Carl A. Oehl, age 87 of Amana, Iowa, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, Iowa. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Homestead, with Rev. Terry Small officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Amana Community Church, Amana, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carl is survived by his daughter, Carla Oehl Sheely; his son, Scott Oehl; a grandson, Travis Sheely and wife Laura Kay; and a great-grandson Dylan Sheely, all of Amana. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Emily Oehl of Amana, and very special friends, Harold “Bud” Schulte and Sue Heitman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Fern of 54 years in 2009, and two brothers, Raymond and his wife Alice, and R. Fred Oehl.
Carl Oehl was born July 18, 1927 in Amana, Iowa, the son of Fred and Helene Hergert Oehl. He graduated from the Amana High School with the Class of 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-46 stationed in Chicago. Carl was united in marriage to Fern Wichmann on September 12, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Homestead. He started his career at the Amana Meat Market, and he and his family owned and operated the Colony Market Place in South Amana for over 30 years.
Carl was a lifetime resident of Amana. He actively participated in community projects and was a member of several local organizations. He was a member of the Amana Colonies Travel Council, past president of the Iowa Restaurant Association, and past president of the East Iowa Tourism Board. Carl and his partners operated the “Amana on the Hill” at the Iowa State Fair for over 20 years. He also was instrumental in the development of the Travel Host and Tourism in the Amana Colonies and in the State of Iowa.
Carl loved Iowa sports, and also enjoyed outdoor activities. His hobby was collecting “friends”. He believed a stranger was just a friend that he had not yet a chance to meet. His favorite saying was “Keep Smiling”.