Floyd Mount

Floyd E. Mount passed away unexpectedly July 4, 2023 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN after complications from a stroke. A private Celebration of Life was held by his immediate family July 9, 2023. A burial memorial will be held at Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon at a later date.

Floyd was born in Waukon in 1952 to Floyd Sr. and Viola (Knickerbocker) Mount. From a young age, Floyd was tasked with daily chores on the Mount family farm, which instilled in him the values of hard work and humility. As a boy, his free time was spent playing baseball with the neighboring farm kids and exploring the woods and pastures of the family farm. Floyd attended elementary country school at Lycurgus and graduated from Waukon High School in 1970.

Floyd’s entrepreneurial spirit and propensity for risk-taking was evident from a young age, traits that certainly contributed to Floyd’s success with his many business ventures and his love of aviation. After graduation, Floyd worked alongside his brothers operating and eventually owning butcher shops.

He married his soulmate, Susan, in 1977 and from that moment on, life was an adventure lived to the fullest.

Floyd and Susan founded Super Cooler in 1983 and by 1986 it had evolved into Iowa Rotocast Plastics (IRP) headquartered in Decorah. What started as a one-product business grew to become IRP/Grizzly Coolers, a top rotational molder and fabrication plant in North America, with hundreds of products and clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies. Floyd’s other businesses include partnerships in Reel Core and Advanced Engineering Technology (AET), both headquartered in Waukon.

Another notable business venture included the completion of Meadow Crest, a 211-acre/41-lot real estate development located on the outskirts of Deadwood, SD. Being a former farm kid, Floyd stayed true to his roots and never lost his zeal for farming. For many years he continued to run beef cattle throughout his properties in Allamakee County.

When Floyd wasn’t inventing new products, tinkering with mechanical projects, or operating heavy machinery, he could be found at the Decorah Municipal Airport. His mainstay interest was aviation. He was an accomplished hobby pilot, earning a Private Pilot License for fixed wing aircraft with a certification in Instrument Rating, as well as earning his Private Pilot License to fly helicopters, a hard-earned accomplishment he took immense pride in.

In later years, Floyd and Susan spent considerable time traveling, primarily to the Black Hills in South Dakota. When not traveling, they devoted their free time to their children and many grandchildren.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Susan; his children, Luke (Heather) Mount, Samuel (Kristy) Mount, Sarah (Justin) Mount-Blair, Clark (Barb) Lewey, Greg (Mari) Lewey and Christine (Troy) Dixon; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his brother, Doug Haas; his sisters, Elaine Doyle, Edith (Richard) Bloxham and Rose Kessel; his brother-in-law, Greg (Dee) Whalen; his sisters-in-law, Jackie (Leonard) Bulman, Debi Peterson, Vickie Steward and Colleen Whalen; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Sr. and Viola; his brothers, Charles Haas and Earl (Bev) Haas; his sister, Violet Kingsbury; his brother-in-law, Richard Bloxham; his sister-in-law, Joyce Haas; his nephews, Kevin Haas and Charles Haas Jr.; and his mother-in-law, Dorothy (Gallagher) Whalen.