Harold SchielAmes, IowaHarold C. Schiel passed away peacefully on October 18, 2016 at home in Ames. He was born on August 4, 1926 to Walter and Barbara (Carl) Schiel in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.In 1939, Harold's father moved the family to Thompson, Illinois so he could complete seminary training at the University of Dubuque. Two years later the family moved to Manchester, Iowa, where Harold graduated from High School. In 1944, Harold enrolled at Iowa State College, interrupting his education in February 1945 to enlist in the
Air Corps. He resumed study in 1946 with the help of the GI Bill and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in August 1949. In September, Harold accepted a job with the Iowa State Highway Commission in Manchester, Iowa in Construction and about that time began to date Elma Kehrli, his sister's good friend. In 1953, Harold moved to Ames to take up a position in Traffic and Safety. He and Elma married in November 1953, beginning nearly 62 years of married life. During a career spanning more than 40 years with the ISHC/IDOT, Harold served as Programming Engineer, Traffic and Highway Planning Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Urban Systems Engineer and, until retiring in 1991, Director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety. He enjoyed being active in Collegiate Presbyterian Church, community service and politics, was an avid reader and loved travel.Harold was preceded in death by his beloved wife Elma, parents and brother Walter E Schiel Jr.. He is survived by his brother Don and sister Bea Buzard, daughters Deb Schiel-Larson (Paul) of Indianola and Marty Schiel (Steve Monagle) of Melbourne, Australia and grandchildren Anna Larson and Kevin Larson.A memorial service for Harold will be held at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames at 3.30pm on November 12, 2016. Please join the family prior to the service at 2pm in the Social Hall for refreshments. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Collegiate Presbyterian Church (Harold Schiel memorial), Ames Emergency Residence Project, or Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.