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Carl Burrell West Des Moines

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 10:14 a.m. CST

Carl Burrell, 84, of West Des Moines, formerly of Osceola, died Jan. 20, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

A committal service with military rites was held 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to his family to be decided at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

Carl Bernard Burrell, son of Leona May (Chumbley) and Nathan Carl Burrell, was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Clarke County.

Carl received his education in Clarke County and graduated from Osceola High School.

Soon after graduation, Carl entered the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. 

On April 4, 1954, Carl married Bethel Joan Brand in Osceola.

After his military service, Carl worked for various Hy-Vee Stores and managed the store in Lamoni. He later worked for Delevan’s in West Des Moines and most recently was a machinist at Wellman Dynamics.

Carl was a charter member of Osceola Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 3495 in Osceola, V.F.W. in Des Moines and Davis-Pence Post American Legion Post No. 69 in Osceola.

Carl is survived by his sons, Rick (Jackie) Burrell of Columbia Falls, Mont., and David Burrell of West Des Moines; daughter Jane (Tom) Sweeney of Granger; grandchildren, Jessica and Davey Burrell of Des Moines, Danielle Sweeney of Zimmerman, Minn., Brooke Sweeney of Madrid and Taylor (Jason) Cochran of Woodward; sisters, Lucille Reynolds of Osceola and Donna (John) Carson of Woodburn; sister-in-law Ann Burrell of Osceola; great-grandchildren, Mady Moisa, Quinton Sweeney, Shelby Woods, Madox Moisa, Addi Cochran, Eme Woods, Naomi Moisa and Bristol Cochran; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother Merrill Lee Burrell and brother-in-law Lowell Wayne Reynolds.

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