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Clinton McNaught - June 11, 2009


Clinton W. McNaught, 80, of Afton, Iowa, died Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Clinton Ward McNaught, son of George Washington McNaught and Anna Louise (Polak) McNaught was born Dec. 29, 1928 in Dundy Co., Neb.
Clinton was educated in the Rollwitz Country School, Benkelman High School and graduated from Parks, Neb. High School as Valedictorian in 1946.
He continued his education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1952.
Clinton also served his country in the Nebraska Air National Guard from 1948 to 1952.
On April 19, 1952 Clinton married Dorothy Louise Kuhlman in Grand Island, Neb.
While on the McNaught ranch in Dundy Co., Neb., Clinton applied his Technical Science degree in Agriculture. Seeing a need for a well driller in the area, he engineered and fabricated a rotary well-drilling rig and began a sideline of drilling stock wells and erecting windmills in southwest Nebraska in 1957. He expanded with a commercial drilling rig and later drilled irrigation wells.
During the 14 years on the ranch, Clinton and Dorothy started their family with three children: Ray, John and Susan. Clinton brought the 4400 acre ranch from dry land to irrigated production, and tripled the cowherd capacity.
In 1965 they visited Iowa, and in 1966 the young family moved to Union County, Iowa, where they have owned and operated a combination crop and livestock farm. In 1971 their family was completed with the birth of daughter, Amy.
After a tractor rollover accident in the middle 1970’s, Clinton was unable to do the farm and livestock work due to compression fractures of his spine which continued to pain him the rest of his life. Finding a need for a dependable driller in the seismograph drilling oil fields, in 1979 he purchased a new 1400 Gardner Denver drill rig.
From 1979 through 1982 Clinton, Dorothy and Amy traveled the Rocky Mountain oil patch from northern Montana to southern Utah, living in an RV, and moving every two to six weeks, contracted to Sheehan Exploration. John and his wife, Debra, worked with them for two of the years. Ray and Jerry cared for the farm and livestock. These were years of farming economic hard times.
When the drilling shut down in 1982, they returned to their Iowa farm. Clinton was a pioneer in the drilling and installation of ground heat loops for heating and cooling buildings. In 1983, he was the driller for the ground source heat loop system in Terra Haute, Ind., which was the largest system in the United States at that time. He continued this drilling until about five years ago when he had his right shoulder repaired.
Clinton was a faithful steward of that which was in his care. The fields were cared for with regard for future generations, and good yields were received.
The cattle were cared for with soft words and gentleness, and the cows met him when he approached. To move the cattle from one pasture to another, he led them with a bale of hay on the back of the tractor, or a bucket of sections of ear corn, and they followed where he led them. Even when he was not well, he would be outside feeding them at the expected times.
Clinton was dedicated to doing things “right” and in an economical way, making use of materials available. He was a faithful husband and father, dedicated to the welfare of his family.
He was a long time member of the Lutheran Church, active member of the Gideons International Creston Camp and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Clinton is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Susan (husband Jerry) Young of Afton, Iowa and Amy McNaught (husband Michael Crenshaw) of Lincoln, Neb. and Indianapolis, Ind.; two sons, Ray (wife Helen) McNaught of Afton, Iowa and John (wife Debra) McNaught of Alvo, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson; three sisters, Donice (husband Richard) Bruner and Marian Hatfield, both of Sun City, Ariz. and Jean Reese of Phoenix, Ariz. and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held Monday, June 8, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., at the Salem Lutheran Church in Creston, Iowa with Pastor Robert Solberg officiating.
Burial was at the Greenlawn Cemetery northeast of Afton, Iowa.
A Masonic service was held Sunday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Powers Funeral Home in Creston, Iowa.
Memorials can be made to the Afton Fire Department, Gideon International or Global Health Ministries. Online condolences may be given under the obituary category at www.powersfh.com.