Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 24, 2011
OBITUARY - DR. ROY EUGENE FELL
February 6, 1908 ~ March 18, 2011
Roy Eugene FELL, 87, was born on July 27, 1923 and raised in Walnut Iowa the son of Glen and Gladys FELL. Roy attended
school and participated in football, basketball, school plays, band, and glee club. He graduated in 1940 and attended Iowa
State University. He decided to go to California and worked in the Basalt Rock Shipyards in Napa helping to build mine
layers and destroyers for 2 years.
He joined the Navy and following boot camp in Idaho, he was sent to the Panama Canal
help guard the Panama Sea Frontier at the Naval Air Base. Roy was discharged in 1946 and returned to help his parents on
In 1950 he returned to college and completed his undergraduate degree at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.
During this time he also met and married Frances Ann THOMPSON from Clarion, Iowa.
Roy first learned of osteopathy from the
family doctor in Atlantic, Iowa and liked the principle of using his hands as well as medicine to help people be well. Roy
was admitted to the Still Osteopathic College in Des Moines and graduated in 1954. Then he interned at Des Moines General
and Broadlawns Hospital.
After graduation, Mrs. Sylvia MOFFETT from Mount Ayr called and asked if Roy would be
interested in helping with Dr. MOFFETT's practice located on the west side of the square. Roy and Fran moved their young
family to Mount Ayr and after several years, built their own office building at 207 N. Taylor St. After an initial test
period of several years, during which he drove to Creston to see his hospitalized patients, he was allowed access to the
Ringgold County Hospital.
Roy loved his patients like family. He not only provided sound medical advice but he also
listened to their problems, joys, and concerns, and his
"bedside manner" was his best attribute.
Roy and Fran helped bring several other physicians to Mt. Ayr during the years
they were in practice (Drs. LIPPOLD, PATEL, IRVING, RICKER). Roy was also instrumental in bringing specialists like Dr.
SHRECK to Mount Ayr to strengthen medical services in the rural community.
Roy also served on the Mt. Ayr School Board for
12 years, the United Presbyterian Church session, taught Sunday School, and served on the board of the Ringgold County Group Home.
Roy died Sunday, February 20, 2011 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa following a brief illness.
Roy leaves behind his six children, Fay HOWIE of Mt. Ayr, Paul FELL (Stephany) of Pleasant Hill, IA, John FELL (Sohila)
of West Des Moines, IA, Eric FELL (Judy) of Mt. Ayr, Mary ROBERTSON (Mike) of Omaha, NE, and Jim FELL (Rachael) of Lees
Summit, MO, as well as 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his beloved wife, Fran, of 60 years, brother Max FELL, son-in-law, Terry HOWIE,
brothers-in-law, Howard GROVES, John ALLEN, Doc SUNDBERG, and Curtis CLUTTER and sisters-in-law, Iris GROVES and Lola
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.
Services were conducted at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church of Mount Ayr on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, with Rev.
Michael MADDY officiating. Musicians included Nancy SACKETT, Carol McCREARY, Grace WARIN, Barbie BELZER and Jodie WURSTER.
Caskt bearers included Brian FELL, Nathan HOWIE, Nolan HOWIE, Brandon FELL, Trevor FELL and Alex FELL.
were Alicia STILL, Lydia FELL, Jennifer FELL, Mya FELL, Chad PEDERSEN, Whitney FELL, Nikki JENSEN, Brianne KOP,
Stephanie ROBERTSON and Trent FELL.
Military honors were by Ringgold Post #172 and Iowa Honor Guard.
was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of
Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2011
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