Jack D. Argotsinger
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Jack D. Argotsinger of Nevada, Iowa died peacefully on July 31, 2013 at the Israel Hospice House in Ames, Iowa from PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). He was 85. Visitation will be at the Chet Ryan Mortuary, 708 Fifth Street in Nevada on Sunday, August 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral services will be at the First United Methodist Church, 1036 7th Street in Nevada on Monday, August 5th at 10:30 a.m. Burial, with military rites, will immediately follow the service at the Nevada Municipal Cemetery.
Jack was born at home in Harlan, Iowa on December 4, 1927 to Ora F. and Carrie Norgaard Argotsinger. He graduated from Harlan High School in 1946 and immediately entered the United States Navy. Following his discharge, he attended Iowa State Teachers College and the University of Iowa. On August 16, 1952 he married Marilyn V. Olson in Mapleton, Iowa. Jack taught in Melvin, Villisca and West Branch school systems before moving to Nevada in 1959. There, he taught high school history and began the girls basketball program. He was a 50-year member of the Lions Club, and a lifetime member of the National Education Association and the Iowa State Education Association. He attended the First United Methodist Church. Jack ran the scorer's table clock for Nevada football and basketball games for over 40 years. After retirement in 1990, he and Marilyn took several trips, especially enjoying the trip to Norway and Germany in 2006.
Jack loved all sports, especially baseball, basketball and football. He was an avid UNI Panther fan and very proud of his children and grandchildren. He had a keen sense of humor, loved coaching and competition, enjoyed a good joke and especially loved listening to Marilyn play the piano.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; children Jeff (Betsy) of Lenexa, Kansas, Julie (David) Larson of Tipton, Iowa and Jamie (Barb) of Lee's Summit, Missouri. Grandchildren Carrie Larson, Chelsey Miller (Erik), Jennifer Argotsinger, Matthew Argotsinger, Emily Argotsinger, Kerstie Larson, Jill Argotsinger, Ryan Argotsinger and Andrew Argotsinger; Sister-in-laws Maribelle Betterton (Richard) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Opal Olson of Mapleton, Iowa; Jeanette Argotsinger of Waterloo, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brother Victor E. Argotsinger in 1996.
Memorials can be directed to the Chet Ryan Mortuary in care of the Jack D. Argotsinger family in Nevada. The money will be used to establish the Coach Argotsinger scholarship fund for a Nevada High School graduate.
Chet Ryan Mortuary in Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Jack and his family.
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 2, 2013