Carl Kenneth "Ken" Gallmeyer, age 70 of Nashua, Iowa, formerly of Clarksville, Iowa was born the son of Carl and Helen (Ressler) Gallmeyer on February 7, 1942 in Waverly, Iowa. He received his education and graduated from Clarksville High School. He volunteered to serve in the Army Security Agency from 1962 to 1965, serving most of the time in Ethiopia. In 1965, Ken returned to Clarksville to work for Harvey and Lavon Poppe at Poppe's Grocery and Lunch.
In 1969, Ken married Carol Becker. To this union three children were born. The couple was later divorced. In 1973, Ken bought Poppe's Grocery and Lunch, which he operated until 2005. In May of 2005, Ken married Judy Huffman and lived four miles north of Nashua. They were later divorced.
Ken enjoyed the outdoors and going to sprint car races. Ken loved to feed and watch the wild animals and the birds. He had a special place in his heart for pets including his dog Belle and several cats who adopted him over the years. Ken will be remembered by many for his infectious smile, sense of humor and that special laugh that always let you know Ken was nearby. His generous spirit will be greatly missed.
Ken was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville. He was also a lifetime member of the Clarksville AMVET's, serving as Post Commander for one year and as Post Adjutant for several years. Ken was also a member of the Clarksville Commercial Club and served two years as their president.
Ken died on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at his home near Nashua. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Claire "Chuck" Gallmeyer; two sisters, Doris Gallmeyer and Ruth Adelmund.
Ken is survived by his three children, Mardell "Mardy" (Cyrus) Hornsby of Clearwater, Florida, Naomi (Rick Hronik) Gallmeyer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Seth (Carol) Gallmeyer of Topeka, Kansas; two brothers, Lee (Nedra) Gallmeyer of Hazelton, Iowa and Galen (Kathy) Gallmeyer of Clarksville; four sisters, Phyllis (Harlan) Steiber of Lansing, Iowa, Helen DeWitt of Waterloo, Iowa, Barbara Hilton of Marble Rock, Iowa, and Marlene (Ted) Stirling of Nora Springs, Iowa; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Immanuel United Church of Christ with burial in Lynwood Cemetery, both in Clarksville.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville, (319)278-4245, and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Judy Elizabeth Dotz Huffman
1933–2016 (m. 2005)
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