Hamilton County


Harley Jennings Chelsvig





Harley Jennings Chelsvig was born Sept. 30, 1927 to Tommy Charles and Gladys Irene Opstvedt Chelsvig. He died Sept. 29, 1984 and is buried in the Roland Cemetery, Roland, IA.

Harley served with the U.S. Army in World War II.

His Obituary: South Hamilton Record-News, Jewell, IA - Oct. 5, 1984

Harley Jennings Chelsvig was born on Sept. 30, 1927 near Radcliffe in Hamilton County. He was the son of Tommy Chelsvig and his wife Gladys Opstvedt Chelsvig.

Harley was baptized into the Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Radcliffe, and later confirmed his faith in Bethany Lutheran Church, McCallsburg, Iowa.

He attended the McCallsburg Schools, where he graduated from High School. He also attended Ellsworth Junior College in Iowa Falls.

Harley and Lillian Johnson were married on June 15, 1947 at Bethany Church, McCallsburg, then moved to Nevada, Iowa, before moving to Jewell in 1962.

Harley worked at various occupations during his life time including being owner of the Chevrolet Garage in Jewell from 1962 to 1967. In his last years he worked for Western Trucking of Baker, Montana in Public Relations.

He was a former member of the Jewell Lions Club, and he had also been the golf pro for the Jewell Country Club, was active in Scouting and various church activities.

Harley had been in poor health for over one year, and had been in several hospitals numerous times the past year. He entered the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames for the last time, on Tuesday, Sept. 25/ It was there he died the morning of Sept. 29, 1984. He was preceded in death by his father, Tommy who died in Feb. 9, 1970.

He is survived by his wife: Lillian; by his mother, Mrs. Gladys Chelsvig of Story City; by two daughters: Kathleen—Mrs. Jim Hart of Wilmington, Delaware and Deborah—Mrs. Darrel Severson of Jewell; by two sons: Michael of Ames, and Richard of Ida Grove; by two grandchildren: Megan Hart and Joshua Severson; by two brothers: Joel Chelsvig of McCallsburg and Leslie Chelsvig of Story City, and by one sister: Mrs. Gayle Harris of Des Moines.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2 at 1:30 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Jewell with Rev. Otto Zwanziger officiating. Burial was made in the Roland Cemetery with flag folding at the grave. Mrs. Harry Harman was organist and Harris Twedt, Jr. and Adrian Johnson sang solos. Pallbearers were Don Romp, Dave Larson, Leonard Anderson, Lloyd Walker, Jerry Michaelson and Carrol Reisetter. Honorary pallbearers were Elmer Erickson, Melford Hove, Clyde Burns, Wally Cooke, Bayard Holt, Gus Hilken, A. J. Johnson and Pastor Victor Hackbarth.

Sources: ancestry.com