Archie Lathrop

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Archie Doyle Lathrop, age 89, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother passed away March 07th, 2013. He was born January 17th, 1924 in Sloane, Iowa to Arthur and Lettie Lathrop, the fifth of ten children. He married Ardis Vina McDonald, the love of his life, on January 26th, 1946 in Sloan, Iowa. They were married 66 wonderful years and had seven daughters.

He began working on the farm with his Dad and brothers at a very young age like so many others during that time. Throughout middle and high school years, he also worked in town at several local businesses, saved for and bought his first bicycle, riding more than twenty miles each day to and from school, his jobs, and home. He welcomed hard work, and was always full of the promise of life, and the joy of each day. He enlisted in the Navy after High School, and along with the other selectees joined a group of young men known as the Iowa Lucky Thirteen sent to Naval Boot Camp for a new elite landing craft division. He operated boats on first wave landings, carrying troops, tanks, radio, and communications equipment. He went on several cruises on USS Midway and others, and later was stationed with his family in Newfoundland where he contracted polio. Severely ill unable to continue his military career, he retired with honors and after several months in the hospital returned home to Onawa, Iowa and immediately went to work and very ably continued to support his growing family in spite of his limitations. He was an amazing man and we've always been very proud of him. He managed a local business, was the city Postmaster, tried his hand at politics running for office, and after moving his family to California in 1963 worked at Edgington Oil Company until retiring in 1980. His wife and daughters were his world. He knew Jesus as his savior and was a spiritual man. He was a good husband and loved being a Dad. He was strong and protective, loved to tease (Too bad, so sad, your Dad), and was a softie (at heart).

Dad enjoyed being with family, and travelling anywhere, as long as Mom was by his side. He also enjoyed hunting wild turkeys or pheasants, fishing for trout and catfish, watching politics or old westerns on television, refinishing old and antique furniture, playing and usually winning at cribbage, table poker and back-alley bridge, barbecuing for a crowd, and making his famous chili, beef stew, or upon request, his oyster dressing on holidays.

Dad would want me to say that he was a staunch life-long conservative Democrat. He was patriotic and very optimistic about his Country. He enjoyed the debate on all sides and kept up with and followed the political process very closely throughout his life. He and Mom were very proud to vote in the 2012 election via absentee ballots, and to watch the conventions. They volunteered as delegates in the late '50's and '60's, and were selected and took part in the Iowa state caucuses, and at the convention working for the John F. Kennedy campaign. We're very proud of their community involvement.

He is survived by daughters; Sandra (Pete) Kozak, Jane Claypool, Deborah (Ken) Neighbarger, Robin (Greg) Phelps, Renee' (Lonnie) Mitchell, and Kellie (Jeff) Shirk, thirteen grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, brothers Fritz, Art, and Bob, sisters Ila Mae Storm and Myrtle Johnson, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ardis on October 22nd, 2012, daughter Mary Kay in 2001, his parents, three brothers, one sister, and a great grandson.

The Crossing - - Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home. Twilight and evening bell and after that the dark! And may there be no sadness or farewell, When I embark; For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place the flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face, when I have crossed the bar. (`Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

An excerpt from The Sailor's Sea Prayer - - He calmed the Storm to a gentle breeze, and the rage of the sea was stilled. They were joyful that the Seas were calmed and that He brought them to their peaceful destination. (Psalm 107)

Funeral arrangements are made under the direction of Heideman Hughes Mortuary. The family would like to extend gratitude to the wonderful nurses and aides at Red Cliffs Regional Care Center and to Dixie Hospice for the exceptional love and care they gave Dad. A Service is scheduled at the Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada. Chaplain Dennis has offered to officiate. Donations may be made in Dad's name, to .

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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Mar. 15, 2013
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