Elmer L. Angle (1927-2013)

Elmer L. Angle (1927-2013)


Elmer L. Angle, 85, of Ottumwa, went to be with his Lord August 9, 2013, at the University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Elmer L. Angle, 85, of  Ottumwa, went to be with his Lord August 9, 2013, at the University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Elmer was born December 24, 1927, in Huron, S.D., the son of Walter Lee and Una Mae Dewitt Angle.

A graduate of Ames High School, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

Elmer married Ruth L. Wagner in Lakefield, Minn., on June 11, 1950.

In 1951 Elmer graduated from the Iowa Highway Patrol Academy and was assigned to Post #8 in Mason City and lived in Garner. In 1965 he was promoted to Sgt. in Post #10 and lived in Oelwein. In 1972 was promoted to Lt. and served as Post Commander in Cedar Falls. In 1975 he was promoted to Cpt. and moved to Headquarters in Des Moines and was in charge of Field Operations and lived in Ankeny. In 1978 he was promoted to Major, continuing as Field Operations Officer. In 1986 he retired after 35 years of service with the Iowa State Patrol and the people of Iowa.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Ottumwa; four children, Jerry L. (Cathy) Angle of Ottumwa, Gary D. (Toni) Angle of Oelwein, Debra K. (Dick) Homewood of Cedar Falls and Keith E. Angle of Iowa City; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Elmer was preceded in death by an infant son, Bradley; his parents; a half brother, Byron "Pat" Conyers; a half sister, Margarette Whetstone and a brother, John R. Angle.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa with Rev. Mathew Andersen officiating. Honor guard will be provided by Iowa State Patrol at the church. Graveside service and burial will be 3 p.m. today at the Ames Municipal Cemetery with military services conducted by American Legion Post #37 of Ames.

Visitation was held Monday at Reece Funeral Home.

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