BASCO, Ill. -- Nathan Adam Earls, 33, of Basco, died Tuesday (Nov. 20, 2012) in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, with his wife and father by his side.
He was born on March 8, 1979, in Carthage. He is a son of Danny Del Earls and Connie Jean Shipe Earls Rampley Wear, who survive.
Nathan attended schools in Carthage and Warsaw and graduated from Carthage High School. He had worked at Pinnacle Foods in Fort Madison, Iowa. He married his soul mate, Frani Estes Earls on Dec. 10, 2011, at their home in Basco, where she resides.
They have two dogs that run the house, Duke and Ellie. Nathan was always talking Frani into one of his "great ideas" and of course his friends and family were always a part of them also, from late night runs to Wal-Mart to pick up RC cars and then building racetracks for them in the shop to building an outhouse in their bathroom and using a stock tank for a shower. Only he could make that look awesome.
He was one of a kind with a personality that would light up any room. He would spend hours telling people exaggerated stories just to make them laugh. He was a hardworking man and he loved to go to work and share his stories about his "crazy" wife to pass the time and no one was ever sure if they were true or something that he cooked up for the day. Not one person was ever allowed to hang up the phone before telling him "I love you" back and then he would always respond with a colorful word and laugh and laugh.
If you knew Nathan, you knew his favorite things were tormenting his wife and dogs, spending time with friends and family, playing guitar, getting tattoos, riding his motorcycle and RZR, target shooting, remote control toys, participating in the South Basco Swim Club, Chocolate Dippin' Dots and Frani's pot stickers that he always wanted cooked late at night.
Nathan served in the Army
National Guard for more than 14 years, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, he was awarded the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal.
Nathan is survived by his wife of Basco; his father of Basco; his mother of Carthage; a brother, Kristen Clay Earls of Basco; two sisters, Stephanie Danelle (Galen) Briggs of New Virginia, Iowa, and McKenzie Lee Rampley of Carthage; a paternal grandmother, Bonnie Earls of Basco; and aunts and uncles, Penny and Randy Weigandt of Moline, Cindy and Steve Rohrer of Moline, Marcia and Dale Johnson of Basco, Karlene Lange of Burlington, Iowa, Sandra Bavery of Warsaw, Dale and Becky Shipe of Warsaw, and Gail and Travis Schulte of Keokuk, Iowa. He is also survived by many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ervin Earls and Curtis Shipe; his grandmother, Lucy Shipe Rackley; his stepgrandfather, James Rackley; and an uncle, Gene Earls.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in Hamilton High School in Hamilton, with Chaplain Sealoff conducting. Burial will be in South Cemetery, Basco, with full military honors.
VISITATION: 2 p.m. today with family meeting friends between 4 and 8 p.m. in the Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home of Hamilton.
MEMORIALS: In memory of Nathan Adam Earls.
ARRANGEMENTS: Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home, Hamilton.
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