Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home obituary – Kay Wellman-Peel, 77, West Point

Kay Wellman-Peel, 77 years, of West Point, Iowa died Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Kay Wellman-Peel, 77 years, of West Point, Iowa died Saturday, February 20, 2021 at her home.  She was born February 8, 1944, the daughter of Kenneth and Irene (Tollman) Whittemore.  She first married Norbert Wellman, they had three children: Tim, Lori, and Eric.  They later divorced.  She married Robert “Bob” Peel on October 31, 1993.  He preceded her in death on August 28, 2007.  For the past 5 years, Kay shared her life with a special friend, Bill Newton.  He survives.

Kay grew up in Dallas City, Illinois.  She moved to West Point when she was first married and lived here the rest of her life.  She worked in the Physical Therapy Department of the Fort Madison Community Hospital for many years.  She was owner and operator of Peel’s Pub (now Phil’s Pub) in West Point.  She did day care in her retirement years.  She was a beautiful and caring person who enjoyed cooking, reading, and telling stories to anyone who would listen.  She was known to open her home to anyone and everyone in need of a home-cooked meal, a laugh, and a place of rest.  She loved her fire pit and used it to gather with family and friends.  She also enjoyed dancing, golfing, and ceramics.  Because of her big heart she fostered many children throughout the years.  Her family is grateful she is at peace in Heaven.  She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by three children: Tim Wellman of West Des Moines, Iowa; Lori (Shannon) Burke of Walker, Iowa; and Eric (Kelley) Wellman of Lenexa, Kansas; three step-children: Robert J Peel Jr., Christine Richmond, and Gena Garcia; five siblings: Donna Tenpenny, Bill Whittemore, Carol Huss, Sally Brickey, and Greg Whittemore; nine grandchildren: Mariah, Allisyn, Taylor, Connor, Sydney, Alex, Luke, Sarah, and Ryan; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her special foster daughter, My Huynh, of Arkansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, and three siblings: Larry Whittemore, Reva Gorman, and Beverly Hohl. 

Per her wishes, her body has been cremated.  Her family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday, February 25, 2021 at the Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home, West Point, Iowa.  A private family burial will be held at a later date at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.   A memorials has been established and contributions may be left at or mailed to the Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home, 412 Ave C, P.O. Box 247, West Point, Iowa 52656.  Sign an online guest book and send a message to her family at  Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wellman-Peel family.  

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