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Loras M. Bellmann

April 13, 2019

Loras M. “Lorry” Bellmann, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 13, 2019 at Stonehill Franciscan Services Rehab Unit.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at St. Joseph Key West Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

He was born on December 1, 1924 in Richardsville, Iowa the son of Herman and Mathilda (Farni) Bellmann. He served in the US Army during WWII from 1945 to 1947 in Okinowa.

Loras married the love of his life Luella “Lou” M. Hoffmann on June 5th, 1951 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque.

He grew up on the family farm in Rickardsville, Iowa, after he was honorably discharged from the Army he owned and operated his own trucking business. He later was a truck driver for Concrete Products – Top Block for 40 years until retirement in 1987. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, lifetime member of VFW and member of Teamsters Union & Retirees.

He was proud to have participated in the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. Loras volunteered for various organizations and events around Dubuque. He always enjoyed a good game of euchre, working in the yard and visiting while sitting in his glider. But most of all he enjoyed his wife, his daughters and son-in-law and his grandsons, Grant and Graham who were truly the light of his life. His most enjoyable moments were attending anything his grandsons were involved in.

Loras was the kindest sweetest man who never had a negative thing to say about anyone. He was a good man who touched many lives and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Luella “Lou” Bellmann; his daughter Diane (Gary) Houselog, of Dubuque; 2 grandsons Grant (Elise) Houselog, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa who are expecting Lorry’s 1st great granddaughter in August, and Graham Houselog, of Dubuque; his brother Rudy (Joan) Bellmann, of Dubuque; sisters-in-law Helen Bellmann, of Durango, Iowa and Mary Jane Bellmann, of Dubuque; along with many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Debbie; brothers, Leonard, Joe, Carl, and Gene; sisters Mary Becker, Ceil Tigges, Clara Ahman and Agnes Melssen.

In lieu of flowers a Loras Bellmann memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dennis and Karen Schmitt for all the food and their many, many hours of help and kindness to the entire family. Thank you to Dr. Kirkendall and his wonderful nurse Kate; Hospice of Dubuque, and a very special thank you to the entire staff of Stonehill Franciscan Services Rehab Unit for all their love and compassionate care they gave to Loras and his family.

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