In memory of

Marlen Craig Pellersels

November 9, 1936 - December 9, 2017
From: Sac City, IA
Marlen Craig Pellersels

Marlen Craig Pellersels

Born: November 9, 1936
Died: December 9, 2017
Age: 81
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     Marlen Craig Pellersels, age 81, of Sac City, IA, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, IA, from complications of pneumonia. 

     Marlen, born November 9, 1936, was one of two children born to Robert and Ilene (DeBourgh) Pellersels.  He was born at home and only weighed 4 lbs. and 7 oz. which included the steel cake pan and blanket.

     He attended country schools through the 8th grade, finishing his 4 years of high school in town and graduated with the class of 1955.

     He joined the U.S. Air Force July 22, 1955.  After his discharge in 1959, he farmed and used his GI Bill to obtain his commercial flight instructor and instrument ratings.  He loved to fly and co-owned a plane with some friends.  Marlen farmed most of his life.  In the 1960’s he joined the United States Postal Service and was a rural carrier until his retirement in 1992.  At one time or another, he carried all routes out of Sac City, Nemaha, and Lytton. 

     Marlen married Ethel Jean Myers in 1960.  Two sons were born of this marriage: Jeffrey and Craig.  They divorced in 1985 and he later married Judy (Throne) Eickhoff in 1989.  He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, coffee with his friends, and eating chocolate cake.  Marlen especially loved fishing (but not necessarily eating them) and enjoyed many fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada.  A summer day usually ended with him fishing in his farm pond. 

     Marlen is survived by his wife, Judy; sons: Jeffrey (Terri) Pellersels of Woodbury, MN, and Craig Pellersels of Sac City;  three step-children: Angela (Wayne) Plager of Hollywood, MD, Elizabeth Eickhoff of Newell, and Christopher Eickhoff of Tama; sister and brother-in-law Karen (Merle) Karstens of Oakland, NE; two grandchildren: Paige and Rece; three step-grandchildren: Derek, Kody, and Jaden; brother-in-law Nolan (Sandy) Throne of Muskegon, MI; sister-in-law Barbara (Roger) Welte of Omaha, NE; and numerous nephews and nieces.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert in 1982 and Ilene in 2010.

     In lieu of flowers memorials will be given to the Loring Healthcare Foundation.




Memorial Service
10:30 a.m., Thursday
December 14, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

Masonic Service to follow by:
Occidental Lodge No. 178
Sac City, Iowa

Gary Witte, Officiant
No Prior Visitation

1:30 p.m.
Cory Grove Cemetery
Military Graveside Rites By:
V.F.W. Post No. 590 & American
Legion Cantigny Post No. 195
Sac City, IA

Offutt Air Force Honor Guard
Omaha, NE

Russ Davis, Bugler


Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:57 AM
“Judy, we just found out about your husband. We send prayers and condolences to you and your family.”
- Larry and Judy Whittle
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:50 AM
“So sorry to hear of Marlen's passing. We first met when he was m mail carrier. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.”
- Lynn Ramsey
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:02 PM
“Lynn and I wish to express our condolences to Judy, Angie, Betsy, Chris as well as the rest of the family as you grieve your loss in Marlen's passing. Isaiah 57:1-2 Mark and Lynn Astleford”
- Mark & Lynn Astleford
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 9:38 AM
“So sorry to see Marlen passed away”
- Elleen Oberreuter
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:38 AM
“Judy, we send our deepest sympathy and condolences. May you be comforted and blessed at this difficult time.”
- Darlene and Lamont Swanson
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