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Gayle Tellin
December 12, 1945 - March 10, 2018


Gayle Gene Tellin, 72, of Westgate, moved on to Heaven, on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home and one hour before services at St. Peter Lutheran church in Westgate. Funeral services will be on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:30 at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate with Rev. Bert Mueller officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.  A family memorial fund has been established.

Gayle was born on December 12, 1945 in Oelwein, the son of Donald and Martha (Sabin) Tellin. Gayle was baptized December 23, 1945 and confirmed March 22, 1959 at St. Peter Lutheran Church.  He graduated from West Central High School in Maynard, class of 1963. Gayle enlisted into the U. S. Navy and served on the USS Enterprise as a communications technician until 1966. He was united in marriage to Deloris Saathoff on June 24, 1967 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He retired from Qwest in February of 2004.  Gayle enjoyed playing cards, fishing (especially in Canada), deer hunting, following the Hawkeyes and the Vikings and playing softball for the Westgate Tigers. His greatest love was his time spent with his family.  He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where he was a church elder, a Fayette Co. Supervisor, CWA Union President, Democratic President of Fayette County, Commander of Am. Legion Post 92. He led a very active life and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Deloris of 50 years of Westgate, three daughters, Christina (Brian) Andrews of Cedar Falls, Kimberly (Chad) Block of Tripoli and Chantel (David) Getter of Urbandale; eight grandchildren, Casey, Chance and Eve  Andrews, Dylan and  Lauren Block and Evan, Bryce and Carly Getter; two brothers, William (Joan) Tellin and Dennis (Jeanne) Tellin; a sister, Linda (Gaylen) Bell; six sister in laws, Betty Damon, Delma (Ron) Abbott & Becky Saathoff of Oelwein, Bernice (Dick) Keegan, Arizona, Margie (Jim) Adams and Judy (George) Adams of Clinton, Iowa; one brother in law George (Donna) Saathoff of Oelwein; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brother in laws, Bob & Bernard Saathoff, Loyal (Bud) Schult, Paul (Toby) Damon; two sister in laws, Joan Schult and Janette Saathoff.   


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Mark Miller on March 15, 2018 at 7:27 PM said:

So sorry to hear about Gayle's passing. I hope I was able to make things a little easier for him through the transportation service. I know it was not fun for him but he never complained. He was a good guy.
Chris Roth on March 15, 2018 at 10:26 AM said:

Even though I did not know Gayle personally, our local mourns at this moment for our fellow brother! Rest in peace brother!

In Unity,
Chris Roth
CWA, Local 7750
Verna deTemmerman on March 14, 2018 at 7:03 PM said:

My sympathy to all of Gayles' family. Many times I saw Gayle at the NW bell(Qwest) office office and he always had a smile on his face. He was such a good worker in what he did and
very helpful in the CWA union. God bless you all.
Jay Boyle on March 14, 2018 at 2:25 PM said:

I met Gayle through our involvement in CWA. I will always remember his smile.
My deepest sympathies
Marlene Droste on March 14, 2018 at 6:08 AM said:

I knew Gayle for many years as we both worked for "Ma Bell." I remember him as always kind and helpful and with a great disposition. God bless him and his family, to whom I send my sincerest condolences. I know that he will be deeply missed.
Anonymous on March 13, 2018 at 11:55 AM said:

Gayle was a good friend of Janet and myself. I graduated in the same class in 1963 with Gayle and he was a great guy. Our prayers are with his wife and family at this time.
Paul & Janet Hutter, Mesa, Arizona.
Kelli Nobiling on March 13, 2018 at 5:36 AM said:

My condolences to the Tellin Family. In the short time I got to know Gayle, he was a joy to be around. His smile was infectious and always had a good joke for me. I was lucky to get to know him.
Jennifer Cavnar on March 13, 2018 at 5:04 AM said:

So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed by many. The thinking of you and your family.24he3m

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