Mr. Abel T. McCleary
- July 30, 1917 - July 17, 2012
- Ankeny, Iowa
of Abel's Passing
- In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Ankeny Historical Society.
301m S.W. 3rd Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
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“Doreen, Melvin, Norman
We extend our sympathy to each of you and hope that you will find comfort knowing that your parents are again together. ...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Suzanne Taylor Martinez - Tavares, FL
“We are so sorry for your loss. But how wonderful that your children had their grandparents for a long time and that your mother and father had such...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: The Ahern Family - Ankeny, IA
“Abe was truly my kidding, joking, friend. He always teased me about wearing a pink nightie, that he never saw, and I never owned. When Ray & I...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Deanna Stuart Darrah - Waverly, IA
“Dear Doreen, Melvin, and Norman,
I have such special and sweet memories of my visiting with you in Ankeny, and of the visiting here in Carmel. Your...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Carol Imwalle - Carmel, CA
“We were so sorry to hear the news. We've many memories of Abe and Lucille ... always a welcoming smile, always a wonderful memory story shared,...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Ron and Jackie Callanan - TX
“Childhood memories were waiting for a picture of the McCleary family at Christmas time. My Mother collected them all and we watched the family grow...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Janean Parmenter Faux - MO
“My sympathies to you Mel, as well as sister Doreen and brother Norman and all of you families. I met Abe only once but it was a good time at the Clay...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Karl Gilbertson - cEDAR fALLS, IA
“I'm so sorry I could not make it to the visitation and grave side services. I have so many great memories of Uncle Abe. He was a great man and always...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Cyndi Hall - Columbia, MO
“Sorry, I am unable to attend the visitation tonight. I'll always remember Abe as being very talkative and vocal at the McCleary reunions. Also...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Aho - Rockwell City, IA
“I will always remember Abe as such a friendly happy person. The first time I met him was here in Kalispell as he and Lucille were traveling through....Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Sandi Johnson - Kalispell, MT
“My Mom (Linda Graham), and I were very sorry to hear of Abe's passing. My grandmother(Leona Currier) was Abe's cousin and she had passed away last...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Patrick Graham - Ames
Abel T. McCleary, 94, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny, Iowa. A visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.). A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday July 19, at Greenwood Friends Cemetery, on Oralabor Road, in Ankeny.
Abel was born on his parents' farm in Bondurant, Iowa on July 30, 1917 to Walter Ellis and Nora Aldora McCleary. He graduated from Bondurant High School in 1935.
He married Lucille Irene Sexauer on March 15, 1941 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They lived on a farm near Bondurant, Iowa until Abel was drafted into the United States Army, March 1942. Abel served overseas in World War II in Africa, Italy, and Germany.
After World War II, Abel and Lucille moved to Ankeny to start a family in what is now the Ankeny Historical Society House. Lucille and Abel owned and operated McCleary Shoes in Ankeny from 1958 to 1984.
Abe was a farmer and owned McCleary Corn Shelling and Trucking. He enjoyed going to Casey's for coffee every day and visiting with the guys. He taught all of his grandchildren to play cribbage and he enjoyed cards with his family and friends. Abe enjoyed being a square dance caller and dancing with Lucille. He was a member of the Lions Club and Ankeny American Legion Post #42. Later he enjoyed farm shows, being with his friends and farmed until he was 89 years old.
Abel and Lucille were married 68 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Irene Sexauer McCleary, his brothers Roy McCleary and Morris McCleary, his sisters Madeline Tegtmeyer and Darlene England.
Abel is survived by his children, Doreen (Lawrence) Gillespie of Nevada, Melvin (Sandy) McCleary of Waverly, and Norman (Deb) McCleary of Ankeny, seven Grandchildren, four Great-Grandchildren and a host of beloved friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ankeny Historical Society (301 S.W. 3rd St. Ankeny, Ia).