Verdell C. Schmalle, 80, of Fayette died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union.
Memorial services will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Fayette with Rev. Mee Kang officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 9th, at Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Fayette and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to the Dollars for Scholars program at North Fayette Valley Schools in West Union.
Verdell Clare, son of Samuel and Nellie (Merchant) Schmalle was born December 16, 1935 in Thornton, Iowa. He received his education in Thornton, graduating from Thornton High School in 1953. On June 2, 1957 he was united in marriage with Bonnie Aamodt in Joice, Iowa. Verdell went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa in 1958. He would later complete his Master's Degree from the University of Iowa in 1964.
Verdell spent his working career as an educator. He taught and coached in Dayton (1959-60), Martell (1961), and Ventura (1962-68), before moving to Fayette in 1968 and serving as principal of the Fayette Community Schools until 1984. In 1984, he began working for the Iowa Commission for the Blind as a counselor and did so until retiring in 1998. Verdell was recognized by the Governor’s Committee as the state’s Handicapped Employee of the year in 1985. Verdell’s work as an educator, coach, and counselor was an example and inspiration to his students and earned the respect of all who knew Mr. Schmalle.
Verdell was a member of the local Lions Club International and was recently honored as a fifty-year member. He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Fayette where he served on the Church Council. He was also a member of the Iowa Retired School Personnel Association and Big Rock Country Club, where he enjoyed playing cards with his friends. Verdell learned how to sail at the age of fifty-five, and following retirement enjoyed traveling. He never missed an opportunity to listen to his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.
In addition to his wife, Bonnie of Fayette, he is survived by his three children, Verlynn (Anne) Schmalle of Wausau, Wisconsin, Margaret Schmalle (Pat McArtor) of Iowa City and Marlys (Steven) Franzen of Hawkeye; seven grandchildren, Angela (Jesse) Craycraft, Greta (Dan) Backman, Andie (Curtis) Davis, Kayla Schmalle, Kimberly Kallis, and Max and Gabriel Caballero; special friend and companion, Bonnie Lindquist of Fayette; sisters-in-law, Beulah Schmalle of Belmond, Iowa and Myrna Langerud of Des Moines; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Verdell was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Schmalle; two sisters and their spouses, Lois and Roger Caffrey, Ardeth and Alvin Aastrup; and one brother-in-law, Duane Langerud.