MOUND CITY, Mo. -Harold F. "Curly" Eller, 93, Mound City, passed away Aug. 9, 2019 at a Mound City care center.

He was born in Lennox, Iowa on Jan. 28, 1926 to James and Eunice (Kee) Eller.

Curly attended school in Lennox. He then joined the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Following the service Curly worked as a truck driver for Hillyard, Crouch Brothers, Red Ball, and ABF.

He married Virginia Nauman in 1947. The Eller family moved to Mound City in 1968 and opened the Squaw Creek Inn and Mound City Supper Club. He later worked as the school's custodian and at the Holt County Sheriff's Office. He went on to serve two terms as City Councilman for Mound City, and also opened Eller's Cafe in Mound City. Curly was later elected as a Holt County Commissioner, and held that position for 12 years.

Preceding him in death were: his parents; wife, Virginia; daughter, Katheryn Lehmer and her husband Jacob "Chip" Lehmer; sisters, Lula M. Spoonemore and Helen V. Smith; and brother, James Melvin Eller.

Survivors include: his daughters, Carmen (Dan) Showalter, Mound City, Missouri, and Becky Baker, Smithville, Missouri; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services and inurnment with military rites: 10 a.m. Monday Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorials: Mound City United Methodist Church. Care entrusted to Chamberlain Funeral Home, Mound City.

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