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Carrell William Husz

February 28, 1934 ~ March 6, 2019 (age 85)

Carrell William Husz, age 85 of Windsor Heights, IA

There will be a viewing beginning at 2 p.m. with visitation for friends and family being held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8th at O’Leary Funeral & Cremation Services in Norwalk.  A celebration of life service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9th at O’Leary’s with a reception with the family immediately following.  A private family burial will take place later in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.  For condolences and flowers visit  or call (515) 981-0700.


Carrell's Life Story

Carrell William Husz, the fifth child born to Detluf and Emma (Fahrenkrug) Husz, was born February 28, 1934 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  He grew up on a farm (Route 2) near Treynor, Iowa where he attended a one-room school house.  After school he worked for his family on their farm.   He then enlisted into the United States Army in 1956 serving in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1958.

Following his return from Korea he met his wife Shirley Ann Avis of Treynor.  They were married on February 4, 1961 and to this union they had four girls and a boy.  Following their marriage they lived in Council Bluffs, Mineola, Ankeny and then Norwalk. 

Carrell owned and operated a Gulf Gas Station on SE 14th Street in the 1970’s.  He then went to work as a maintenance man at the Equitable Building and  later at the Holiday Inn off Merle Hay Road where he worked for 35 years.  Carrell worked construction on the side and most recently worked as a night stock manager at Dahls grocery store on EP True Parkway in West Des Moines up until the age of 82.

Carrell enjoyed gardening and growing vegetables, finding treasures at garage sales and then flipping the items (mostly cast-iron pots and pans), and pheasant and quail hunting.  Carrell’s memberships included both Sam’s Club and Costco where he enjoyed making the rounds eating his meals by sampling the foods.

Carrell died peacefully March 6, 2019 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.  He lived 85 years and 6 days.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Greg in 2010; and his four siblings, Dudley Husz, Darrell Husz, Richard Husz, and Dorothy Graham.

He is survived by his four daughters, Renae (Donnie) Hildreth of Cumming, Roxanne Husz of Johnston, Rachelle (Garth) Swisher of Cumming, and Robin (Randy) Golay of St. Charles; 7 grandchildren Nicole and Kate Hildreth, Abby Swisher, Allison and Jordan Golay, Grace and Gretchen Overton-Husz.



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