Roscoe V. Small of Le Mars passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. Rev. John Battern officiated. Military honors were conducted by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion. Burial followed at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.
Roscoe Verlin Small was born on February 27, 1927, in Akron one of 15 children born to Avery and Grace (Stinton) Small. He attended high school in Akron and assisted his parents at their auto service station. Along with driving truck and auto work, Roscoe worked at the local movie theater. On October 16, 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army. Roscoe served overseas in China where he was a general overseer of the engineering motor pool. After contracting malaria, he was discharged on December 15, 1946.
Following his service, Roscoe returned home to Akron and back to the family business. On one of his truck deliveries to the Co-Op in Le Mars he met Evelyn Donlin who worked there as a bookkeeper. Roscoe and Evelyn were united in marriage on August 10, 1948, in Le Mars. They made their first home in Le Mars. Roscoe took a position with Luken Furniture where he received the nickname “Junior.” Along with the furniture business, he assisted with the Luken Ambulance Service. Roscoe continued work in the furniture business when it changed hands and became Custom Interiors. When the furniture store closed he went to work at Evan’s Clothing. During those years he worked part-time at Shuff’s Apco. When Walmart came to Le Mars Roscoe jumped right in and went to work. He continued working until his health forced him to retire.
Roscoe was a member of the United Methodist Church of Le Mars where he ushered and served in many capacities. He enjoyed golfing and playing cards. As a member of a large, close knit family growing up, Roscoe lived by example and rarely missed his own children’s activities or sporting events. This carried through with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as family was the center of his life.
Grateful to have shared his life are his daughters, Gail Grosenheider and her husband Bill of Casper, WY, Janet Van Leeuwen and her husband Jim, Kim Westergard and her husband Mike, and Vicki Livermore and her husband Mike all of Le Mars; a son, Kevin Small and his wife Tammy of Le Mars; grandchildren, Lori, Chris, Dawn, Jennifer, Julie, Dave, Nick, Alex, Jake, Adam, Ross, Aaron, Adam, Tyler and Tanner; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Stephanie, Michael, Christopher, Meghan, Caitlin, Jonathan, Emily, Braden, Jada, Lennan, Mason, Evan, Bella, Lily, Gabe, Tyler, Leah, Turner, Carly, Nadiya and Major; great-great-grandchildren, Alicia, Hunter and David; a sister, Ramona Govig of Chicago, IL, brothers and their wives, James and Edith Small, Gayland and Selma Small both of Akron, Clinton and Kay Small of Dunlap, IA; sisters-in-law, Jo Small of Akron, Marilyn Small of Sioux City, Jeanette Small of Big Springs, TX, Claudia Small of Des Moines, IA, Lorraine Becker of Des Moines; a brother-in-law and his wife, Dale and Pat Donlin of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Sharon Donlin of Harlan, IA; and a special family friend Marie Singer of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn on March 1, 2011; infant sister, Karen; infant brother, William; sisters and their spouses, Vernice and Basil Blum, Wilma and Lyle Baldwin; brothers and their spouses, Kenneth and Evelyn Small, Ivyl and Phyllis Small, Eldon Small, Clayton Small, Fay Small and Vernard Small; a sister-in-law, Burma Small; and a brother-in-law Robert Govig.