Ellen F. Abbe
Ellen F. Abbe, 67, of Country View Care Center, died Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at Covenant Medical Center of natural causes. She was born December 21, 1936 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Allen Frank and Opal Marie (Thompson) Abbe.
Ellen attended Central Christian Church in Waterloo. She was a very social person and always concerned about everyone around her. She had many “best” friends and loved to spend time visiting with them either on the phone or in person. Ellen really enjoyed the visits and phone calls with her mom and sisters. She proudly displayed pictures of her family in her room and loved to show them to all of her friends.
She is survived by her mother, Opal Abbe of Waterloo, IA; sister, Bert J. Fellows and her husband George, of Colorado Springs, CO; and brother in law, Paul Nicey of Delaware, OH.
Ellen is preceded in death by her father; and sister, Ann D. Nicely.
Ellen will truly be missed.
Friends who wish may direct memorials to the Country View Care Center or to Central Christian Church.
Marshall D. Abbe
Marshall D. Abbe, 76, of Waterloo, IA, died Tuesday, July 12, 2004 at Allen Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 08, 1928, the son of Mark and Lola (Purdon) Abbe. He graduated from East High School in Waterloo.
Mr. Abbe married Wanda A. Stoner on April 15, 1955 in Waterloo, IA. He served in the U.S. Navy for nine years. Marshall and his wife were in the restaurant business in Waterloo for over fifty years, including the Klondike Restaurant, the Purple Parrott, the Colony Club which was in the Abbe family for over fifty years, and he was part owner of the Red Carpet Dinner Club. He was also past president of the Iowa Restaurant Association, a member of Rabbits, the Elks Club, Amvets, Eagles, and Black Hawk County Landlords Association.
Mr. Abbe is survived by his wife; two sons, Marshall Abbe Jr. of Waterloo, and Ron Johnson and his wife Kay, of Ft. Myers, FL; daughter, Lisa Abbe of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Marshall D. Abbe III, Jordan Abbe, Rex Connor, Bailey Abbe, Daniel Johnson, and Anna Beth Johnson; great aunt, Opal Abbe of Waterloo, IA.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eileen Conrad; and brothers, Vigil and Leonard.
Opal Marie Abbe
Opal Marie Abbe, 99, of Friendship Village, died Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center. She was born on August 2, 1905, in Eden Township, Benton County, Iowa, the daughter of Alva M. and Emma (Mitchell) Thompson. She married Allen “Frank” Abbe on April 16, 1924, in Marion, IA. He died on March 30, 1991.
Opal graduated from Vinton High School in 1922, attended Normal Training School and University of Iowa. She went back to UNI in 1956, at the age of 51, and graduated Cum Laude in 1959. She taught at Orange School from 1959, until 1969, and then tutored for 5 years after retiring. Opal was a member of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 1934, belonged to the Waterloo Women’s Club, and volunteered with R.S.V.P. for 20 years. She was an avid bowler and bowled in a senior league until she was 94. She and her husband, Frank received the “Service to Mankind” award from the Waterloo Sertoma Club in 1976, for significant and meritorious service.
Opal is survived by her daughter, Bertha Jean Fellows and her husband George of Colorado Springs, CO; son-in-law, Paul Nicely of Delaware, OH; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; two daughters, Ellen Abbe and Ann Nicely; three brothers; and three sisters.
Peggy R. Abben
Peggy R. Abben, 70, of Waterloo, died Friday April 18, 2003 at her home of cancer. Peggy was born March 1, 1933 in Portland, Iowa the daughter of James and Cynthia (Walsh) Moore. She married Richard L. Abben May 9, 1954 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She drove a school bus for the Waterloo Community School District until her retirement in 1985.
Peggy enjoyed spending her winters in Texas. She was also known for her baking. In her free time she enjoyed doing crafts, making jewelry and crocheting.
Peggy is survived by her husband; 3 sons Rick, Randy, and Darryn all of Waterloo; 8 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother DeWayne Moore, and a sister Deone Jackson.
