Paul Willard "Bud" Mealhow
1924 - 2021
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PAUL WILLARD "BUD" MEALHOW Shellsburg Paul Willard "Bud" Mealhow, 97, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the Shellsburg Farm surrounded by family. Paul was born on Feb. 19, 1924, the son of Paul Mealhow Sr. and Freda Fuehrer (Schlingman), in a farm house near Shady Grove, Iowa. Paul married Evelyn Eleanor McDermott Andorf on Dec. 5, 1953, in Waterloo. She was the love of his life. Paul attended Vinton High School where he was a Golden Gloves Boxer. After graduation he went to work at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1943. On June 15, 1944, Paul was part of the beachhead invasion of Saipan. On July 9, 1944, Paul was wounded after being on the island of Saipan for 35 days. On Oct. 5, 1945, Paul was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps and received a purple heart. Paul began farming with his father and brother Louie, in 1948, after purchasing a 650 acre farm southwest of Rowley, Iowa. In 1969, Paul bought and moved his family to an additional 360 acre farm north of Shellsburg. In 1980, Paul and Evelyn retired to Shellsburg where they were owners of the Potpourri Antique Shop and later converted it to a Tastee Freeze. They retired and moved to Waterloo in 1987, where they continued their travels to Europe, Egypt and Russia. During their travels in Ireland, Paul refused to kiss the Blarney Stone, stating he was more German than Irish. In his later years, Paul enjoyed helping his son Gene on the Shellsburg farm, packaging Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. Paul cared deeply for his family and enjoyed being surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was well know at the Isle of Capri and shared many stories about his winnings. But for Paul, the greatest winnings in his life were his wife and family. Survivors include three sons, Michael (Beverly) of Brandon, Gene (Lynn) of Shellsburg and Brett (Brenda) of Parker, Colo.; two daughters, Michele (David) Ward, of Boise, Idaho, and Janine Ambrose of Waterloo; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife; and three sisters, Pauline Kessons, Josephine Erickson and Charlotte Mealhow, in infancy; one brother, Louis Mealhow; and two grandchildren, Tasha Graci and Aimee Haes. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 17, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, both in Waterloo. Full military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 138 and VFW Post 1623 with flag presentation by Marine Corp Funeral Honors. Public visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the funeral home on West Ridgeway and continue for one hour before services on Monday. Memorials: directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or the family. Online condolences may be left at

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Published in The Gazette on May 14, 2021.
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June 8, 2021
Hardest guy I ever tried to keep up with, and that counts the first time I met him and Evie and went out on the town with them and Michele. I will always have that memory as we hit it till the bars closed and then headed out to find a 7-11 for more beers, and we did. We got along quite well and I miss those good memories with him as with all his family.
stephen graci
May 14, 2021
God , Country , Corps Rest Easy Brother , Heaven`s streets are guarded by Marines , You get the 4am-8am other Marine
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May 14, 2021
Thank you for your Military service

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