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Lesley "Les" Sherwood

Lesley William "Les" Sherwood passed from this life on Friday, July 17, 2009, at his home in Granger, Iowa.

Les Sherwood was born March 13, 1922, in St. Joseph, MO, to George and Edna (Pittam) Sherwood. He attended Lafayette High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Sherwood served his country during World War II as an aviation machinist in the South Pacific. On a short leave home, and on a double date, he met Geraldine Ruth Jackson, a spunky school teacher from Cameron, Missouri. They married 6 weeks later on June 10, 1945. The couple spent nearly 50 years together before Ruth's death in 1995.

Mr. Sherwood served as a police officer with the St. Joseph Police Department from 1946-1956 and then worked as a salesman of large electrical equipment for the General Electric Company. With GE he moved his family to Des Moines, Iowa, for a short while in the late 50's before returning to St. Joseph. In 1962, he and his wife opened the Gambles Store on St. Joseph Avenue. Living the simple credo of honesty and hard work, Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood enjoyed over 15 years of good business before retiring in 1978.

Outside of work, Mr. Sherwood served as a deacon at Savannah Avenue Baptist Church. Les was a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and a Boy Scout Master. He was an avid fisherman, and in retirement, he and his wife split their time between St. Joseph and the Lake Ottertail area in northwestern Minnesota. Finally, in 1993, Les and Ruth sold their Missouri home on Main Street and took up full time residence in a house on a Minnesota river's bend between Rush Lake and Lake McGowan. In 2008, Les moved to Granger, Iowa, to be closer to family.

Until the time of his death, Mr. Sherwood continued to learn new skills: navigating the internet, creating greeting cards for his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and dabbling with digital photography. He continued to hone old skills: repairing clocks, fixing cars, and tuning up small and large appliances. He was a master gardener, brave serviceman, honest businessman, seasoned traveler, and a devoted family man.

Mr. Sherwood is survived by 2 daughters and one son-in-law: Patricia Ann and Paul Hartman, Johnston, IA; and Linda Sue Cote, Ft. Smith, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren: Paula, Pamela, Patresa, Jay, Crissy, Elizabeth, and Ryan; 10 great grandchildren: Tyler, Laura, Katherine, Caroline, Julia, Emily, Alyssa, Addison, Kennedy, and Evelyn; and his loyal dog, Suzy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years; his son, Lesley (Bill) Sherwood; a son-in-law, J.C. Cote; his brother, Elmer Sherwood; his sister, Julia (Susie) Danner; and a granddaughter, Stella Mae Cote.

Visitation will be 3:00-5:00 Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Gladden Stamey Funeral Home, St. Joseph, MO. Graveside Celebration of Life and Interment will be 10 A.M. Monday, July 20, 2009 at Mount Auburn Cemetery.