Mensloe C. Olmstead, age 94, of Shell Rock, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Mensloe was born on July 22, 1924, in Shell Rock, Iowa, the son of Percy and Florence (Fuller) Olmstead. He was raised in Shell Rock and graduated from the Shell Rock High School in 1943. On September 22, 1945, Mensloe was united in marriage to Alice Morrison at the First Baptist Church in Waverly. The couple made their home in Shell Rock. During his life Mensloe worked for Rock Island Railroad, owned and operated a straight truck business and for Epley Seed Company of Shell Rock.
Mensloe was a member of the Baptist Church in Shell Rock and Black Hawk Gem and Mineral Society. He enjoyed hunting agates, from those agates Mensloe and Alice made and sold jewelry “Olmsteads Agates.” Mensloe also liked playing dominos and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Mensloe’s memory is honored by: four children, Rose Marie (Larry) Gersema of Shell Rock, Joyce Snyder of Murrieta, California, Jim (Patti) Olmstead of Shell Rock, and Jeanne (Craig) Huebner of Mason City; eleven grandchildren; Laura Cannon, Jackie Gersema, Christena (Alan) Allstrom, John (Madeline) Snyder, Nathanael (Jeana) Snyder, Philip (Christine) Snyder, Amy (Chad) Meier, Beth (Marc) Hallman, Joel Olmstead, Chad (Grace) Kalkbrenner, and Jaimie Kalkbrenner; twenty nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lovina Allen of Shell Rock. He was preceded in death by: his parents, his wife, Alice on October 9, 2002; a great-great-granddaughter, Sophie Meier; two brothers, Laurence and Charley Olmstead; and two sisters, Bernice Olmstead and Ardella Smidt.
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 24, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock where the family will greet friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock with Pastor Dave Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock. Memorials may be directed to Mensloe’s family and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock assisting the family with arrangements 319-885-4321.
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