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Albert Gathman
August 26, 1929 - February 2, 2017

Albert E. Gathman, age 87, of Oelwein passed away on Thursday February 2, 2017 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday February 5, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  A Masonic service will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday February 6, 2017 at Stanley Union Church in Stanley with Rev. Phil Rownd officiating.  Interment will be in Union Cemetery at Aurora.

Albert was born on August 26, 1929 in Roselle, Illinois to Albert E. and Emily (Radcliffe) Gathman.  He graduated from high school in Arlington Heights, Illinois and pursued his love of farming his entire life. After years of farming in the Chicago and DeKalb, Illinois areas, in 1967 he acquired a farm east of Oelwein.   Al and Mary Ann (Marshall) Feller were married in 1978 and have shared in the joys of a growing family.

Al enjoyed being involved in organizations and service groups.  He has served as a Stanley Union Church trustee.  His active memberships over the years include Gideon’s International, Hebron Masonic Lodge, Lion’s Club, Farm Bureau of Fayette County, the Republican Party, Corn Grower’s Association and the Soybean Grower’s Association.  Important to Al was his service on the Fayette County Foster Care Review Board. Collecting vintage John Deere tractors and parading in his Tin Lizzie car with his fellow Oelwein Shriners are hobbies he enjoyed and the grandchildren have fond memories of.

Al is survived by Mary Ann, his loving wife and devoted caregiver, children Carole Grafer, Grayslake, Illinois; Roger (Sharon)Lemke, DeKalb, Illinois; Gary (Diane) Gathman, Tavares, Florida; Russell (Betty) Gathman, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Ramona (Cy) Nelson, Decorah; Rebecca (Darryl) Wunder, Aurora; and Marshall (Cheryl) Feller, Champlin, Minnesota; Nineteen grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren listed below:

Kathy (Tony) Lucente, Susan (John) Ingram, Jeff (friend, Rozy) Grafer, Tricia, Trevor and Ashley; Matthew (Bonnie) Grafer, Mitchell and Michael; Jennifer Lemke, Lisa (Adam) Schmatz, Julie Gathman, Keri (Christian) Ricci, Kim (Brandt) Palowski, Bailey and Travis;  Laura (Jacob) Bledsoe, Rylynn and Blake; Jennifer (Gregory) Williams, Sam, Kayley and Lily; Joe (Brooke) Bell, Hayden and Nicholas; Derek (Amy) Wunder, Waylon and Jack; Sheila (Tim, fiancé) Wunder, Alexander, Jonah and Colton; Riley Wunder, Cassondra, Andrew, and Beau-Jon; Evan (Kari) Nelson, Claire, Paige, Spencer and Anna; Seth (Jennifer) Nelson, Otto and Freja; Taylor (Kristen) Nelson, Kelsey (Aaron, fiance) Feller and Kye.

One great-great granddaughter; his brother, Robert Gathman, Elk Grove, Illinois; many nieces and nephews, and a long-time friend, Tom Reinert.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Esther Gathman; granddaughter, Jana Nelson; son-in-law, Al Grafer; and his parents-in-law, Ralph and Ethel Marshall. 


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Sheryl Gosse & friend, Dick, Dalene & family on February 5, 2017 at 8:27 PM said:

Maryann, Becky and Mona: Sorry for your loss. Al was a good friend to our family for many years. Al is catching up with mom and dad and other close family members in a card game. They all enjoyed card games with you both through out the years. He is your special angel in heaven for you all. You both shared and enjoyed so much with your families. Memories forever, take it one day at a time. Blessings.
Todd Huinker on February 5, 2017 at 11:29 AM said:

Many summer's spent working for Al,,picked up rock,rouged beans,,detasseled,,learned how to work,,,always an outstanding man. Thank you Al,,my heartfelt condolences to the family,,I will always remember the kindness and compassion of this man !
Lloyd and Dianna Patrick on February 5, 2017 at 9:15 AM said:

Mary Ann and family, so sorry for your loss. My sons, even years later, speak so highly of both of you.
David Poggenklass on February 5, 2017 at 4:40 AM said:

Ramona, Becky & Mary Ann,

You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. I know how hard it is to lose
a parent. I will be praying for you as you heal through the next few days, weeks and months.

Sincerely, David Poggenklass
Gutenberg, IA.
Phil Rownd on February 4, 2017 at 4:51 PM said:

Al was a godly man of strong convictions who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ with all of his heart. I will always remember how he belted out "How Great Thou Art" in church. Al's health may have wavered in the 8 years I knew him, but his faith did not. Praise the Lord!
Peter Nelson on February 4, 2017 at 11:40 AM said:

Mary Ann, Mona, Becky, Marshall, I'm sorry for your loss of Al. I enjoyed when we met socially. Losing family is rough. My prayers are with you and family in the difficult time.
Mary Burrack on February 4, 2017 at 8:47 AM said:

I know how your heart is aching. Prayers and thoughts with your whole family. I so enjoyed always visiting with Al.
Traci Wilcox on February 3, 2017 at 4:34 PM said:

My heart breaks for all of you Mary Ann! You and Al knew me as Traci Eschliman and my mom Barb. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Nancy Tupper (Lindner) on February 3, 2017 at 3:45 PM said:

Mary Ann,
Sorry to hear of the passing of Albert. He was a great man and will be missed. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family at this time...
Ann Roth on February 3, 2017 at 2:13 PM said:

I can only imagine how your heart must be breaking. Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss.

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