Garland (Jack) Compston
FOREST CITY -
Garland (Jack) Compston,age. 99,
of Forest City, died Wednesday (April 5, 2006) at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at the United Methodist Church in Forest City with Pastor Jerald Swanberg officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and an hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.
Garland "Jack" Compston was born in Charleston, W.Va., on Aug. 13, 1906. He grew up in Ohio in the home of his grandparents, Newt and Sarah (Sidenstricker) Compston. In this large, loving family, his aunts and uncles were like siblings to him.
Jack left home when he was 12 years old. He attended Marion Business College in Ohio. He moved to Chicago, Ill., and found a job with a teletype firm. He later began selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door.
On June 30, 1937, he married Ann Clark at Wheaton, Ill. The couple made their home in Chicago where they owned and operated a grocery store. In 1942, they moved to a farm near Wabena, Wis., and it was here, in 1944, they bought their first movie theater. The couple eventually owned and operated several theaters and were involved with owning or leasing and improving theaters in various communities.
After a brief time in Arlington, Wash., the family returned to the Midwest and in 1954 purchased the Forest Theater in Forest City. In 1967, Jack designed and built the theater in Decorah. Jack operated the Forest Theater until retiring in 1974.
He and Ann enjoyed traveling in their travel trailers and Winnebago motor home, spending time in Texas and Florida.
Jack was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed yearly fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota with family and friends and loved hunting pheasants with his dogs. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Forest City. Jack was very focused on his family and dedicated to his work.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Cathy Compston of Forest City; granddaughter, Catina Kinney, and her husband, Scott, and great-grandchildren, Brendon and Abigail Kinney, all of Enterprise, Ala.
Jack was preceded in death by his loving grandmother; and his wife, Ann, who died on June 7, 2000.
Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City, ( Globe Gazette from April 6 to April 9, 2006 )
United Methodist Church ."