In Memory of Clifford H. Wunschel

Clifford H. Wunschel
Clifford H. Wunschel
Born: May 5, 1924
Died: November 5, 2018
Age: 94
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Clifford H. Wunschel
May 5, 1924 - November 5, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Clifford H. Wunschel, age 94, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 9, 2018, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido and Rev. Neil Wehmas will officiate. Committal Services will be held in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 9, 2018, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Clifford Herbert Wunschel, the son of Arthur and Louise (Erichsen) Wunschel, was born in Hayes Township, Ida County, IA, on May 5, 1924. Later the family moved to a farm in Blaine Township, where Clifford attended country school at Blaine #9.  The family moved to the farm north of Arthur, IA, where they resided until moving to Ida Grove in 1996. As a young man, Clifford worked as a farm hand for various farmers in the area.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was a faithful and lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. On April 13, 1947, he married Darlene Gonnerman in the Peace Lutheran Church of Wall Lake, IA. The couple welcomed a daughter, Sharon Ann, who passed away in 1970.

Together Clifford and Darlene farmed, taking care of the land and raising livestock. He always enjoyed talking about his favorite green and yellow farm equipment. After moving to town, Clifford continued doing all he could on the farm helping whenever he could. Clifford had compassion for all animals and could not harm anything.

As a couple they enjoyed taking a ride in the evening and meeting friends to have a cup of coffee. They made coffee for the adult Bible study group every Sunday for over 50 years. In their early years, they completed the Bethel Bible Study series and shared what they learned with church families.

For the past several years Clifford could be found having a cup of coffee at Food Pride with the “guys” at 7 a.m. before they started their day. He was happiest during the day peeling apples and getting his freezer full of fruits and vegetables which he used in his daily cooking.

Survivors include a brother Everett (Judy) Wunschel of Arthur, IA; sisters-in-law Florence Wunschel of Ida Grove, IA and Shirley Gonnerman of Odebolt, IA; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Clifford was preceded in death by his wife Darlene in 2009; daughter Sharon; parents Arthur and Louise Wunschel; two sisters Leona (Henry) Cook and Virginia (Guy) Carlson; two brothers Marvin Wunschel and Leonard (Lois) Wunschel; parents-in-law Chris and Helena Gonnerman; brothers-in-law Raymond (Berdena) Gonnerman, Wallace Gonnerman and Roy Gonnerman.



10:30 a.m., Friday
November 9, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Saldico
Rev. Neil Wehmas


Ron Carlson
David Neuharth
Dylan Wunschel
Lyle Wunschel
Scott Wunschel
Kyle Wunschel


9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Friday
November 9, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM
“I have many long-time wonderful memories of this great gentleman! He embodied the term "good people." My sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family, who I know were very special to him.”
- Ann Hemer Onnen
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 11:01 AM
“Cliff and Darlene were our neighbors on the farm at Arthur, I went to school for a time with Sharon. When they moved to Ida Grove Philip would have coffee with Clifford. I guess we go back a ways. My sympathy to you.”
- Gloria Sykes
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Thinking of all of you - our condolences. I know Cliff was so special to all of you and you will miss him. All of you took such great care of him in his last days. ”
- Jim & Della Rupert
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