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Bernard R. Routh, 81, of Whiting, Iowa entered into rest Friday, July 12, 2013, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa.

     Bernard Roe was born December 20, 1931 in Clearfield, Iowa, the son of Addis and Gladys ‘Sue’ (Bailey) Routh.  He graduated from Clearfield high school.

     Bernard was united in marriage to Marilyn Stewart on August 16, 1964 in Clearfield, Iowa.

     Bernard was employed many years at Burgess Memorial Hospital as a payroll clerk, maintenance manager and served with the Burgess ambulance. He was also a bookkeeper for Moss Nursing Home and a manager at IGA grocery store, all in Onawa. He then became office manager at ANSCO Seed at Whiting for 20 years until he retired at the age of 78.

     He loved playing the electric organ at several churches.

     Survivors include his wife of almost 49 years, Marilyn (Stewart) Routh of Whiting, Iowa; two sons, David Edward Routh of Sioux City, IA and John Anthony ‘Tony’ of Onawa, Iowa; two brothers, Bill (Anna) Routh of Coffee Creek, Montana and Ronnie (Bonnie) Routh of Creston, Iowa; one sister, Gwen (Spencer) Sandeman of Creston, Iowa, and a sister-in-law, Martha Routh of Cresco, Iowa.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, J. B. (Dorothy) Routh, Richard Routh and Mick Routh, and an infant sister, Betty. 

A memorial fund has been established in his name. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Friday, July 19, 2013, with Pastor Bill Armstrong officiating. Musicians were Patty Parrish and Grace Warin.

Honorary pallbearers included Joe Routh, Mike Routh, Brett Routh, Barry Sandeman, Bob Routh, Don Routh, Kyle Routh, Daniel Stewart, Chris Stewart, Jeff Combs and Vic Combs.

Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield. 

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