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“I only got to work with Val a couple of times before he retired. When I did work with him, he was such a good soul to be around. He loved to joke...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Darin Smith - Slater, IA - Friend

“I had the pleasure to know, and work with Val for many years on the C&NW and the Union Pacific, he will be greatly missed . My condolences to his...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Larry Kruse - Ankeny, IA

“Rest In Peace My Old Friend, we had a lot of good times and good memories. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Mike Nootz - Ames, IA - Friend

“Thank you to all who have left a memory. I would love to be in touch with many of you especially to know more about his time at the academy. I was so...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Jan Gensch - Slater, IA - Family

“Sorry to hear of Val's passing,I worked with him for many years on the C&NW/UP Rest in Peace. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Florian "Flo" Lassek - Las Vegas, NV

“Rest In Peace Val. 1-4-3Hugs to you three boys. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Jamie Rehlander Barker - Ames, IA

“Worked many years with Val, always a very good railroad man. Sorry for your loss! RIP my friend! ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne Westendorf - Ankeny

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to Val when I would run into him. We meet through our sons who played baseball & football...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Ahrens - Ogden, IA - Friend

“I went to the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) in Bainbridge, MD in 1966/1967 and then on to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with Val.At prep...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bob Capra - Annapolis, MD

“Rest In Peace My Only & Beloved Brother Val! You shall always be in my heart! I will smile when I think of you, because I know that would please you...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Lyn Samuelson - Sister

“What a shame! I remember Val very well from our time together at the Naval Academy---in fact, when I heard this sad news, the picture posted here is...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Dussman - Virginia Beach, VA

“Val was a valued mentor especially during our plebe summer in Annapolis, 50 years ago. Sending prayers to help comfort you through this passage. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Phil Keuhlen - Kailua Kona, HI

“Our prayers are with you and your families. We enjoyed the photos. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Robert and Carrie Clymer - CA

“Rest in peace, Val. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Kevin Christians - Boone, IA

“You have my sincere sympathy. You will be missed Val. Thankful that you have no more pain and suffering. RIP Val. Till we meet again. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Denisr Zimmerline - Keokuk, IA

“Thoughts of peace are with you during this difficult time. May you find strength and comfort through prayer.(1 Thessalonians 5:17). "Pray...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: - GA


Val Cushman, 69, of Ogden, Iowa, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2017, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.

Val's wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden. Visitation will be held on Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held at a later date at Altoona Cemetery. For online obituaries and condolences visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com

Val Cushman was born on August 11, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Gene and Evelyn (Mauch) Cushman. He graduated High School from Roosevelt High in Des Moines in 1965. Val attended one year of the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) and two years at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Val enlisted into the United States Navy after graduating high school.

Val then worked as a conductor for several smaller railroads before joining the Chicago Northwestern Railroad which later became Union Pacific Railroad, retiring in 2010.

He was a frequent fixture at the Moose Lodge in Boone.

Survivors include his three sons, Bill (Heather) Cushman of Urbandale, Iowa, Brian Cushman of Urbandale, Iowa and Jason Cushman of Ogden, Iowa; two grandchildren, Megan and Madison; four sisters, Jan (Burk) Gensch, Kim Cushman, Lee (Don) VanderLinden, and Lyn (Sam) Samuleson; and many nieces and nephews.

Val was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Gae Clymer, and a brother, Barry Cushman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Red Cross in Val's name.