Albert  Saffell Jr.


Albert Saffell Jr., 96, of Ottumwa, died June 13, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
He was born April 21, 1923 in Oskaloosa, IA to Albert and Bessie Chilcote Saffell Sr. He married Gretchen Louise Collett on November 12, 1944 and she preceded him in death on July 25, 2001.
A resident of Ottumwa most of his life, he owned and operated Superior Motors until he retired in 1986.
Albert and Gretchen were founding members of the square dance group "Dudes & Dolls". He enjoyed country music and made many friends after joining the hospice group.
Albert is survived by his son, John R. "Sam" (Barbara) Saffell of Ottumwa; two grandsons, Todd (Megan) Saffell of Ottumwa and Tony (Michelle) Saffell of Oskaloosa; a great-grandson, Calvin; two great-granddaughters, Libby and Madison; several nieces and dear friend, Rosemary Beamer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Fern and Maxine and sister-in-law, Betty Rash.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Bradley Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House.
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Published on June 14, 2019
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Harvey & Ann Grooms
Jun 18, 2019
Sam & Barb,
Just learned of Al's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We knew him as always smiling, helping people, & telling a story. We were lucky to spend some time with him & your mother in Florida. May you find comfort in your memories. HUGS