Earl Mandernach, formerly of area, was a true salesman
Funeral services for Earl J. Mandernach, 86, of Onawa, Iowa, and formerly of Selby and Mobridge, were held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt, Iowa.
Earl passed away Jan. 21, 2013, in Onawa.
Earl was born in Buena Vista County, Iowa, on March 7, 1926, as the youngest child to Earl B. and Clara Mandernach. He graduated from Storm Lake High School.
After high school, Earl joined the United States Air Force and served in Europe during World War II.
He married Bonnie M. Murray on Nov. 26, 1947, in Storm Lake.
In 1949 the couple moved to Odebolt where they purchased the Gambles Store and later the Ford garage. In 1967, they moved to a farm near Battle Creek, Iowa. In 1969 Earl acquired a farm in South Dakota. In 1973 they moved to Selby. Earl and Bonnie subsequently moved to Mobridge, Sioux City, Iowa, Moville, Iowa, Danbury, Iowa and back to Battle Creek.
Bonnie passed away on June 28, 2000. Earl then returned to “Mandernach Drive” in Odebolt and then to Premier Estates Assisted Living in Onawa.
Earl was a true salesman and enjoyed negotiating deals throughout his life. Earl always had something for sale for the right price.
He was a member of the Roose American Legion Post #313 of Odebolt and served as a trustee at the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Martha and Duane Wasmund of Onowa, and Sara and Joe Lane of Mapleton, Iowa; two sons and their wives, Leslie and Janice Mandernach of Selby, and William and Ruth Mandernach of Valley Glen, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Clara; wife, Bonnie; a sister, Dorothy Anderson, and brother-in-law, Russell Anderson; two brothers, Laverne, who died in infancy, and Raymond, and sister-in-law, Irene; and his close friend and brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Voelschow.