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STUMO, Nelson L. 1937-2017


Posted By: K.L. Kittleson
Date: 6/19/2017 at 00:22:24

Nelson ‘Nels' L. Stumo

June 26, 1937-June 13, 2017

GOODELL, IOWA - Nelson “Nels” Stumo, 79 of rural Goodell, a native of the Northwood, Iowa, area, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at his home, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, with his loving family at his side.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 1:30 PM, at the Goodell United Methodist Church. The Reverend Paddy Druhl will be officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the Amsterdam Cemetery east of Goodell. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Andrews Funeral Home, 516 1st St. S.E., Belmond and will continue one hour prior to the services at church Tuesday.

Nels, the son of Peter and Lillian (Johnson) Stumo, was born June 26, 1937, in Worth County, Northwood, IA. He grew up in the Elk Creek Lutheran Church-Kensett, Iowa, where he was baptized and confirmed.

Upon his graduation from Kensett High School in 1955 he worked for Decker's in Mason City, before enlisting in the U.S. Army on April 26, 1957. Nelson completed his active duty and was transferred in the Army Reserves. He was a Private First Class at the time he was Honorably Discharged from the service in 1959.

Upon returning to civilian life, Nelson was united in marriage to Elnora Johnson on August 29, 1959, at First Lutheran Church of Glenville, MN. To this union three children were born: Justine, Rocky, and Jody.

As a young man Nelson enjoyed and had a passion for cars, and speed. He loved the competition and the thrill of the earth shaking power and adrenaline rush of racing dragsters often reaching speeds near 200 mph.

He and Elnora “Ely” as many know her, enjoyed many years rendezvousing, and still have many great friendships they made doing so.

Nels had a fondness and love for guns. His knowledge of guns was vast and many who knew him often went to him for advice. He also made and reloaded ammunitions for himself and friends.

Upon his retirement he enjoyed shooting events and competitions and continued his love of gun restorations. He was very proud of his self-built shooting range which is still used by many to this day.

Nels had been active in various organization including the Wright County Gun Club, SASS-Single Action Shooter's Society, Big Marsh Muzzleloaders, and the NRA.

His memory will carry on the hearts and mind of his wife of 58 years, Elnora (Elly) Stumo, 1245 Timber Drive, Goodell, IA 50439; daughters: Justine (Jim) Jaspers, Carpenter, IA, Jodell (Mark) Gavin, Belmond, IA, and daughter-in-law Shirley Stumo, West Concord, MN; and children Jennifer (LCDR Daniel J. Hansen, USN), Jesse (Jessica) Jaspers, Jamie (Jordan) Denman, Joshua Gavin and special friend Brenna Barkema, Michelle (Matt) Hamilton, Nicole Wiseman; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way! Brothers John (Jo) Stumo and Paul Stumo; sisters Liz Reichl, Judy (Mike) Lee, Sister-in-law Marie (Jack) Ruiter.

Nels was preceded in death by his parents, beloved son Rodney “Rocky” Stumo, brother Lowell, sister-in-law Verna Stumo, and brothers-in-law Stan Reichl.

Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, Iowa. www.andrewsfuneralhomeandfloral.com. 641-444-4474.

Source: Mason City Globe Gazette, 18 JUN 2017


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