Ernest Harlan Claypool, 82, died March 9, 2020 at the Wapello County Hospice in Ottumwa. He was born November 22, 1937 near North English, Iowa to Kenneth William and Margaret Cora Holderness Claypool. He attended school in North English and served in the United States Navy. He was married to Sharon Flynn, they later divorced. On June 10, 1988 he married Mable (Bodeman) Pringle in Washington, Iowa. Ernie worked at Amana Refrigeration for 7 years, worked as a farm hand near Brooklyn and later worked 26 years at River Product Quarry retiring in 2004. They lived in Washington and moved to Ottumwa in 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mable on April 3, 2019, step-son Danny Pringle, four brothers Merlin, Bill, Norman and Ronald Claypool and one sister Evelyn Osweiler.
He is survived by his daughter Connie (Tom) Wide of Washington, IA, step daughters Cathy (Jack) Maletta of Ottumwa, Cindy Pringle of Prairie City, Kelly (Mark) Fitzsimmon of Red Wind MN, 14 grandchildren Brittany (Andy) Rogers, Jamie Wide, Ryan Moode, Jessica (Grant) Jordan, Adam (Alicia) Moode, Chris (Trish) Clingan, Cody Clingan, Brady Pringle, Dayton Pringle, Allison Fitzsimmons, Nathan Fitzsimmons, Marissa Fitzsimmons, Stacy Walters, 9 great-grandchildren, one sister Lorene DeWitte of Brooklyn, many nieces and nephews.
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