Arthur Eldon Wardell, 94, of Oelwein passed away on Monday June 1, 2015 at Arlington Place in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday June 4, 2015 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday June 5, 2015 at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein with Pastor Charis Combs-Lay Officiating. Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein with military honors provided by the American Legion Ross Reid Post 9 of Oelwein.
Eldon was born on May 16, 1921 in Todd County, MN to parents Arthur Eugene and Maude (Lane) Wardell. He graduated from Maynard High School in 1938. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy from 1942-1946. He was a Motor Machinist Mate 1stClass on the Delta Queen Pacific. On August 15, 1946 he was united in marriage with Beryl Dibble at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Eldon had been employed with Wardell Chevrolet, Eldon’s Conoco, Eldon’s Shell and Wardell’s Repair. He enjoyed taking care of his yard and garden, camping and fishing, and tinkering with anything needing repair.
Left to celebrate Eldon’s life is his son Tom Wardell of Cedar Rapids; his grandson Derek (Candice) Wardell of Cedar Rapids; his granddaughter Kristin (Tony) Paul of Hiawatha; his great-grandchildren: Mercedes, Keaton, Braeton, Lillie, Kaden, Tanner and Lanae; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his brothers Howard and Kenneth Wardell; and his sister Doris Hughes.