Alfred A. Amfahr
Alfred A. Amfahr, 83, formerly of Waterloo and Jesup, died Monday, January 27, 2003, at the Westside Retirement Village, Indianapolis, IN., following a lengthy illness. He was born March 24, 1919, in Jesup, IA, son of Conrad and Margaret (Schuler) Amfahr. He graduated from Jesup High School in 1937. Alfred married Glennis Tillotson, she died in 1963. Marceil Dehl, she died in 1978, and then married Rose Shedd in Indiana.
He worked at Wonder Bread Baking Co. for 15 years and then at Salerno Cookie Co. until his retirement. He was a former member of the St. Edward Catholic Church, Waterloo and he served in the Army with the Military Police during WWII.
Alfred is survived by his wife Rose of Indianapolis, IN., Two step sons Doug Harris and Norm Harris, both of Indianapolis, IN., Two brothers: Donald and his wife Sandy Amfahr of Naples, FL., Ron and wife Bev Amfahr of Waterloo. Siste, Jane and her husband Ron Barnett of Jesup.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eileen Fisher.
David C. Ainley
David C. Ainley, 95, of Friendship Village, died there on Wednesday, February 16, 2005. He was born on August 20, 1909, in Perry, Iowa, son of Fred Albert and Clara Christina (Christensen) Ainley. He married Esther L. Hoffman on June 28, 1935, on the family home on Hammond Avenue.
David graduated from Beaman High School in Beaman, IA, in 1927. He worked as an engineering technician at John Deere for 41 years, retiring in 1972. He was one of the first 10 people to move to PEC located on the present PEC site but in a tin shed heated by a wood stove. David served in the Philippines in the U.S. Army during WWII.
David loved to fish, hunt, and enjoy the outdoors. He was a talented and creative craftsman and an avid bowler. He had a joy in the journey of life, always willing to assist others. His kind, gentle spirit was appreciated by all who knew him. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; 2 sons, Larry Ainley and his wife Colleen of Waterloo, and Ronald Ainley and his wife Jane of Dubuque; 2 grandchildren: Denise Gabbert and her husband Darren of Barnett, MO; Brian Ainley of Goose Lake, IA; and 3 great-grandchildren: Ashley, Christopher, and Josiah.
David was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ruth Hummel.
Thelma J. Anderson
Thelma J. Anderson, 91, of 203 Martin Road, Waterloo, Iowa, died Saturday, May 22, 2004 at Allen Memorial Hospital following surgery. She was born November 17, 1912 in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Jessie and Mary (Alvord) Kagley. She graduated from East High School in Waterloo.
Thelma married Philip J. Anderson on April 18, 1931 in Waterloo, Iowa. He died May 13, 1997. Thelma took care of her mother, who lived with the family until her death in 1967. She was the definition of a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Holidays with family were important to her, as was cooking and her cookie jar, and gardenng. She was a good listener, kind, and comfortable to be with. She worked as a clerk in Black's Department Store after her children were grown.
Thelma is survived by her two sons, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; Ron Anderson and his wife Deb and their children: Greg, Melissa, Carrie and John; and Bob Anderson and his wife, Linda and their three children: Kelly and her husband Steve Hemasth and their son, Jack Robert, Sarah and her husband Jim Hayes, and Jamie; a daughter, Carol and her husband John Baker, and their four children: Michael and his wife Kelly Baker and their children, Jonathan and Ryan, James Baker, Kristin and her husband, Nicholas Medhurst and their children, Kayler and Kayleigh, Karin and her husband Todd Ihde and their children, Philip and Isabel.
Thelma is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Paul.
Ralph Annette, 93, of Waterloo, died on Monday, February 28, 2005, at the Ravenwood Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born on May 8, 1911, in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of Harvey and Laura (Zimmerman) Annette. Ralph married Doris M. Stiefel on July 4, 1934. She died September 10, 1974.
