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Arthur Paul Ovrom, 90, of Keosauqua died Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Keosauqua Health Care Center from complications of progressive supranuclear palsy.
Art was born May 31, 1926, in Gary, South Dakota, to Fred E. and Blanche Thompson Ovrom. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary; children Eliza Ovrom and husband Mark Schuling of Des Moines, Fred Ovrom and wife Maureen Connolly of Iowa City, Jennie Ferretti and husband David of Charleston, West Virginia, Dorothy "Dodie" Jabour and husband John of Clive, and Arthur Paul "Paul" Ovrom, Jr. and wife Stephenie of Des Moines; thirteen grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren; his sister, Betty Perkins, of Keosauqua; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Evelyn "Trink" Manning and her husband John; brother-in-law C.R. "Dick" Perkins; and granddaughter Mary Ferretti.
Art obtained his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Iowa. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. He spent his career working at Farmer State Bank (now 1st Iowa State Bank) in Keosauqua, where he served as president. He was involved in many community organizations in Keosauqua, served as treasurer of the Keosauqua Congregational Church, and was involved as an actor and director in many local community theater productions.
Visitation will be at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, with family present from 5:00 to 7:00. Funeral services will be held at the Congregational Church, Keosauqua, at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 with the Rev.Herb Shafer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Van Buren Community Foundation, the Keosauqua Congregational Church, or the charity of your choice c/o Liza Ovrom, 500 Glenview Dr., Des Moines, IA 50312.
Published on April 28, 2017
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