Alan "AJ" Newell

November 7, 1962 ~ July 10, 2021 (age 58)


Alan James Newell was born November 7, 1962, to Carroll and Anna Belle (Monroe) Newell, in Albia, Iowa.   

Alan grew up in the Eddyville area and attended school there through the sixth grade.  He was a 1981 graduate of Oskaloosa High School. He was very involved with the marching band and drum line. During that time, he also worked at A & W, where he made many life-long friends. Alan went on to Indian Hills to study computer maintenance and auction school. Alan was the owner/operator of Newell Auction Service. It was while he was working for United Tote at Prairie Meadows that he met Brenda Van Zee.  They were united in marriage on June 15, 1991, in Newton.  Most recently, Alan worked for John Deere for nearly 20 years.

Alan was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sully, where he was active in Youth Impact Sponsors, and Couples Bible Study group.  He enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia and was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.  Alan loved spending time with family, friends and his dogs!  He was the youngest on both sides of the family and cherished family get-togethers. He was proud of his kids and their numerous activities. He will be remembered for his positive attitude and humor.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Brenda of thirty years, their children: Austin (Lysandra) Newell of Galesburg, and Elana Newell of Sully. He is also survived by his sisters Arlene (Jay Hutchings) Newell of Floris, Iowa, and Amy (the late David) Verseman of Wentzville, Missouri; parents-in-law Carl and Gloria Van Zee of Colfax; sister-in-law Carla (Dan) Burgin of Des Moines; and many extended family and friends.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents Carroll and Anna Newell.

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July 15, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Funeral Service
July 16, 2021

10:00 AM
First Reformed Church
807 3rd Street
Sully, IA 50251


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