Francis Koehlmoos

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Francis Koehlmoos, age 78, of Des Moines, and formerly of Storm Lake, died Nov. 17, 2010 in Des Moines.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Alta. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Francis Koehlmoos was born June 30, 1932 in Germantown, the son of Fred and Gertrude Koehlmoos. He was baptized and confirmed at the St. John Lutheran Church in Germantown.

Growing up, Francis attended school through 8th grade at Germantown Country School.

Following school, Francis worked on the farm to help provide for the family. After his father died, his family moved into Paullina and he worked for the elevator and also cared for his mother until she died. He also was a livestock handler at IBP.

On Aug. 30, 1980, Francis was united in marriage to Delores Nissen in Paullina.

Francis was a great family man and loved his grandchildren. He was a handyman and could fix anything. He helped manage motels with Delores. Despite his health conditions, he walked his granddaughter down the aisle on the day of her wedding. Francis enjoyed going to Branson, Mo. with his family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 30 years, Delores Koehlmoos of Des Moines; children: Vicki Movall of Lancaster, Penn.; Kathi (Leon) Wipperling of Alta; Tony (Julie Christiansen) Ebel of Storm Lake; 7 grandchildren: Kimberly and Alvaro Velazquez of Sioux City; Derek Movall of Alta; Dillon and Dustin Ebel of Storm Lake; Katlin and Madlin Wipperling of Alta; sisters: Shirley (Jim) Tesch of Germantown; Pat (Jim) Caster of Sun City, Ariz.; brothers: Verdis (Carol) Koehlmoos of Spencer; Richard (Barb) Koehlmoos of Lincoln, Neb.; Robert (Betty) Koehlmoos of Cherokee; brother-in-law, Jim Mauser of Des Moines; special friends, Gordy (Shirley) Rohrs of Paullina; extended family and friends.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Gertrude Koehlmoos; sisters: Phyllis Mauser, Marlene Koehlmoos, Mildred Tesch; and one grandson, Johnathon Wipperling.