Ralph worked at John Deere from 1928 until retiring as Supervisor of Dept. 39 in 1968. After retirement, he owned his own roofing business. He was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, the Waterloo BPO Elks, Martin Lodge #624 A.F. & A.M., and John Deere Supervisor Club.
During the depression Ralph worked as a cook at a CCC camp near Lamont, developing Backbone Sate Park. His experiences during the depression shaped much of his life and his values. Neatness was important, he liked to dress well and keep things in order, he had a need to keep cash available, but more importantly he learned the value of hard work, an honest reputation and earning respect. He had a pride in what he did, who he was, and his family.
Ralph is survived by his two daughters, Sheryl Annette of Waterloo, Sonya Snyder and her husband David of Waterloo; three granddaughters, Susan Cook of Waterloo, Michelle (Craig) Wolterman of Walford, Iowa, Shannon (Mark) Melcher of Waterloo; a step-granddaughter, Christine (David) Hall of Rochester, Minnesota; and six great-grandchildren, Andrew and Benjamin Melcher of Waterloo, and Alexa, Autumn, Nick, and Nate Hall of Rochester, Minnesota. He is also survived by a special friend, Evelyn Hardcastle of Waterloo.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris; sisters, Ada Johnson, Clara Craft, Nellie Burco, and Jennie Ross; and brother, Lee.
Shirley M. Archer
Shirley M. Archer, 81, of 3127 Alameda Street in Cedar Falls, died Sunday, May 2, 2004 at Allen Memorial Hospital from heart failure. She was born August 2, 1922 in Waterloo, the daughter of Robert Harvey and Elsie May (Speicher) Mumby.
Shirley graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1941. Shirley married George W. Archer June 20, 1943 at Christ Episcopal Church in Waterloo.
She was active in Girl Scouts as a Leader and an active member at Trinity Episcopal Parish. She and George enjoyed traveling and camping; together they traveled to every state in the Union and attended all 3 passion plays. She served as the President of the Iowa Chapter National Campers and Hikers. Shirley was a very crafty person, she enjoyed embroidery, working crossword puzzles and making ceramics.
Shirley is survived by her husband; 2 daughters: Roberta Saathoff of Plano, Texas and Rebecca Baker of Cedar Falls, Iowa; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: Amy Chandler, her husband David, and their two children Tessa and Duncan; Katina Stinson and her husband Jim; Jill Scarbrough, her husband, Chad and their three children Jadyn, Haylee and Madelyn; Kent Saathoff; and Ann Baker.
She is preceded in death by her Parents; son, Robert; and son in law, Ralph Saathoff.
Lester W. Artherholt
Lester W. Artherholt, 94, of the Western Home Communities formerly of 232 Rosebud, Waterloo, died Friday, January 2, 2004 at the Sartori Hospital, Cedar Falls. He was born October 22, 1909 in Shell Rock, son of Luther G. and Mina C. Martin Artherholdt.
He graduated from Iowa State Teachers College with a bachelors degee and pursued a masters degree at the University of Iowa.
He married Roxy Irene Lounsberry on June 25, 1936 in Colo, Iowa. She died March 17, 1990.
Lester taught math at Laurens High School from 1931-1936 and then at New Hampton for a year. Later, he was an Office Manager/Salesman for Matt Parrott & Sons until 1969 when he became the Purchasing Agent for the City Clerk's office until 1975. He was a member of the Waterloo First United Methodist Church and the Waterloo Optimist Club.
He is survived by his two sons: L. Gary and his wife Irene of Edmonds, WA.; Craig and his wife Rosemarie of Los Altos, CA. Five grandchildren: Shannon, Corey, Carin, Christa, and Kelley and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife.
Arlene L. Asa
Arlene L. Asa, 77, of Waterloo formerly of Belle Vista, Ar, died Monday December 15, 2003, at the Cedar Falls Health Care Center, Cedar Falls. She sas born December 24, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Sylvia Ockerman Willey. She graduated from North High School in Des Moines, Iowa.She married kennieth L. Asa on June 4, 1950, and spent most of her life in Waterloo, Iowa as a housewife.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Also, she was a volunteer for several organizations in Bella Vista and Bentonville. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, and family.
