In Memory of Wanda O. Carrier

Wanda  O. Carrier
Wanda O. Carrier
Born: January 3, 1923
Died: January 20, 2017
Age: 94
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Wanda O. Carrier
January 3, 1923 - January 20, 2017
From: Odebolt, IA

Wanda O. Carrier, age 94, of Huxley, Iowa, formerly of Odebolt, Iowa passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Northcrest Community, of Ames, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Pastor Bill Crawford will officiate, with committal services following in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Wanda Oralee Carrier was born on January 3, 1923, on a farm north of Woodbine, Iowa, to Lawrence and Emma Lewis Schneider. She began her education at Mud Creek country school near Woodbine, and finished 8th grade after her family moved to a farm east of Dunlap.

In 1939, shortly after her family moved to a farm east of Woodbine, Wanda met Gerald (Jerry) Carrier, whom she married on January 4, 1940.  The newly-weds lived on a farm east of Spirit Lake until 1942.  Jerry was subsequently employed in a packing plant in Omaha, Nebraska.  When Jerry was drafted into the army in 1943, Wanda accompanied him to army bases at Camp Hood in Texas, Camp Carson in Colorado, and Fort Jackson in North Carolina.  Upon Jerry’s deployment to the World War II Italian campaign, Wanda lived with her parents in Woodbine, where her first son, Dennis Edwin Carrier, was born on December 31, 1944.  Following Jerry’s discharge from military service in 1945, the couple established and operated Carrier Auto Service in Odebolt, Iowa.  Her second son, Ronald Louis Carrier, was born on October 16, 1946.  Wanda assisted Jerry in the operation of Carrier Auto Service until 1983.  During this time Wanda completed her education by obtaining her GED certificate. 

She was also employed as a school bus driver for the Odebolt-Arthur School District for 33 years.  Wanda was recognized by the Des Moines Register for the distinction of being Iowa’s first female school bus driver, a job from which she retired in 1984. The Carriers lived on an acreage at 350 Pine Street and operated a lawn mower and small engine repair business until 2002.  After Jerry’s death in 2004, Wanda moved to 209 West 5th Street in Odebolt.  Wanda had also suffered the death of both her sons.  Ron died on March 14, 1992, and Dennis died on July 30, 2008. 

Wanda enjoyed playing cards and associating with her many friends.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt and served as both an elder and deacon of that congregation.  She also belonged to the Ladies Aid, the VFW Auxiliary, and American Legion Auxiliary. In November of 2013 Wanda moved to the Ballard Creek Assisted Living facility in Huxley, Iowa.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her two sons, Ronald and Dennis; her parents, Lawrence and Emma Schneider; her brothers, Orville and Carl Schneider; her sisters Vivian Reis of Denison, Bernese Barnum of Logan, Bessie Reis of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Angie Purcell of Woodbine, and Opal Schneider, who died in infancy. 

She is survived by her four grandchildren, Brad, Jennifer, Cristen, and Cameron; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials for Wanda may dedicated to Ballard Creek Assisted Living, 908 N. Highway 69, Huxley, Iowa  50124.


11:00 am, Monday,
January 30, 2017

First Presbyterian Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Pastor Bill Crawford


Brad Fossen
Mike Rogers
Charlie Purcell
Jon Purcell
Brett Purcell
Brian Purcell
Darwin Bengford


9:30 am to 11:00 am
Monday, January 30, 2017

First Presbyterian Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Carol Raasch, Organist

Congregational Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
"The Old Rugged Cross"


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3:49 PM
“I remember Wanda as the best bus driver ever...even though I was a town kid and never rode the bus...she was the one you wanted to have. I enjoyed Wanda when I was little going to the shop with my dad Fred, or later in life when I took care of her and then visited her often in Odebolt. She will be truly missed. She always made me feel special and needed. She always took time for me! Even my daughter remembers Wanda!”
- Kasandra Campbell Johnk
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:40 AM
“Aunt Wanda will be greatly missed. May her kindness and love live on in all of our hearts!!!”
- Karrie Kirk
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:39 AM
“Wanda and Gerry, Denny and Ron were a big part of my life growing up. My condolences to the family.”
- Linda Trudeau
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:39 AM
“She was a 1 of a kind lady who will b missed by all who knew her ”
- Charlie Tuna
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:36 PM
“Aunt Wanda will be missed by all who knew her. We loved her homemade biscuits. She'd make them every time we came to visit. All our vacations after we moved to Indiana were back to Iowa to visit our Aunts and Uncles, too bad we couldn't have stayed there. She'll be dearly missed.”
- Joyce Rosenberg
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:36 PM
“Heaven is rejoicing over a special lady. She was one of a kind.”
- Rev. Mark Volkers
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM
“She was the best bus driver I ever had! Sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! ”
- Kelly Rohlk
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM
“Aunt Wanda was so special to us, as was Uncle Jerry. My regret is that I did not know them while growing up. Love and peace to Aunt Wanda and her family.
Her lost and found niece, Gladys and husband Kenneth .”
- Gladys Lane
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM
“Lots of wonderful memories of staying with Aunt Wanda and family loved those boys like brothers.
Thank you to Lynn and Deb for doing what the Lord didn't let Ronnie and Denny do. Your kindness and compassion will always be remembered by me, and to the extended Purcell family
May the good Lord Bless each and everyone of you”
- Kristin Hein Ford
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM
“We were so shocked to see she had passed away. She was part of my family (Keller's) when growing up. Spent a lot of time with Wanda, Gerry, and the boys. When we would come home to visit I always made sure we stopped. Then one summer she had moved and I never knew where. RIP Wanda you will be missed.”
- Cheri & Gary Stowe
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM
“Wanda was a smart, fun, gracious lady. We always enjoyed our visits with her. She will be missed, but is joyful with Jerry, Dennis and Ron and her loving Savior. Rick and Barb”
- Rick & Barb Votrobeck
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:46 AM
“Memory Eternal. During the days when Aunt Wanda and Uncle Jerry were getting their own family started and hard at work at their Carrier Auto Service they took the time and effort to help my Dad, Aunt Wanda’s brother Orville. They helped Dad get settled in a house and a farm to work near Odebolt. Our family was down and out because Dad had lost his Vail farm due to several years’ of crop failures. Aunt Wanda had a deep compassion to help family which shown through then and always.

Her loving nephew Roger Schneider
- Roger Schneider
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:46 AM
“My condolences and hugs to the whole family. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know all of you. Aunt Wanda was a very special person who, although suffering so many losses and challenges, was never bitter. She was always a good listener and truly interested in hearing about you and your family. We will miss her! ”
- Alice Hidalgo
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 8:51 AM
“Warm thoughts and prayers to Wanda's family. Such fond memories of the times when my parents Jack and Edna and Wanda and Jerry visited back and forth when we all lived on the highway in Odebolt. She was a special lady.”
- Joyce (Huff) Bettin
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