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George Rosel

Feb 27, 2021

Oct. 25, 1937 – Feb. 14, 2021

George Rosel passed

away peacefully at the

Heart of America Hospital

in Rugby, North Dakota

on Sunday, February 14,

2021. He was born Oc-

tober 25, 1937 in Love-

land, Colorado and then

moved to Decorah, Iowa

when he was 4 years old.

He graduated from

Decorah High School in

1956. He entered the

United States Marine

Corps in September of

1956 and was honorably

discharged in 1958. He

married Karen Ann Oak-

land of Pasadena, Califor-

nia in 1958. After his

discharge from the Marine

Corps, he entered the Un-

ited States Postal Service

where he served until his

retirement in 1992. After

his retirement from the

Postal Service, he and his

wife Karen lived in Cali-

fornia, Nevada, and

Iowa. After Karen’s

passing in 2008, he con-

tinued to live in Iowa, but

then moved to Colorado

in 2011 and he ultimately

moved to Willow City,

North Dakota in 2015.

Among his many activi-

ties, George was an Eagle

Scout and a Boy Scout

Leader. He was very ac-

tive in First Lutheran

Church of Decorah,

Iowa. He loved working

at the Church Food Pan-

try. He was an avid trav-

eler, visiting many dif-

ferent countries. During

his time in Willow City,

North Dakota, he enjoyed

volunteering at the local

cafe and he was a regular

at the local tavern where

he enjoyed an afternoon

beverage and visiting with


He is survived by his

children, Tammy Slattery

and her husband, Patrick

of Loveland, Colorado,

James Rosel and his wife,

Holly (Edwards) of Wil-

low City and Cynthia

Rosel of Decorah, Iowa; a

brother Gene Rosel and

his wife, Marsha (Knight)

of Decorah, Iowa

He was preceded in

death by his wife Karen in

2008, his mother in 1982

and his father in 2002.

George requested no

service and has been

cremated. His cremated

remains will join his wife

Karen’s remains in Mable,

Minnesota at a later time.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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