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Grace Irene Countryman


Grace Irene Countryman, 89, of Tipton, died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in the Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, with the Rev. Ronald Lashmit officiating. Burial will follow in the Tipton Masonic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fry's. A memorial fund in her name has been established for Camp Courageous. Online condolences and floral orders may be placed at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Grace was born on Sept. 10, 1928, in Scott County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Camille and Marie Petersen Seys. On June 1, 1947, Grace was united in marriage to Robert Lee Countryman in the Lutheran Church in Tipton. Grace was a homemaker and caregiver. She worked at Bud's Super Valu, Schultz Brothers, Al's Meet-n-Eat and Frank Magid. Grace, at age 75, together with Gerry Schilling, became an EMT-A and volunteered for the Tipton Ambulance for several years. She also served as president of Arc. She continued to be active until her health declined and then she lived at Leland R. Smith Assisted Living in Wilton, Iowa, and the Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty, Iowa.
Grace is survived by her children, Carol (Dave) Bradley of West Liberty, Iowa, Nancy (Dan) Pruess of Marshalltown, Iowa, and David Countryman of Tipton, Iowa; sister, Madeline Andress of Silvis, Ill.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Jim Trcka of Tipton, Iowa.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Camille and Marie Seys; husband, Robert Countryman; three sisters, Christine Eserhaut, Caroline Hendricks and Florence Kress; daughter, Camellia Trcka; grandson, John Turner; and baby sister, Margaret Seys.