Hamilton County


Sgt. Bernerd Elston Ferrell




Bernerd Elston Ferrell was born Oct. 4, 1917 to John H. and Anna F. Clary Ferrell. He died Dec. 27, 1975 and is buried in the Blairsburg Cemetery, Blairsburg, IA.

Sgt. Ferrell served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Dec. 29, 1975

Bernie Ferrell, 58, lifelong Blairsburg resident, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Mary Greeley hospital in Ames where he had been a patient the past two and one-half weeks.

He had been in ill health for the past year.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Foster Funeral home with the Rev. Leslie Simonson officiating and with burial in the Blairsburg cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Williams American Legion post 633.

Bernard Elston Ferrell, son of John H. and Anna Clary Ferrell, was born Oct 4, 1917 on a farm near Blairsburg. He was reared and educated in that community and was graduated from Blairsburg high school in 1935.

He was united in marriage March 22, 1941 to Inez Pringle, and the couple had always since made their home in Blairsburg.

He entered the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and was stationed at Elgin Air Force base in Florida. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Blairsburg.

For 37 years he engaged in the livestock business. In 1973 he retired as fire chief of Blairsburg after having served in that capacity for 21 years. He had also served as city clerk at Blairsburg for the past 17 years.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter and one son, Jill Ferrell of Ames and Kirk Ferrell of Carroll; his mother, Mrs. Anna Ferrell, residing at the Southfield Care Center, in Webster City; a brother and one sister, John E. Ferrell of Jewell and Mrs. Gratus (Mildred) Geerdus of Steamboat Rock, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, and one brother who died in infancy.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Congregational in Blairsburg, the Williams Legion post 633 and also the Blairsburg Lions Club.

Source: ancestry.com