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Owner of landmark Iowa soda fountain dies at 95

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The longtime owner of a landmark Iowa soda fountain has died.

Thelma Nopoulos says that her longtime husband, George Nopoulos, died Sunday evening of natural causes in Wilton at age 95.

Nopoulos worked for nearly all of his life at the Wilton Candy Kitchen, which his father bought in 1910.

He was known for his homemade ice cream that delighted eastern Iowa children, and a charming personality that often had him singing, whistling and joking behind the counter -- seven days a week.

Visitors from all over the world, celebrities and politicians are among those who have stopped at the fountain, which dates back to 1860 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

His wife says they worked together to "serve happiness" to millions of customers.

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