Earl Albert Vorrath, 88 years 1 month and 15 days, of rural Casey, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at his home.
Earl was born on October 2, 1933, in Adair County to Don and Katie (Marckmann) Vorrath. He was raised south of Richland and Fontanelle areas where he attended Richland School. At 19, he enlisted in the Navy and was on active duty during the Korean War from 2/18/52 to 2/9/56 plus 4 years in ready reserve. He traveled to many different countries aboard the Tanker USS Taluga (AO-62).
After serving, he returned home where he started farming south of Greenfield and met the love of his life, Nola Huntsman, at Orves Diner in Creston. On October 27, 1957, he was united in marriage to Nola Irene Huntsman in Thayer, Iowa. They were blessed with four children: Arlynn, Rhonda, Leland, and Terry. They moved to the farm south of Casey in 1964 where he farmed up until his last day.
During his years, he farmed, raised crops, and livestock, but had many hobbies including fishing, boating, and tinkering in his machine shed. You could always find him with a camera or video camera in hand capturing many of his family’s memories. He was fascinated with technology and loved being on his computer to stay in touch with his old Navy buddies. If you knew him, you could tell he was proud of his service and had the best stories. He loved being with his family and always had a trick up his sleeve or a good joke to tell. He knew no stranger and enjoyed talking to everyone he met.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nola Vorrath; his children: Arlynn (Jane) Vorrath of Adair; Rhonda (Randy) Wheatley of Adair, Leland Vorrath of Adair, and Terry (Carla Goetz) Vorrath of Adair; his grandchildren: Jason (Hope) Gettler, Stephanie (Brett) Dorsey, Ashley (Matt Bradley) Vorrath, Blake (Ashley Nelson) Vorrath, Lindsay (Luke) Dinkla, Megan (Kyle) Irlmeier, Jordan (Shelby) Wheatley, Tom (Yessenia) Vorrath, Rob Vorrath, Chanel (Ronnie) Edwards, Madison (Connor) Faust; his great-grandchildren: Shy (Matt) Bonnesen, Brooklyn (Joseph Hinton) Terry, Charlie (Juliet Shatkin) Terry, Molli and Keegan Gettler, Sophie and Blaize Dorsey, Harper, Boston and Barrett Dinkla, Aniston and Brant Irlmeier, Layten Wheatley, Yesselee, Zenlee, and Xenialee Vorrath, Brock and Bennett Edwards, and Lane Faust; his sister, Shirley Herrick of Norwalk; sister-in-law, Patty Huntsman of Arispe, IA; nieces, nephews, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives, and many friends.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents Don and Katie Vorrath; Nolen and Doris Huntsman (Father and Mother-in-Law); Mel Herrick (Brother-in-Law); and Sisters-in-Law: Carol Wise, Donna Donner, Bonnie Perdue.
Memorials may be directed to the Adair Fire Department or Ave of Flags at Sunnyhill Cemetery and may be mailed to the Schmidt Family Funeral Home (P.O. Box 532, Atlantic, IA 50022).
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, November 22, 2021, at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Adair, IA. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Burial will be held at the Sunnyhill Cemetery just south of Adair, IA.
The staff at Schmidt Family Funeral Homes are handling the arrangements.