Earl Shostrom Obituary

Earl R. Shostrom
Earl R. Shostrom
Earl R. Shostrom

May 2, 1921 - January 10, 2011
Born in Dayton, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Earl R. Shostrom, 89, died peacefully at home in Urbandale on Monday, January 10, 2011. A memorial service is planned for Friday, January 28, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., with the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Dayton, Iowa, at a later date.

Earl was born May 2, 1921, in Dayton, to Russell and Elvina Shostrom. He graduated from Dayton High School in 1939 and attended the first annual American Legion Iowa Boys State. His studies at the University of Iowa were interrupted in 1943 when he was called up to the 358th Army Infantry Regiment of the 90th Division. Earl landed at Utah Beach several days after the Normandy Invasion and was wounded and awarded five medals.

Earl married Sarah Homeier, also of Dayton, on November 19, 1944. After Earl completed law school, they moved to Des Moines in 1947 when Earl became an assistant attorney general for the state of Iowa. He settled into a lifetime career at Principal Financial as a corporate insurance attorney. Earl and Sarah were members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and supporters of Urbandale High School, the University of Iowa, and Drake University.

Earl began refereeing basketball and football in college and became a Big Eight Conference official, working the Cotton Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Sugar Bowl. He also assisted the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union as Supervisor of Officials, and served as chief observer for the Big Eight and Iowa Conferences. For more than 55 years, Earl was an official at the Drake Relays. He is a member (as a referee) of the Iowa High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was a founding member of the Des Moines Civil War Round Table, helped begin Highland Park Little League, was a longtime member of Sertoma International , Central Iowa American Scandinavian Foundation, the American Legion and Lions Club. He was proud to have served on the committee that raised the funds to build the WWII memorial on the Iowa State Capitol grounds and to have participated in an Honor Flight to the National WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah, in 2007. He is survived by daughter Karen (Mark) Lehmann of Waverly; son Keith Shostrom of Overland Park, KS; sister Lois Kerr of Des Moines; sister-in-law Mary Homeier of Newton; and grandsons Erik Lehmann (fiancée Dana Johnson) of Iowa City and Kirk Lehmann of Waverly.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Sertoma International, Urbandale Lions Club, the Iowa Hall of Pride, or Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

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Aldersgate United Methodist Church
3600 - 75th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Friday, January 28, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
3600 - 75th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Friday, January 28, 2011
11:00 AM


Urbandale Lions Club c/o Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Urbandale, IA US 50322