Carl "Kelly" Musfeldt WWII
On September 14, 1940, he was united in marriage with Luella Schultz at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Kelly and Luella had five children and, except for his time in the service, they lived all of their lives in the Aspinwall and Manning areas.
On May 3, 1944, Kelly was drafted into the U.S. Army at Camp Dodge, Iowa. After 17 weeks of, basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, he was sent to Germany where he served in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central European Theater of Operation as an infantryman. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, the European-African-Middle Eastern Badge with three Bronze Battle Stars, and one Overseas Medal. Kelly returned home in 1945 and received his discharge from Camp Campbell, Kentucky.
He owned and operated the Musfeldt Rendering Service for thirty years. He was an active member of the Emil Ewoldt Post No. 22 of the American Legion and VFW Post No. 3517, both of Manning.
Kelly had been in failing health for some time and died on March 25, 1984, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 67 years, 4 months, and 21 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Harry, and his grandson, Michael Musfeldt.
He is survived by his wife, Luella, Aspinwall; by five children: Diane Campbell, Bonifay, Florida, Pat Branning, Carroll, Iowa, Kathy Huston, El Cajon, California, Carla Darby, Morgantown, West Virginia, Keith "Beaver" Musfeldt, Audubon, Iowa; by 14 grandchildren: Leign Campbell, Lisa Campbell, Brent Branning, Darcy Branning, Kurt Branning, Jon Branning, Kelly Huston, Mary Huston, Heidi Huston, Amy Huston, Claire Darby, Camille Darby, Jennifer and Maggie Musfeldt; by one sister, Alice Beck, Clovis, California; by one brother, Don Musfeldt of Allentown, Pennsylvania; by a sister-in-law, Dorothea Musfeldt, Manning; by, one uncle, Rudolph Ruge, Omaha, Nebraska, and by one aunt, Nora Musfeldt, Manning.
Keith also served in the military but I have no military pictures and very little information, and I would like to include Keith with his dad's military bio, so
if anyone has military pictures and information for Keith, please contact me...
Keith "Beaver" Musfeldt, son of Carl and Luella Musfeldt, went into the Army November 24, 1968. He was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington,
for three months basic training, then to Aberdeen, Maryland, to Quartermaster Heavy Equipment Repair School for six months.
He was then sent to Frankfurt Horst, Germany for 27 months, and received his discharge November 22, 1971.
He was in the National Guard for one year and is a member of Emil Ewoldt Legion Post and the V.F.W. Post in Manning.
He is currently living in Ross and operates Beaver's Rendering Service.
Ronald Reagan, Donald Musfeldt
Harry Musfeldt 1975
Harry & Dorothea Musfeldt farm
Alice, daughter of Fred and Emma (Ruge) Musfeldt, was born in 1924 and graduated from Manning High School in 1941. She taught country school for 2 years, then entered the Army Cadet Nurse Corps in 1944. When Harold returned from service, Alice dropped her schooling and they were married in 1945. They farmed in Audubon County for 8 years, moved to a farm near the 5-mile house for 13 years and then moved to the Otto Popp farm near Manning where they lived until 1978. While living on the Popp farm, Alice continued her education at DMACC in Carroll and obtained her license as a Practical Nurse.
They then moved to California where they lived 19 1/2 years managing apartments. While living there, Harold would often go to Monterey and go deep-sea fishing. He and Alice also were privileged in joining their families on trips to Germany, China, Hawaii and Alaska. They also ventured out in the U.S. to places such as New York, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Tennessee, to name a few.
Harold and Alice returned to the Midwest to reside in Omaha in 1997. In 1998 Harold passed away and Alice continues to live in Omaha.
The couple had 7 children: Judy, Fresno, California; Robert and his wife Jennifer (Zerwas), Omaha; Paula and her husband Jim Willett, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chrissie and her husband Kris Lettow, Arvada, Colorado; Marsha, Golden, Colorado; Dennis, died in an auto accident and Russell who died at birth. They have 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.