Floyd E. Ondler
Floyd E. Ondler, 94, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny after a lifetime of playing cards and telling stories. Funeral service: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Floyd was born July 25, 1923, to Estle Dewey and Millie Marie (Valenta) Ondler in Troy Mills, Iowa. His parents moved to a farm in Walker, where Floyd grew up. He graduated from Walker High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. During his three years overseas, he survived the sinking of a ship, four invasions Tinian, Saipan, Timken and Okinawa and spent four months in Nagasaki after the bombing. Floyd was honored to join the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2011.
He returned to Cedar Rapids and married Mary Ella Chambers on Aug. 17, 1946. They had two sons, Rex and Jay.
Floyd worked at Cherry-Burrell for six years before finding his true calling, selling cars for over 30 years. He was an award-winning car salesman, as noted in Time Magazine's 1973 edition and again in 1977. Floyd also collected antique cars and was a member of the Early Ford V-8 Club, Mustang and T-Bird clubs. He and Mary spent many enjoyable years showing their antique cars at car shows around Eastern Iowa. Floyd was an active member of many organizations, including the American Legion, VFW, Eagles and the Moose Lodge, and a charter member of the Marion Optimist Club. He was a member of First Lutheran Church for nearly 70 years.
Survivors include his son, Rex (Sue) Ondler of Ankeny, Iowa; two grandchildren, Jeff (Laura) Ondler of Cedar Rapids and Amy Ondler of Spencer, Iowa; stepgranddaughter, Kate (Tony) Kanne; great-grandchildren, Olivia and William Kanne of Johnston; and niece and nephews, Lyle (Vicki) Smith of Jewell, Iowa, Linda (Doug) Wilson of Cedar Rapids, Brad (Cindy) Chambers of Strawberry Point, Brent (Cheryl) Chambers of Bellevue, Iowa, and Curt Becker of Newhall.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; son, Jay; parents; two sisters, Myrtle Smith and Lucille Ondler; three brothers-in-law, Merwyn Smith, Dean Becker and Harold "Red" Chambers; two sisters-in-law, Beulah Becker and Joyce Chambers; and special friend, Phyllis Kuda.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Floyd.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.