SHELLSBURG:  Dean Edward Donels, 73 died Monday, February 12, 2018 following a brief illness, at Martin Medical Center in Stuart, Florida.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, February 19, 2018 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton.  Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00PM, Sunday, February 18th, 2018 also at the funeral home.  Private family committal services will be held on Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg.

Dean was born February 14, 1944 to Leon and Frances (Albert) Donels at Urbana.  He graduated from Shellsburg High School.  Dean worked as a repair and maintenances technician for South Slope Telephone Co. for many years. Dean loved his family, flowers and gardening. 

Dean is survived by the mother of his three children, Carol Kindl, whom he enjoyed twenty three years of marriage with and together passionately shared in the lives of their three children. He is survived by his children:  Todd (Jennifer) Donels of Grinnell, Wade (Shonda) Donels of Collierville, Tennessee; Shane (Amy) Donels of Marion; ten grandchildren, Jace, Addison, Faith, Blake, Bryce, Zoey, Tatem and Cael Donels, Gavin and Liberty Gilbert; his close friend, Norm Hatcher of Clarence; his sister, Joann (Bob) Jewett of South Carolina; his three brothers, Richard Donels of Cedar Rapids and Stanley (Donna) Donels of Cedar Rapids and Dwayne Donels of Colorado.

            Dean was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dennis Donels and his sisters-in-law, Yvonne and Becky Donels.

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