Paul Bardole

Paul Jay Bardole

Paul Jay Bardole, son of Nathan Emandus Bardole and Nettie Alberta Bardole, was born February 6, 1913 in Rippey and died July 20, 2007 in Rippey at the age of 94 years, 5 months and 9 days.

Paul attended high school in Rippey, graduating in the class of 1930. He then attended the 4-C’s business college in Des Moines during the winter when he was not working on the farm and received his certificate.

Paul was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Hawley on August 13, 1939 at the First Methodist Church in Jefferson. Mary and Paul made their home on a farm in rural Rippey, where they raised five children -- Jay, Roy, Donald, Dick and Mary Ann. Paul and Mary left their beloved "four-square house" and moved next door to their son, Roy, in 20003. Mary died on August 19, 2004 and Paul continued to enjoy his days on the farm.

Paul had always loved farming, and in the few years he was not an active farmer, continued to enjoy gardening and flowers. He had always enjoyed traveling and rock polishing.

Paul was a solid rock in his church. He served in many capacities including teaching Sunday School most of his adult life, Sunday School Superintendent; being a Lay Speaker and on each and every board. Paul had been a member of the choir, and his family remembers him singing in a trio with Tom and Pink Grow for many occasions including funerals. Paul had been a youth leader for many, many years and shared his love of God, music, and travel with those at nursing homes, hospitals and the county home.

Paul had participated in Community theater. Paul was a long time member of the Lions Club where he had served in every office several times. Paul was past president of the Rippey School Board. He had been a director of the Greene County Medical Center for thirty years, and served twelve of those years as Chairman. Paul had enjoyed his many years of involvement with the Green County Historical Society and was currently attending those functions.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary; infant twin brother and sister; his twin brother at birth and brothers Harry, Howard, and Clark.