March 20, 2013


Alex Ohl, 35, died peacefully of heart failure on Monday, March 18, 2013, at his New Hope group home in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning with the Rev. Robert Gralapp of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning presiding.

Music will be "Amazing Grace," "Indian Flute Medley" and Fifties Music.

Honorary casket bearers will be Brian Peters, Doug Bass, J.J. Bandstatter, Rick Dammann, Barry Kusel and Brad Kusel.

Burial will be at a later date at Manning Cemetery in Manning.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Village Foundation, P.O. Box 887, Carroll, Iowa 51401.

Alex, son of Ed and JoAnn (Peters) Ohl, was born Nov. 17, 1977, at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, N.Y. He started school at Alpine Elementary School in Sparta, N.J. After attending several other schools he graduated from West Morris Central High School, Morris Plains, N.J., in 1999. While in high school he earned a varsity letter in soccer as team manager. He was also a member of Sussex County Road Runners, a Special Olympics team.

After graduation, he moved with his parents to his mother's hometown, Manning, Iowa. Alex lived with his parents for five years before moving to a New Hope Village group home in Manning. Alex enjoyed walking Main Street in Manning visiting business owners. He was famous for his hugs. In October 2011 Alex moved to Carroll where he lived independently with three roommates, supervised by Family Resource Center of Carroll.

Alex loved bowling and adored his two nephews. He was a loyal Iowa Hawkeye, Manning Bulldog, IKM Manning Wolves and New York Jets fan and lately a Carroll Tiger fan. He usually had his television tuned to a sports channel or SyFy network while playing "Angry Birds" on his iPad.

Alex is survived by his parents, Ed and JoAnn Ohl of Carroll and Manning; sister Erika (J.J.) Brandstatter of Bromfield, Colo., and their children, loving nephews, Jack and Chase; aunt Janice (Larry) Boehme of Wakefield, Kan.; uncle Brian (Janet) Peters of Grimes; and cousins, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death are his grandparents and uncle Terry Ohl.