Keith Evan Musfeldt
March 29, 1949 - September 9, 2021
Keith Evan Musfeldt, age 72, of Winter Haven, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Keith was born March 29, 1949.
Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in charge of services.


Carl "Kelly" Musfeldt WWII

Kelly, son of Fred and Emma (Ruge) Musfeldt, was born November 4, 1916 in Manning, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. He attended rural schools near his home and later attended Manning High School.

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.


Donald Musfeldt WWII

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...
Thanks
Dave

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.


Emma (Heesch) Schrum, Emma Musfeldt


Diane Musfeldt


Kathy Musfeldt


Patricia Musfeldt


Ronald Reagan, Donald Musfeldt


Harry Musfeldt 1975

Harry & Dorothea Musfeldt farm

Dorothea Elaine Musfeldt was born April 8, 1924, in Manning, Iowa. She is the daughter of Hugo and Adelaide (Weise) Schrum. Dorothea married Harry Musfeldt in 1944. He was the son of Fred and Emma (Ruge) Musfeldt. Harry died in September of 1977. Dorothea has one brother and three sisters: Mrs. Wendell (Norma) Luetje; Roy Schrum (deceased); Mrs. Pete (Margaret) Thielen, deceased; and Delores Schrum (deceased). Harry had one sister, Mrs. Harold (Alice) Beck, and two brothers, Don of Texas, and Kelly (deceased). Harry and Dorothea resided on a farm west of Manning for many years. Dorothea moved to a house on Ninth Street in Manning in 1989.

Harold & Alice (Musfeldt) Beck family
Harold, son of Carl and Bertha (Rudnick) Beck, was born in Audubon County in 1918. He attended parochial school at Trinity Lutheran Church and graduated from Gray High School. He entered the service in 1942 and was discharged in 1945.

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.


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