In memory of

Edward "Peanuts" Schramm

November 12, 1923 - August 24, 2019
From: Early, IA
Edward "Peanuts" Schramm

Edward "Peanuts" Schramm

Born: November 12, 1923
Died: August 24, 2019
Age: 95
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   Edward Dean (Peanuts) Schramm, 95 died August 24, 2019 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA.  He died of natural causes.  He was born Nov. 18, 1923, on a farm near Early, IA, to Bernhard August and Alberta (Scothorn) Schramm.

   Edward enlisted in the US Army on March 13, 1943.  He served in the 1108th Combat Engineer Group, with the 235th Hdq. Battalion where he was a Technician Fifth Grade, operating a road grader, bulldozer and rock crusher.  He was in four campaigns in the European Theater of Operations; Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines and the PO Valley.  He worked under blackout and combat conditions.  When the war ended in Europe, he was deployed to the Pacific. He went through the Panama Canal Aug. 1, 1945, and arrived in Manila in the Philippines on Aug. 31, 1945, for the second wave invasion of Japan.  He stayed on the ship until Sept. 2, 1945.  The Armistice was signed in Japan ending the invasion he was to be in.  He received an Honorable Discharge Dec. 29, 1945. He always believed God was looking out for him as he came home with “nary a scratch.”  Edward was very proud to be a WWII veteran.

   Edward graduated from Early High School, Class of 1942. His fondest memories were playing on the basketball team.  The team won three county tournaments, losing the fourth by only one point in overtime play.  After high school, he literally traded his basketball sneakers for work boots.  He worked for Robson-Johnson Construction and Scothorn Construction, in road construction in Alaska operating a rock crusher in the building of the ALCAN Highway.  Edward began working for the Early Lumber Store (Payless Cashways, Inc.) in 1951. He worked for Payless Cashways, Inc., for nearly 33 years, the last 10 years as store manager, retiring in 1983.

   Edward was a long-time member of the Early United Methodist Church, joining the church in 1939. He was a member of the American Legion, Merton V. Hair Post #325, serving as commander in 1961.  He was a volunteer member of the Early Fire Department for 33 years.

   Edward enjoyed fishing with his wife, Alma Lee, and in retirement they enjoyed playing golf.   Edward played on a senior golf league.  He was very proud to have made four hole-in-ones during his time golfing.  He was an avid fan of the Ridge View Raptors middle and high school sports teams and of the Buena Vista University athletic teams.  “I enjoy watching the kids play ball whether they’re seventh-graders or college kids,” he often said.

   Edward married Alma Lee Covey (1925-1994), the daughter of John O. and Roma I. (Robson) Covey, on Aug. 5, 1943.  They had four children, all who survive him: son Steven (Carole Olsen) of Early, IA; son Jack (Debbie Sandage) of Sioux City, IA; daughter Merilee (Robert Dick) of West Des Moines, IA; and son Colin (John Keeling) of Kansas City, MO.  Edward is also survived by six grandchildren, John Schramm, Scott Schramm, Belinda Wagner, Taylor Schramm, Seth Schramm and Ryan Johnson); and 16 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Lee Covey; and by sister, Shirley Mae Mason, and brother, Darrel Schramm.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations are made to the Iowa Veterans Home, 1301 Summit St., Marshalltown, IA 50158, or the Early United Methodist Church, 402 Hickory St., Early, IA 50535.


Graveside Services
2:00 p.m., Saturday
November 16, 2019
Early Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa

Pastor Nancy Peterson
Early Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:59 AM
“To the family of Peanuts your condolences to you and your kids. Peanuts carried a date book in his shirt pocket that had every body's birthday's on this side of the family plus our side and many other people that Peanuts knew. When I would come up to Early Ed, Darrel and myself would go golfing. Darrel and I would take a cart and Peanuts would walk. He played a mean game of golf, it was hard to beat him and I was 22 years younger than him.Steve, Jack, Colin and Marailee he was a good man and am sure you are proud of him, I know I was. Peanuts rest in peace.

- JOHN & Mary Jo Engler
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:59 AM
“My sincerest condolences to the family and the loss of its patriarch . He certainly lived a long , eventful and proud life.”
- Alston Green
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:59 AM
“Our sincere sympathies regarding Grandpa Schramm. He sounds a wonderful man that lived long, wonderful life. Iím sure he is fishing in the sky. Love, The Jacksonís ”
- Becci and Darin Jackson
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:59 AM
“My condolences to all of Ed's family. I grew up participating in lots of school activities at Crestland, and the outcome of games wasn't always predictable. But what WAS a sure thing was that Peanuts would be somewhere in the stands cheering on and "encouraging" 😉 the Cadets! He was a great community supporter, a proud WWII veteran, and a good man. A life well lived.”
- Don Mason
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 3:20 PM
“So sorry to hear of Eddieís passing. He was such a great, gentle soul. He came to my kidsís graduations. My Dad always spoke so fondly of him. RIP Ed. ”
- Debi Engler Bousman
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 3:20 PM
“The memories of Uncle Ed always bring a smile to my heart. He always had a smile and good nature. He made it a point to always visit with me even if the room was filled with adults. Our families visited weekly with each other and went on fishing trips together in the summer or other various get togethers. It was always a fun time. Through the years until this last, he never failed to send Christmas greetings and a lengthy letter to update us of his present year. We looked forward to his card coming. His cards were always a closer connection even though we were miles apart. Our family sends our most sincere sympathy to all.”
- Suezette Wollesen
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 4:39 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of his death. He was one of the loyal Raptor fans and a joy to see at each game. What a wonderful guy.”
- Harold and Diane Droegmiller
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 4:39 PM
“With my deepest sympathy
I have many fond memories of Uncle Ed. I always looked forward to Uncle Ed and Aunt Alma coming over to our house to visit Mom and Dad. That meant a night of fun and laughter filling our home. Uncle Ed's popcorn balls were the best and I could hardly wait for the holidays when he would make them for all of us. I remember always stopping at Uncle Ed's and Aunt Alma's house after church each Sunday to catch up on news and spend time together. Then there were lots of fishing trips that hold many more memories for me, and potlucks at Grandma and Grandpa Covey's cabin in Lake View during the summer. Every one of these memories of Uncle Ed brings a smile to my face and is held in my heart. He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of my family during this difficult time. June”
- June Engel Foss
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:43 PM
“I was a better person for known Ed! Thanks for welcoming me and my family to Early and always spoiling the girls in church. You will forever be missed. ”
- Crystal Cudaback
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:43 PM
“Ed is one of many people that I remember as a little girl growing up in Early. He was always handing out sticks of gum to us.In my adult years, he was always up for a conversation at the Buena Vista Basketball games....sitting in the top row right below the railing wearing his military cap. He will be remembered by many....He was a "good one".... God Bless Ed”
- Pegi DeGarmo Cavanaugh
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