Curtis D. “Curt” Wellman, age 78, of La Porte City, died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
He weighed only 3 lbs when born at home, in rural Black Hawk County, Iowa, during a blizzard on February 9, 1936, son of Arthur C. and Elsie (Harting) Wellman. Curt attended the former Jubilee School and then graduated from La Porte City High School in 1954 and served in the US Army from 1955-1957 and received several accolades. He was united in marriage with Leona Steffens in 1959 and they later divorced. Julie Simons has been his life partner for the last 16 years.
After returning from the Army, Curt started farming with his father and his brother Ray. Curt was President and owner of Wellman Farms Inc. for many years, which was a large grain and livestock farm with interests across several counties. He was co-owner of W & W Livestock Enterprises, Inc., a hog farm and buying station and was most recently president and owner of W & W Farms Inc. His love for cattle and the farm continued throughout his life. Due to the death of a business partner and friend, he became sole owner of Estep Motors in La Porte City and operated the business from 1981-1986. Following the sale of the dealership he worked for a large grain elevator and agricultural dealership. He then worked at Cardinal Motors in Vinton and was a sales representative at Witham Auto in La Porte City for over 10 years. Curt was a man of high integrity and was loved dearly by his family, friends and community. He will be sincerely missed by all.
Survivors include his 5 children, Greg (Becky) Wellman, Lanell (Darryl) Maser and Kim (Danny) Reiter, all of La Porte City, Jodi Moré of Houston, TX and Rod (Karla) Nielsen of Brandon; 15 grandchildren, Jason (Libby), and Ethan (Megan) Wellman, Cassandra and Alexandria Sturtz, Mikayla Allen, Dillan and Zach Maser, Nick (Brooke), Brock (Jessica), and Cheyne Reiter, Chase and Brock Kruckemeyer, Julian Moré, Cayden and Riley Nielsen; 2 great grandchildren, Cael and Peyton Reiter and another great grand baby Wellman on the way; a brother, Rayfield (Jean) Wellman of Traer, IA; Julie’s 3 children, Krystal (Kerry) Hines of La Porte City, Kori (Lance) Hulin of Jesup and Kari (Robert) Thompson of Waterloo; 8 grandchildren, Alanna, Gabriel, Joshua and Theodore Hines; Tiffany and Matt Hulin and Blake and Ryley Thompson.
Curt was preceded in death by his parents and his former wife, Leona.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee, rural La Porte City with burial in the church cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post #207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 27 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the family or Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee Memorial Fund, 12007 Jubilee Road, La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com