Earl is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jo; daughter, Kathryn (Doug) Ogden of Coralville; sons, Doug (Julie) of Iowa City, Scott of York, Neb., and Steve (Jackie) of San Antonia, Texas; six grandchildren, Logan and Lindsay Ogden, Kylie and Mitchell Horras, Katlyn and Lauren Horras; brothers, Vernon (Jan) of Centerville, Jerry (Penny) of Fairfield, Chuck (Betty) of Ames, and Don (Marguerite) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Jerome Sheets and Bob Kelly; and sisters-in-law, Ardy Schnittjer, Mary Horras and Theresa Horras.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dennis, Wayne, Herbert (Dutch) and Walter (Junior); and sisters, Betty, Donna and Marge.
Earl has donated his body to the University of Iowa for research. There will be a celebration honoring his life after a short pause to mourn and reflect. A Memorial Mass is scheduled for noon on July 6 at Mother Cabrini Church in Richland with a meal afterwards. Earl’s body will be cremated, and the ashes interred at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield. The date is yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Jo Horras, 306 N. Oak St., Richland, Iowa 52585 and left to the discretion of the family to distribute. Earl’s special request was for the Lions Leader Dog Program.
Online condolences can be sent to his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.