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Raphael And Joan Mack Family

  Raphael Henry Paul, youngest child of Lewis Bernard and Anna Isabel (Curry) Mack, was born in Corning, Iowa July 21, 1930.
  Joan Haley, the youngest child of Paul E. and Sadie (Peterson) Haley was born at Nodaway, Iowa January 19, 1931.
  Joan and Ray attended Corning Schools and both graduated with the class of 1948. Joan's elementary education included Nodaway, Prescott and rural schools and she attended Creston Community College prior to teaching elementary in Carbon and Rural Jasper Schools.
  They were married in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Corning by Rev. M.J. Powers January 21, 1950. To this union three children were born. Patrick Paul who died in infancy, Michael Lewis, born January 1, 1953 and Jane Marie, August 7, 1954.
  Joan and brothers Glen and Lloyd were reared on farms in Adams County. Ray and brothers Robert and Francis and sister Mary Margaret (Lenz) were brought up in the hardware business, helping dad and uncle (Leo Curry) in Curry and Mack Hardware during "off school" hours.
  Ray worked for brother Bob in the "Mack Billiards and Tavern" from 1950 to 1954 at which time they purchased the business.
  In 1960, with the help from many friends, Joan and Ray opened the "Red Bull Club" in the lower level of the tavern. In 1963 they were asked to manage the Bedford Country Club and in that year opened this club to the public, known as the Taylor House.
  The Macks were active in Civic Activities. Through the Chamber of Commerce, Ray labored to coordinate the county, city, school and fair board to build the lighted combination baseball, softball, football fields at the Fairgrounds, and later while a city councilman, initiated programs to use Lake Binder for water sports and to build the paved tennis courts near the swimming pool. Dr. Harold Muschamp, Carl Zimmerman, and Ray attended one of the first meetings (Afton, Iowa) to see if any funds might be available to build a lake in the Walter's Creek water shed. Being a lifelong sports enthusiast, Ray played with the Corning Merchants baseball and guard basketball teams and along with Joan, enjoyed golf and was president of Happy Hollow Country Club.
  In 1966, the Macks, sold their businesses in Corning and Bedford. Ray continued in a painting and real estate business with partner James Briles for the next couple of years, then worked for Nodaway Valley Foods.
  In 1969, after living on the same corner for 39 years, Ray and family moved to Missouri and purchased "The Ozark Bar Be Que" a restaurant and market on the Lake of the Ozarks at Sunrise Beach, from Herman and Ruth (formerly Ruth Lane from Prescott) WING. The family all worked in the business along with many other Adams County residents who worked in the summer months, including Ray's sister and husband John Lenz, who, worked during their summer school vacation.
Michael and Jane graduated from Camdenton Missouri High School and attended Southwest Missouri University at Springfield, working in the family business in the summers.
  In 1979, Michael and partner James Neff purchased the business from Ray and Joan. Jane has moved to Boulder, Colorado where she graduated from Colorado U. and still lives.
  The Macks are active in their Church activities. Ray being a Past Grand Knight in Corning, and with Michael, helped establish a New Knights of Columbus Council at Camdenton, Missouri where they are Charter Members. Ray presently is helping in the construction of a Grotto in the New St. Patrick's Church in Laurie, Missouri where he assists as an Extra Minister of Communion. Ray is also active in the Hurricane Deck Lions Club.
  Joan is a member of the Altar Society. In 1948, just out of high school, Ray joined the Iowa Army National Guard, spent eight years as an enlisted personnel, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1956. Upon moving to Missouri he retired out as a Major with almost 21 years service. At one time he was Company Commander of the Corning Unit and served as a Platoon Leader under Captain Dale Hofmeister when the unit was awarded the Eisenhower Trophy.
  Ray and Joan live six months at Sunrise Beach and six months in Fiesta Village, Mission, Texas where they are in charge of some of the recreation activities and are much involved with square dancing.
  James Neff has made his home with the Macks for seven years. Submitted by Ray Mack
(History of Adams County Iowa, 1984, p. 373)

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