Arlene was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church, Bella Vista, AR.
She is survived by her husband: Ken. One son: David of Coraville. Two granddaughters: Nicole and Kristin Asa. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Ethel M. Ash
Ethel M. Ash, 92, of Friendship Village, died on Friday, October 22, 2004 of natural causes. She was born on May 17, 1912 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Charles W. and Lillian (Conner) Ash. She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1930.
Ethel worked in the office of Sears for 42 years, retiring in 1977 as credit manager of the revolving charge department. She was a longtime member of the Waterloo Business and Professional Woman's Association and was an excellent seamstress and loved to garden.
Ethel is survived by her niece, Linda Caton and her husband Scott, of Evansville, IN; nephew, Chuck Ash and his wife Mary Sue, of Hudson, WI; nephew, Fred Ash and his wife Martha, of Evanston, IL; several great nieces and nephews; and several great-great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Wesley Ash.
Wesley W. Ash
Wesley W. Ash, 90, of Friendship Village, died Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at Woodwinds Health Campus, in Woodbury, MN, of natural causes. He was born on October 17, 1913 in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Charles W. And Lillian (Conner) Ash. He graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1931 and then graduated from Gates Business College in 1933.
On June 8, 1938, Wesley married Caroline R. Halls in Cedar Heights. She died on May 23, 2000. He served in the U.S. Navy in Aviation Supply during WW II. Wesley worked at the Waterloo Paper as a salesman and was former Vice President at Iowa Securities Investment Corporation, until retiring in 1978.
Wesley was a sixty-five year member of Grace United Methodist Church and a current member of the Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Board of Iowa Securities, was on the Board of Directors for the Waterloo Optimist Club, a member of the Waterloo Elks and S.C.O.R.E.
Wesley is survived by his Daughter: Linda and husband, Scott Caton, of Evansville, IN.; grandson, Matt and wife, Lora Caton; granddaughter, Lisa and husband, Dave LaBean; and great-granddaughters, Katherine and Greta; Son: Chuck and wife, Mary Sue Ash, of Hudson, WI.; grandson, Dave and wife, Stephanie Ash; granddaughter, Dr. Susan Ash and her husband, David Standberg; great-grandsons, Christian and Charlie; and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth; Son: Fred and wife, Martha Ash, of Evanston, IL.; and granddaughter, Karolina; and sister: Ethel Ash.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Helen P. Averill
Helen P. Averill, 80, of 3335 Monticello Ave., Waterloo, died Monday, December 23, 2002 at Allen Memorial Hospital. Helen was born July 4, 1922 in Wayland, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard and Jessie (Siverly) Martin. She grew up in Wayland, graduated from high school, received her teaching degree form Iowa State Teachers College, and taught school in Finchford.
Helen married Eugene F. Averill May 28, 1944 in Waterloo at Bethel Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted wife and a nurturing mother and grandmother. Helen had a great sense of humor and enjoyed their cabin on the Turkey River, being outdoors, walking and fishing. She enjoyed golf, bridge, bowling, crossword puzzles, and was a musician playing the trumpet, piano, ukulele and singing.
Helen is survived by her son Marty and his wife Laura Averill of Waterloo; daughter Jan and her husband Gary Rosauer of Cedar Falls; grandchildren Casey and Emily Averill; sister Marge Bork of South Dakota; and brother Ken and his wife Joyce Martin of Wyoming. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eugene on February 3, 2001, and brother Gaylord Martin.
Anthony P. Bacich
Anthony P. Bacich, 87, of Sumner, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, January 26, 2003 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Tony was born May 6, 1915 in LaGrande, Oregon, the son of Steve and Mary (Vrban) Bacich. He grew up in Eagle River, Wisconsin, graduated from high school there, received his BA in Education from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his MA in Music form University of Northern Iowa.
