Paul Stephen Wellman

Written by Theresa Rose on June 8, 2016

Paul Stephen Wellman, 82, of rural Keosauqua, Iowa passed away at 10:24 A.M. Monday June 6, 2016 at the Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua.

Born July 31, 1933 in rural West Point, Iowa the son of Bernard “Ben” and Theresa Merschman Wellman.

On November 11, 1989 he married Marilyn Conrad Wellman in Farmington, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn of Keosauqua, three nephews: Sid, Dusty and Miles Wellman. Nieces and nephews: Darbee, Trent, Tara, Brett, Brittany, Haley, Tyler, Remy, Maddie and Trey. Sisters Dolores Freitag, Colonel Crescentia Wellman, Phyllis Ward and  brother Ronald (Linda) Wellman and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Bob, Donald, Stanley and sisters Germaine Lohman, Bernice Brower, and Virginia Wellman.

Paul was a member of St Boniface Catholic Church in Farmington. He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Bonaparte American Legion. Paul farmed with his brother Stanley after his discharge from the Air Force in 1955. They farmed, fed cattle and ran a large cow herd. In 1977 they purchased the Keosauqua Sale Company operating it until 1986. He was honored as the Lee County Cattleman of the year in 1981.

In addition to farming and raising cattle herd was also an accomplished horseman. Early in Paul’s horse training career he showed Appaloosa horses winning many awards including several national awards.  He roped, showed pleasure and halter horses but his true passion was cutting horses, training, riding and especially teaching the sport to new cutters; young and not so young.  Paul particularly enjoyed and connected with young riders.  He won several awards and was inducted in the Iowa Cutting Horse Hall of Fame in 2005.  Paul enjoyed reminiscing with people and could give you the genealogy of most of the West Point area.  He enjoyed reading and was always eager to learn new things and share that knowledge.

Friends may call after 1:00 pm Friday at Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point where the family will meet with friends from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.  There will be a parish rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

The mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.

Burial with full military rights by the Holtz-Geers American Legion Post #668 will be held in Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

A memorial has been established for the Van Buren County Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com .

The Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with the arrangements.