October 25, 2013


Earl Louis "Sonny" Putt, 88, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia with the Rev. Ben Dose officiating.

Music will be "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" by congregation. Honorary casket bearers will be Al Dentlinger, Jerry Schwarte, Ed Wanniger, Bruce Mason, Tim Kraus, Brian Kraus, Jake Putt, Glen Arnold and Larry Brott.

Burial will be at a later date at Westside Cemetery in Westside, Iowa.

Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Ohde Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Louis "Sonny", son of Earl L. and Mary (Ressler) Putt, was born July 25, 1925, in Berks County, near Robesonia, Pa. He attended school near his home and at the early age of 13 years left home to worked as a hired man on various farms in the area and then for Armour & Co in Redding and Philadelphia.

On May 2, 1946, Earl married Mary M. Marcy at Philadelphia. That same year they moved to Webster City, Iowa, where he opened East Side Salvage. They adopted two children after they got settled. In 1962 the family moved to Westside where he opened Westside Auto Salvage which he ran for many years, retiring in 1990. In his spare time Earl enjoyed traveling in his motor home with his wife and family, golfing, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. In his early years, to make extra money, he was the boxing sparring partner of 'Jersey Joe Walcott.' He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia and the Westside Fire Department. He also belonged to the Moose Lodge and Westside Community Club, and served on the Westside Centennial Committee and Board of Directors of Auto Salvage (Recycling) Organization.

Earl's wife Mary died in December of 2005. He remained in their home until he could no longer live alone. He then moved to St. Anthony Nursing Home where he died on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the age of 88 years, 2 months and 26 days.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, son Carl Putt; brother Bob Putt and daughter in law Pamela Putt.

Earl is survived by his son Richard Putt of Early; three grandchildren Theresa, Cassey and Jacob; five great grandchildren and sister in law Carolyn Putt of Tucson, Arizona, other relatives and friends. ohdefuneralhome.com