Tony married Agnes G. Bradley April 19, 1938 in Eagle River, Wisconsin. She died December 13, 1994. He taught orchestra in Appleton, WI from 1947 to 1960 and in the Waterloo Public Schools from 1960 until his retirement in 1977. He taught violin and viola privately for many years and was a member of the Wateloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the Waterloo Camera Club and a co founder of the Wisconsin String Teachers Association. He was extremely smart, a student of history and language, and a gifted musician and teacher.
Tony is survived by daughter Judy (Ray) Back of Mountain Home, Arkansas; daughter Carol (Jeremy) Limburg of Sumner; son Tom (Sandy) Bacich of Waterloo; brother Carl of Eagle River; grandchildren Dave, Tom, Mara, Grant, Jake, and Katie; and great granddaughter Raechel.
Marie Baldwin, 90, of the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. Marie was born March 15, 1912, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Herman Julius and Mary Amelia (Maurer) Mawe.
Marie grew up in Manchester and graduated from high school there. She also attended a college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She had worked in the office of physicians Dr. Jones and also Dr. Clark. Marie married Clarence Baldwin September 20, 1941, in Manchester. She then moved to Waterloo where she worked in the office a Platt's Nursery, Exceptional Persons, and for Leo Mak.
Marie enjoyed around the country. These trips included visits to Jane needle work, reading, and the trips Clarence and she took in New York City. She was an active participant in worship throughout her life, loved music, singing and playing the piano.
Marie is survived by her step daughter Jane Baldwin of Cedar Falls and was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence who died April 29, 1988, a son, brother and sister.
Izola Bandfield, 81, of 2326 Pleasant Drive, Cedar Falls, died Sunday, December 5, 2004 at her home. She was born on March 30, 1923 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Edwin and Mary Helen (Bucholtz) Castle.
Izola graduated from West High School in 1941. She married Austin B. Bandfield on June 27, 1941 in Lancaster, Missouri. He died on March 13, 1989.
Izola is survived by her son, Greg Bandfield and his wife Helen of Manchester, IA; daughter, Valerie Schuler of Cedar Falls, IA; three grandchildren, Ty (Kristi) Schuler, Renee (Andy) Briles, and Nikki (Tom) Robinson; eight great-grandchildren, Trey and Kayti Schuler, Matthew and Mitchell Briles, and Riley, Gabe, Reece, and Chase Robinson; and special friend and cousin, Norma DeWald of Cedar Falls.
Izola is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Austin; and cousin, Donna Mae Nelson.
Friends who wish may direct memorials to Cedar Heights Presbyterian Church or to the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
Rosemary K. Barr
Rosemary K. Barr, 79, of Waterloo, formerly of Cedar Rapids and Marion, died Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at Covenant Medical Center, following a short illness. Rosemary was born on August 17, 1925 in Winneshiek County, Iowa, the daughter of James and Marie (Blackburn) Soukup.
Rosemary married Edward Sebetka in 1943. She later married Eugene Barr in 1960. He died in 1977. She worked at the Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, and as a homemaker, busy raising her ten children.
Rosemary is survived by five sons: Raphael Sebetka and his wife Susan, of Dove Creek, Colorado, Russell Sebetka and his wife Vickey, of Clinton, Arkansas, Timothy Sebetka, of Cedar Rapids, Donald Barr and his wife, Elizabeth, of Vinton, and Robert Barr, of Waterloo; four daughters: Norine Fisher, of Traer, Mary Ellen Willey and her husband Kevin, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, Danielle Droste and her husband Stewart, of Waterloo, and Stacia Barr, of Waterloo. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerome Soukup, of East Moline, Illinois, Robert Soukup, of Hiawatha; and a sister, Katherine Kaderarabek, of Santa Rosa, California.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene; son, Stephen Sebetka; and four brothers, Daniel, Raphael, James, and Fabian.
Friends who wish may direct memorials to the family
Dorothy J. Barron, 79, 0f 3769 West Ninth Street, Waterloo, died Friday, June 27 , at her home. She was born July 6, 1923, in Dallas, Texas, daughter of Monte and Minnie (Mancill) Holland. Dorothy married William "Al" Barron March 15, 1942, in Rockwell, Texas.
