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Stanley McElderry

Ottumwa, Iowa

May 16, 1937 - May 14, 2024

Stanley McElderry Obituary

Stanley Irelan McElderry, born May 16, 1937 to Ralph and Ferieda (Irelan) McElderry on a farm near Drakesville, passed away May 14, 2024 in Oskaloosa.

A graduate of Davis County High School (Bloomfield), he married Violet Joyce Hopkins in 1961 and had four sons: Stanley Ray (Laurie) and Brad (Nan) of Ottumwa; Kenneth of Conroe, Texas; and Ralph of Moravia.

He worked many years as a Ralston Purina production worker and several decades as a boilermaker and pipe fitter, where, as a highly skilled welder, he travelled to help construct many of the nuclear power plants throughout the country. Stan also served in the National Guard from 1960-1964, with active duty training as an armor crewman and a combat demolitions specialist.

Stan enjoyed all things outdoors, including hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and looking for mushrooms. He enjoyed the occasional card game, especially cribbage, and at one time was an avid collector of salt shakers, with many items in his collection appearing in national publications. He never met a dog he didn't like, and cast a wary eye to any person a dog wouldn't trust.

Stan was preceded in death by one sister, Neysa Much; both wives, Joyce and Shirley; a grandson, Sean; and brother-in-law, Roger Cushing.

He is survived by his four sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchilden, and by his sister Twylann Cushing and brother Irelan (Marilyn).

His body has been cremated. A memorial will be held privately for immediate family members at a later date.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Stanley McElderry hosted by Reece Funeral Home.

Stanley Irelan McElderry, born May 16, 1937 to Ralph and Ferieda (Irelan) McElderry on a farm near Drakesville, passed away May 14, 2024 in Oskaloosa.

A graduate of Davis County High School (Bloomfield), he married Violet Joyce Hopkins in 1961 and had four sons: Stanley Ray (Laurie) and Brad (Nan) of Ottumwa; Kenneth of Conroe, Texas; and Ralph of Moravia.

He worked many years as a Ralston Purina production worker and several decades as a boilermaker and pipe fitter, where, as a highly skilled welder, he travelled to help construct many of the nuclear power plants throughout the country. Stan also served in the National Guard from 1960-1964, with active duty training as an armor crewman and a combat demolitions specialist.

Stan enjoyed all things outdoors, including hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and looking for mushrooms. He enjoyed the occasional card game, especially cribbage, and at one time was an avid collector of salt shakers, with many items in his collection appearing in national publications. He never met a dog he didn't like, and cast a wary eye to any person a dog wouldn't trust.

Stan was preceded in death by one sister, Neysa Much; both wives, Joyce and Shirley; a grandson, Sean; and brother-in-law, Roger Cushing.

He is survived by his four sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchilden, and by his sister Twylann Cushing and brother Irelan (Marilyn).

His body has been cremated. A memorial will be held privately for immediate family members at a later date.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Stanley McElderry hosted by Reece Funeral Home.

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