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Edward Vorel

The family of Edward Vorel welcomes friends to a time of remembrance and celebration on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 3 – 6 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A brief memorial service will be held at 6PM.  Private graveside services will be at a later date.  Ed died Wednesday, November 13 following a short illness, at the Iowa City Veteran's Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Edward Elmer Vorel was born August 25, 1919 in Ely, Iowa, the son of Louis and Agnes (Marash) Vorel.  He joined the United States Army in 1942 and served in Central Europe, Normandy, France and Germany.  He was discharged in 1945.  In 1962 he was united in marriage to Kathleen Schillig.  She died in 1982.  Throughout his life, he lived in Hills.  They had one dauther, Arlene.  Ed worked at many jobs including U-Smash Um I Fix Um and retired from the City of Iowa City.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing raspberries.  He loved fishing and setting bank lines with his son – in – law, Scott Johnston.  Ed was an avid reader and had many magazine subscriptions which he loved to share with family and friends.  He loved his weekly outing with Arlene, especially going to the Kalona Bakery.  His favorite was rhubarb pie!  Ed's grandsons were the apple of his eye and he enjoyed spending time with them.   A family favorite was the annual July 4th celebration where family and friends would gather in his front yard to watch the parade in Hills.  Ed enjoyed attending the monthly potlucks with his friends at the Hills Community Center.

Survivors include his daughter; Arlene and husband Scott Johnston and his two grandsons; Ethan and Taylor Johnston all of Iowa City and one brother; Leonard and his wife Delores of Tiffin.

Preceding Ed in death was his wife, Kathleen; one brother, Marvin and his parents, Louis and Agnes Vorel.

The family of Ed Vorel would like to thank the staff at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty and the Veteran's Hospital staff for all their kindness and loving care of Ed.

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LES AND DIANE SANTEE Nov 16 2013 12:00 AM

A LIMB FALLEN A limb has fallen from your family tree.You willhear a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage.I'm counting on you.Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest, remembering all, how I truly was blessed.Continue traditions, no matter how small. I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin until the day comes and we're together again." Love, Cindy, Hodge and Brick

Cindy Gampka Nov 15 2013 12:00 AM

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Sherry Johnston Riggs.Our love and deepest sympathy to the family. Aunt Sherry Johnston Riggs, George Riggs Family & Chuck Riggs Family

Sherry Riggs Nov 15 2013 12:00 AM

Arlene and Scott, Sorry to hear about Ed's passing. He was a great guy. I can see him out in his yard gardening or setting on the front porch enjoying the weather. I had just asked my parents last week about him, as I notice somebody was doing to work on his house in Hills. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Karen (Mellecker) Butterbaugh

Karen(Mellecker) Butterbaugh Nov 15 2013 12:00 AM

Leonard and Delores and family.Sorry to hear about your brother. Your family has our sympathy.I remember you talking about Leonard's brother and his garden. SincerelyRay and Sally

Ray and Sally Gudenkauf Nov 15 2013 12:00 AM

Arlene, I am sorry to hear about Ed.I have many memories of your / our front yard.It's times like this I wish I was there for you as you were there for all of us.Love you kiddo - John and Jo

John Watkinson Nov 15 2013 12:00 AM