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· Muscatine man, horse die after lightning strike
… William J. "Billy" Clevenger, 35, and the horse he was riding on were killed in the lightning strike… He was a member of the American Angus Association and Muscatine County Cattlemen. He trained working cattle dogs…
· Lightning victim remembered in Muscatine County
… Clevenger and John R. Jenkins were on horseback Monday night rounding up cattle when lightning struck…
Muscatine man, horse die after lightning strike
JASON LIEGOIS - Muscatine Journal (IA)
May 6, 2015
MOSCOW, Iowa — A Muscatine County man died after being struck by lightning during Monday night's thunderstorms. Another man was injured but was released from the hospital.
William J. "Billy" Clevenger, 35, and the horse he was riding on were killed in the lightning strike.
The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at 8:18 p.m. to 2516 150th St., south of Moscow in rural Muscatine County, according to a news release. Deputies found John R. Jenkins at the residence and Clevenger nearby.
Jenkins was taken via Durant ambulance to Trinity Muscatine emergency room where he was treated and released. Clevenger also was taken via ambulance to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead.
Clevenger was a rancher and cattleman, according to his obituary. He was tending his cattle when he was hit by lightning.
He was a member of the American Angus Association and Muscatine County Cattlemen. He trained working cattle dogs and built custom fences.
A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday at USW Local 8581 Union Hall, Wilton.
Lightning victim remembered in Muscatine County
By Brian Boesen - KWQC-TV 6 (IA)
May 6, 2015
MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) – Muscatine County’s farming community is remembering Billy Clevenger killed Monday night by a lightning strike.
“Billy loved cattle and he loved being around cattle,” said Dan Petersen, a fellow cattle rancher.
Muscatine Co. Sheriff’s office says Clevenger and John R. Jenkins were on horseback Monday night rounding up cattle when lightning struck. Jenkins was treated at a hospital and released. Clevenger was pronounced dead.
“This is a tragedy in the first order because he was young, he had a whole lifetime ahead of him,” said Petersen. “He had a lot of potential and it’s just tragic to see a nice young guy like that struck down so randomly.”
Petersen says he knows first-hand the potential dangers of lightning in an open field...