|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)