James J Ehrenfelt
August 18, 1932 - January 10, 2021

James J Ehrenfelt

James J Ehrenfelt
Aug 18, 1932 - Jan 10, 2021

James J Ehrenfelt
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Wellman- James "Jim" Junior Ehrenfelt was born August 18, 1932, in Muscatine, Iowa the son of James Russell and Lavada (Gingerich) Ehrenfelt. He attended Mid Prairie High School. On April 6, 1950, Jim was united in marriage to Virginia Lee Miller at the Baptist Church Parsonage in Wellman. In his earlier years, he worked for Wilson's Meat Packing in Cedar Rapids, Amana Refrigeration, drove a school bus for Mid Prairie Schools and later was a co-owner and operator of Kalona & Wellman Ready Mix. Jim was a member of the Wellman Baptist Church and the VFW in Richmond. He enjoyed gardening tomatoes, playing cards and having a beer or two with friends. Jim died on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Halcyon House in Washington at the age of 88 years.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, daughter Kathy West both of Wellman; a son Larry Ehrenfelt of Garden City, Kansas; seven grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and a brother Bill Ehrenfelt of Wellman. He was preceded by his parents and two brothers Kirk and Larry Ehrenfelt.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman. Burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are for the Wellman Fire Department and First Responders. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Sandy Maher on Jan 13, 2021

Kathy was so sorry to hear about your dad .Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hugs and prayers Kathy.

Connie Ehrenfelt Hamilton and her husband Bill on Jan 13, 2021

Our condolences to all the Ehrenfelt family. Memories of some great Thanksgivings at our parents home in Kalona. Connie Ehrenfelt Hamilton

Mary & Mike Knerr on Jan 13, 2021

CandleOur hugs and deepest sympathy to the entire Ehrenfelt family. Jim was such a cool dude! ❤

Christine Huston on Jan 12, 2021

I always enjoyed seeing Jim when he stopped in at city hall. His garden tomatoes were the best! My most sincere sympathy to all of the family. He will be missed in the Wellman community. Chris Huston

Betsey Euliss (Ehrenfelt) on Jan 12, 2021

I love you Grandpa. Thanks for being the best Grandpa ever. There will never be another in this world like you.

Betsey Euliss (Ehrenfelt) on Jan 12, 2021


Sue Kempf on Jan 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a town fixture and will be missed. Always friendly & helpful. My sympathy to Virginia and the family.
Sue Kempf

Julie Bontrager on Jan 12, 2021

I have only fond memories of Jim from my teenage years working at the diner. Prayers of blessing to the family.

Robin Hennes on Jan 12, 2021

Kathy, prayers to you and your family.
Robin Hennes, Guest Services, UI Hospitals & Clinics



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