Dorothy worked at Covenant Medical Center for 33 years, retiring in 1987.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Al; three sons, William A. (Lee) of Aliso Viejo, CA, Larry H. (Jayne) of Houston, TX, and Dennis G. of Katy, TX; a daughter Karen (Gary) Duckett of Redding, CA; 12 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister Marilyn J. Hines of Tyler, Tx. She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter.
William T. "Bill" Bartels
William T. "Bill" Bartels, 77, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, July 29  at Covenant Medical Center. He was born April 11, 1926, in Oelwein, son of William H. and Leta Bennett Bartels. He married Patricia Jean Kelley November 15, 1948 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.
Bill graduated from Oelwein High School in 1944 and was a route salesman for the former Day Dairy, Cedar Falls, for several years. He was assistant district manager for Jewel Tea Co. for 13 years and appliance department manager at K-Mart on University for seven years. He and and his wife owned and operated the Pizza Shack in Denver for eight years. A stroke forced him to retire in 1983. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bill was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church where he was a deacon for several years, commander of American Legion Post 138, Waterloo, for three years, secretary for Waterloo Memorial Board and also active in the AMVETS post 19 for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Pat of Waterloo. Two sons, Richard(Kathy) of Waterloo and James of Center Point; a daughter, Stacy Bartels of Oelwein; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother; Vernon(Pat) of Fridley, MN.; and a sister, Beverly(Don)Pierce of Huntington Beach, CA.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, June Bartels, Velda Dibble and Ivanette Erickson.
Joel Stanley Bateman
Joel Stanley Bateman, 45, a life long resident of Waterloo, currently living in Fairfield, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004 from a heart attack while bicycling. He was born December 6, 1958 in Waterloo, the son of Gerald William and Wilma Jean (Slater) Bateman.
Joel attended Whittier Elementary and West Jr. High. He graduated from Central High School and later graduated from Hawkeye Community College. He worked for Tenco Manufacturing Company in Fairfield.
Joel was a member of Grace Reformed Church where he organized a singles life sharing group. He was also an Eagle Scout. Joel was a quiet, loving, reliable, dependable, and conscientious man. He enjoyed playing cards and board games. He also enjoyed riding his bike, fishing, camping and picnics and Backbone State Park, bible study, keeping up with family history and loved gardening his flowers and fruit tress, especially his apple trees.
Joel is survived by his parents, two brothers; Steven Bateman and his wife Sue, of Dubuque, IA, David Bateman and his wife Cindy, of Kansas City, Missouri; a sister, Lynnea Young and her husband Bruce, of Lacona, IA; eight nieces and nephews, Ellen, Stephanie, Brian, Shannan, Neal, Nathan, Wade and Lindsay; and two great nieces, Aubrey and Gabrielle.
Friends who wish may direct memorials to Grace Reformed Church or to the family.
Wendell L. Beeman
Wendell L. Beeman, 88, of 1200 Vermont St. died Sunday, October 20, 2002 at Covenant Medical Center from a head injury sustained in a fall. He was born January 19, 1914 in Osceola, Iowa the son of Pearl and Edith (Spencer) Beeman.
Wendell graduated from Osceola High School and attended Osceola Junior College for a year. He served in the United States Navy during WW II. He married Mary Edwards December 24, 1937 in Osceola. He was a salesperson and office manager for AAA in Waterloo until his retirement in 1981.
Life time commitments to family, extended family, church and community were the keystones of Wendell's life. He was an active member of Central Christian Church and the Waterloo Sertoma Club.
Wendell is survived by his wife; 2 daughters Wendy Brudevold of Hudson, and Marilene Farmer of Phoenix, Arizona; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a brother Richard Beeman of Osceola. He is preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Bill Brudevold, 2 brothers Paul and Bob Beeman, and a sister Helen Stoker.