In Memory of

Wayne W. Stellish

May 27, 1919 - February 2, 2012
Wayne W. Stellish, the son of Louis and Lousetta (Both) Stellish, was born on May 27, 1919, on a farm near Hartley, IA. He received his early education in the Hartley public schools. When he was 17, his family purchased a farm near Cherokee, IA. With the exception of four years he spent in the Air Force during WWII, Wayne continued to live on that same farm until his death. While in the service with the 306th Bomb Group in Thurleigh, England, Wayne was assigned to train with the Royal Air Force as an air traffic controller. It was during his service years that he met a young lady named Anne Bradfield, from County Cork, Ireland. The couple was married in England in 1945. They returned to the U.S. in 1946, and settled on the Stellish family farm. Wayne and Anne raised four children there-Dennis, Kenneth, Leslie and Nancy. The farming included a large farrow-to-finish hog operation, which Wayne thoroughly enjoyed. Anne passed away in 2001, and several years later, Wayne decided to establish an area on the farm to display artifacts and family memorabilia--memories of life in rural Cherokee County in the 20th Century. In memory of his parents and beloved wife, the Stellish "Barn of Memories" was created. Wayne loved reminiscing and telling the historical significance of his collection to area residents and groups that toured the barn. He also enjoyed attending reunions of the 306th Bomb Group, his faithful dog Murphy, and feeding the squirrels and cats. He was a member of Immaculate Catholic Church. Wayne passed away at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, IA, on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Anne, and sister, Beverly Godfrey. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Dennis Stellish of China, Kenneth Stellish of Aurelia, IA, Leslie Stellish of Westminster, CO, and Nancy and her husband, Phil McIlvennan; his grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his special companion, Margaret Petrucka of Cherokee; a brother-in-law, Ralph Godfrey of Cherokee; a brother-in-law, Michael Bradfield of Bandon, Ireland; special nieces and nephews Loren Godfrey, Darrel Godfrey, Darlys Winebrinner, Michael, Patrick and Eugene Hayes, as well as many other members of the Bradfield family of Ireland.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Armand Bertrand
Darrell Godfrey Loren Godfrey Dan Gehlsen Anthony Stellish Phil McIlvennan Denny Deyoung
Visitation at the funeral home will begin at noon on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., followed by a rosary by the Knights of Columbus.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Just happened to come across your dad's obituary. My deepest sympathy to you and the rest of your family. I know my mom always enjoyed talking to Wayne and Anne. They were always so gracious to her.

- Mary J Tigges Waltz
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Nancy, Phil, Les and family Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know Wayne will be missed by all of you. You have many great memories of him to hold in your hearts. He was a good man. ”
- Dexter and Laura Cooper
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Nancy,Phil,Les and the Stellish family, Laura and I were very sorry and saddened to hear about Wayne. He was a wonderful guy. We enjoyed the video. ”
- Dexter and Laura Cooper
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Nancy and Phil, Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We only saw him a few times, but we found him to be very pleasant and intersting to talk to. He was a very good looking man. We couldn't get the video to work (probably me). May he rest in peace and you have precious memories. He thought the world of you. ”
- Joe and Dolores Padilla
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sad to hear of the death of Uncle Wayne. I last saw him 10 years ago when he visited Ireland and came to stay in Cork at our home in the Rise Bishopstown. I had many happy days showing him around. He is now with his beloved Anne or Aunty Dolly as we called her. May he rest in peace and all my love to the family at this sad time. Richard”
- Richard Bradfield
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“To the Stellish Family. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Wayne. We all will miss him! Marie, Stew and family.”
- Marie McIlvennan
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere condolences to Dennis, Kenneth, Leslie and Nancy on the loss of their father Wayne. We have many happy memories of his visit to Scotland in 2002 and in all the letters and phone calls we have received from him over the years keeping us in touch with all his lovely family. Our prayers go out to all the family. May he Rest in Peace +”
- Joan, Gordon, Graham and Melanie Smith
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I just want you to know I've thought of you often throughout the years. Your parents were both gems! May you feel God's abiding comfort now and always. What a nice photograph of your dad.”
- Marilyn Miller Chadwick
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I would like to give my condolences to the family. He was a great man to have known for as many years as I have known him. He was always upbeat and very friendly. He will be missed greatly. ”
- Pamela L Napier
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Wayne. What a joy filled full life he lived. All the experiences he had over his lifetime made him the caring person he was in so many of our lives. Sorry I am not able to attend the funeral services. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers always. Love Darlys & Don and family.”
- Darlys J. Winebrinner
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“He was a great man. I loved to work for him. He was nicer to talk to than alot of people about policts than most people. He was a great person. ”
- Darrell L Underwood
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Please accept my sincerest condolences on the death of Wayne. I recall many times chatting with Wayne and his father Louis when living with the Bertil Peterson family.”
- Keith W. Tolzin
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I met Wayne on the mail route and he was a mailman's friend. I remember the utter delight when he finally figured out who left a watermelon in his mailbox. We had many friendly chats, both on the route and after I retired. I'll miss him! ”
- Howard Rupp
Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“May God's Blessings shower you with wonderful memories, warm smiles and tender tears as the family mourns the passing of Wayne. ”
- The Godfrey Family
Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Sending you are sympathy on the loss of your father, grandpa and a wonderful man. May God Bless YOU AND kEEP YOU, Amen!!!”
- doug and tamie mummert and family
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