Walter Fleer, Jr.
Walter Fleer, Jr., 89, of Hoskins, Neb., passed away November 27, 2012 at Faith Regional Health Services.
He was born February 14, 1923, at Winside to Walter and Anna (Langenberg) Fleer Sr. He attended District 77 Wayne country school and graduated from Hoskins High School in 1940.
When Walter Jr. was just 14 days old, he and his parents moved to a farm northwest of Hoskins, Neb. He continued to live there until his death. He was baptized by Rev. W.W. Schroer on April 9, 1923, and was confirmed by Rev. Charles Riedesel May 1936. He and his father farmed and fed cattle.
On June 2, 1946, he married Arlene Marie Soden of Winside, Neb. His parents moved to Norfolk, Neb., and the young couple moved to the family farm, continuing to farm and feed cattle.
Walt enjoyed his horses and cattle, but he loved his family best. He had a driving team which he used on a restored buggy and a Belgian team that pulled a corn picking wagon. Walt was an honorary member of Norfolk Mutual Insurance Company of Norfolk. Walt and Arlene are members of Coummunity Bible Church.
He is survived by wife Arlene Fleer of Hoskins, Neb.; daughters Cheryl (John) Witzel of Pleasant Dale, Neb., Nancy (Peter) Varhola of Spring Valley, Calif., Carol (Bernard) Wrede of Pierce, Neb.; sons Mark (Lois) Fleer of Hoskins, Neb., Robin (Jane) Fleer of Hoskins, Neb., David (Lavonne) Fleer of Pierce, Neb.; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Marjorie Heusinger of Norfolk, Neb.; brother-in-law Dr. George Heusinger of Norfolk, Neb.; sister-in-law Mary Ann Soden of Norfolk, Neb.
He was preceded in death by parents Walt and Anna Fleer Sr. and a granddaughter, Jill Wrede.
Memorial services were held December 1, 2012 at Community Bible Church in Norfolk, Neb.
Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. ❖
Charles Watts, 77, of Ansley, Neb., passed away January 26, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.
He was born March 8, 1935, in Broken Bow, Neb., to Clifford and Lula (Trew) Watts. On November 14, 1953, he married Carolyn Hunkins in Ansley, Neb.
Charles grew up in the Cumro, Neb., area and moved to Ansley, Neb., at the age of 12. He graduated from Ansley High School in 1953.
Charles farmed and ranched for over 60 years near Ansley, Neb., first with his father-in-law and later enjoyed farming with his son. He loved horses, especially his mare, Silk, and liked breaking her colts.
He served on the Ansley Township, Custer County Feeders and Breeders Association and the Ansley Alumni.
Since retiring Charles and Carolyn have renewed friendships with Custer Couples, enjoyed going to auctions, playing games and cards with family and friends, shooting pool at Prairie Pioneer Center, putting puzzles together, reading Westerns and sleeping in his chair with their dog, Zoey. Charles loved the Lord and served Him as a lay preacher, youth group leader, Sunday school teacher and a deacon.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn; daughter Evelyn of Kearney, Neb.; son Charles and wife Monica of Ansley, Neb.; son-in-laws, Roger Meyer of Omaha, Neb., and Allan Marquart of Mason City, Neb.; grandchildren, Jon Watts and wife, Erin of Kearney, Neb., Chris Watts and wife, Jessie of Kearney, Neb., Emily Marquart of Topeka, Kan., Kevin Watts and wife, Emily, of Savannah, Mo., Jake Marquart of Pittsburg, Kan., Angie Marquart of Topeka, Kan., Kelsey Watts of Omaha, Neb., Riley Meyer of Omaha, Neb., Kate Watts of Lincoln, Neb., Reese Meyer of Omaha, Neb., Ryan Meyer of Omaha, Neb.; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Hunter, Ava, Audrey, Brody, Michaela, Victoria, Mason, Ayden and Charlotte; step-grandson Dana Marquart and family of Alvo, Neb.; sisters Elizabeth Rose of Kearney, Neb., Ardyce Clay and husband Charley of Nash, Texas; and brother Kenny Watts and wife Trudy of Kimball, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law, Harold and Evelyn Hunkins, daughters Debra Marquart and Pamala Meyer and brothers, Alfred and Fred.
Memorial services were held January 30, 2013 at the 1st Baptist Church in Ansley, Neb.
Burial was in the Ansley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the 1st Baptist Church in Ansley, Neb., or the Prairie Pioneer Center in Broken Bow, Neb. ❖
Evelyn Margaret (Smith) Fowler
Evelyn Margaret (Smith) Fowler, 95, passed away January 15, 2013 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City, Neb.
She was born September 6, 1917 near Nesbit, Neb., which was about nine miles west Stapleton, Neb.
Margaret attended her elementary years at Rural School District No. 16, Cottonwood Grove in McPherson County and graduated from Baker Rural High School at Stapleton, Neb. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at 12 years of age, and attended Sunday School and Church at the school.
She received her teaching certificate and taught rural grade school in McPherson County for several years.
She married young cowboy-cattle-rancher Mervin Fowler at her home on December 24, 1937. They lived and ranched near Stapleton, Neb., and Brewster, Neb., until Mervin’s death in 1977. She then lived at Seneca, Neb., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ord, Neb.
Margaret was always active in her church, teaching Bible, Music. She became an accomplished artist. She memorized hundreds of Bible verses.
She is survived by son, Richard (Joyce) Fowler, Ord, Neb., daughter Caroline (Dennis) Ritchey, Ponca, Neb., son, Larry (Diane) Fowler, Riverside, Calif.; two grandsons, four granddaughters, and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a stepmother, Hattie Holmberg, little brother Charles Oscar Smith, sister Vera June Smith Miller, and one great grandson.
Memorial services were held January 25, 2013 at Ord Evangelical Free Church.
Burial was in Loup Valley Cemetery, nine miles west of Stapleton, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made and have been established to Family Life or AWANA International. ❖