Obituary for Stanford Pelzer

Stanford Pelzer, 87, of Cumberland, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, at Atlantic Specialty Care.

Stanford Eugene Pelzer was born to Alvin S. and Jennie (Mullen) Pelzer on September 13, 1930, at the family farm south of Cumberland in Cass County, Iowa. He attended Maple Valley country school in his early years and received his high school diploma from the Cumberland Public School in 1949. Following graduation, he began farming with his father and brother, Gary on the family farm, until retiring in 1980. He then worked at American Buildings in Atlantic as a welder for many years.

He was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Drager on October 29, 1950, at her parent’s home in Cumberland. Stanford loved life on the farm planting and harvesting the crops. He raised hogs for many years and maintained a cattle herd long after his farming ended. He always had an interest in old John Deere tractors and even restored a 1943 John Deere “B”. Stanford looked forward to participating in tractor rides during his retirement.

Stanford and Marjorie regularly traveled to watch his grandchildren’s high school and college sporting events. Many Saturday nights were spent at the Adams County Speedway, taking in a stock car race. Later in life, he was an avid reader and enjoyed books with a “western” theme. He also enjoyed playing cards in Grant and watching Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Andy Griffith reruns.

Stanford is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Cumberland; his children, Diane Van Haaften of Apple Valley, MN, Steve (Becky) Pelzer of Cumberland; his sister, Ardella (Sherman) Walker of Roseville, CA; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Pelzer of Atlantic. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Jeff (Dawn) Van Haaften of Prior Lake, MN, Chris (Irina) Van Haaften of Jacksonville, FL, Aaron (Amanda) Pelzer of Norwalk, Casey (Haley) Pelzer of Atlantic, and Molly (Heath) Haner of Council Bluffs; great-grandchildren, Gracey and Nelley Pelzer of Atlantic, Audric, Aidrey and Adicus Pelzer of Norwalk, and Erik Andenko of Jacksonville, FL; along with nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Sheldon and Gary Pelzer.

Visitation with the family present will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Roland Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Stanford’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Stanford E. Pelzer

September 13, 1930
Cumberland, Iowa

April 9, 2018
Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of
87 years, 6 months, 27 days

10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018
Roland Funeral Home
Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Casey Pelzer
Cumberland United Methodist Church
Cumberland, Iowa

Heidi Hinman

“I Can Only Imagine”
“Hymn of Promise”

Aaron Pelzer
Casey Pelzer
Molly Haner
Heath Haner
Jeff Van Haaften
Chris Van Haaften
Jack Erickson

Atlantic Cemetery
Atlantic, Iowa

Stanford’s family invites and encourages everyone to join them for lunch at Roland Funeral Home following services at the cemetery.

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