INMAN, Carl Richard - 1922 - 1996

Carl Richard Inman, 73, Deepwater, died Friday, April 5, 1996, at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. - Carl R. Inman was born December 16, 1922, in the family home in Thurman, Ia., the youngest of three sons to Harry L. & Lillie Belle Inman. His father operated a garage at Clearmont and was a resident there since 1931 until his death December 4, 1974. His mother, Lillie Belle Kline Inman was a hardworking mother who loved her garden and caring for her husband and sons. Her popcorn balls are well remembered by all her grandchildren. She entered into rest December 25, 1985. Dad graduated from Clearmont High School as valedictorian. He and his team members excelled in basketball and I believe took state championship. I have a postcard written by Dad to his mother in August 1942. He ad traveled to Campbell, Mn., to seek work. He wrote that "In 15 minutes had seven jobs offered us. We took the best one. All three of us at one place all through shocking and threshing at $5 per day!" I believe the other two mentioned were his brothers. Dad enlisted in the Marines November 13, 1942, at Kansas City. He served his country proudly and with great honor as he did in life an din the following: Eastern New Guinea October 15, 1943 - January 11, 1944; Cape Gloucester, New Britain, January 12, 1944 - March 1, 1944; Peleliu, Palau Islands September 15, 1944 - October 14, 1944; Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, April 2, 1945 - June 21, 1945. He received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal w/3*, United National Medal, Good Conduct Medal awarded twice. He was discharged March 29, 1954, with the rank of Master Sergeant. He served with the First Marine Division. He was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves August 21, 1958. Dad worked at Armstrong Tire and Rubber in Des Monies, and attended trade school in Des Moines. He then moved his family to California. There he worked as a machinist for several years and opened his own machine shop. He carried his hard work ethic to his profession where his work was highly regarded within the industry. He retired to Deepwater. His home is on 40 acres where he could enjoy the outdoors he so loved. He was able to attend to his great love of hunting and fishing and the outdoors where he planted an orchard and attended his large garden (especially tomatoes, turnips, radishes, corn and beans). He loved those veggies, until his health restricted his activities. He was of late unable to do much, which is itself a very heavy cross to bear for such a strong determined, and proud man. Dad would love to take fishing trips to Canada and Alaska where he would share his catches of albacore and salmon with neighbors and family. He and the other gentlemen would can their catch themselves. Dad was a very proud man, staunch, forthright, honest and independent ... meticulous and a perfectionist. He was extremely intelligent and had the common sense to compliment his intelligence. He held high expectations for himself and expected the same from others. He presented a tough exterior, but to those able to see further found a friend. A true friend. His family life may have at times floundered, but there was always great respect and love throughout the deep pains and troublesome times. We seemed to understand that some men are not very good at expressing their love with words and actions, but it is nonetheless felt in the heart. I believe these past few years have been difficult for Dad, he loved his independence and rugged nature. It must be extremely difficult to have a very strong body succumb to pain and disablement, stealing away the ability to enjoy that which was truly the essence of his soul. He worked too hard, for too long, in a large city before he decided to retire to a simpler, more peaceful way of life. Only to have his health steal way the tranquility of life. Isn't it unfortunate, we don't slow down during life to truly appreciate and enjoy those things we hold so dear. Only when life itself has slowed us down, do we take time to understand what is truly of value. He adopted a stray cat, which he then lost, but not before she born him three kittens to care for. Dad and his cats, watching the world; the field, the timber, the animals, the birds feeding from his carefully tended feeders; sitting summizing the world through his sliding glass door, or just sitting out on the lawn, or watching sports, cats in his lap in his big La-Z-Boy recliner, you know, the one that fits his every body curve. Dad will be sadly missed by his good neighbors to whom he became so close to, and by his family who will forever carry him within us. We cry for his pain, and pray he finds his eternal peace, and we hope that he will smile down at us, laugh at us, cry with us, and help us as we struggle to find our sliding glass door to look through. We are blessed with many of the Inman traits passed down from generation to generation in long family line of dedicated, honest, hardworking, ordinary people that make God proud and have built this country silently, proudly. Funeral services were held under the direction of the Sickman & Dunning Funeral Home on April 8, at the Clearmont United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Geisert officiating. Organist Gertrude Smith accompanied Karen Koger in offering "Amazing Grace" as a special music selection. Burial was in the Clearmont Cemetery with Marvin Fuller, Kenneth Guthrie, Warren Evans, Burman Kelley, Jake Humphrey and Bill Humphrey serving as pallbearers.

From - Henry County Missouri Obituaries