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Funeral Service: Will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. United Methodist Church in Cumberland with burial in the Victoria Township Cemetery, south of Massena, Iowa. Pastor Casey Pelzer will officiate the service. A luncheon will follow the burial at the Cumberland Community Building.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends at the church one hour prior to services.
Memorials: To Cumberland United Methodist Church.
Carl LeRoy Symonds was born December 18, 1919, in Victoria Township, Cass County, Iowa, the son of Ernest John and Mary Angelina (Walker) Symonds. He passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center, Iowa, at the age of 94.
Carl was raised and grew up in Massena. He attended school through the eighth grade at the Victoria Township Country School. He was united in marriage to Bernice Rich on August 12, 1940, in Maryville, Missouri. To this union four children were born: Patricia, Shirley, Robert and Richard. They farmed from 1953 to 2000.
Carl raised registered Herefords, enjoyed wood working, sports, traveling and his love was farming. He was a member of the Cumberland United Methodist Church, Cumberland Lions Club, Cumberland Co-op, American Hereford Association and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Russell, Robert, Dale, Francis and an infant brother; and sister, Belle Holste.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Symonds; two daughters, Patricia Jackson (Don) of West Des Moines and Shirley Stephenson (Kent) of Lake Panorama; two sons, Robert Symonds (Kathy) of Council Bluffs and Richard Symonds (Julie Haney) of Omaha; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; sister, Lois Carlisle of Griswold; brother, Bill Symonds (Karen) of Clear Lake, Iowa; sister-in-law, LaVonne Symonds of Corning; other relatives and friends.
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