betty Wyman.

Services were held at the Christian Church in Clearfield on Saturday, February 9, 2013, with Pastor Sherry Wiley officiating. Musical selections were ‘San Antonio Rose,’ ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Holes In The Floor Of Heaven.’

Casket bearers included Mark Dalton, George Haidsiak, Randall Nickle, Jerry Brown, Ken DeVoe and Bob Bailey.

Burial was in the Clearfield Cemetery in  Clearfield.

A memorial fund has been established to the HCI Care Services. 

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