Floyd W. Small (1926 - 2012)

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A committal service for Floyd W. Small, 85, of Fremont, Neb. was held in Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 with Military Honors by the Fremont Honor Guard of VFW Post 854 and American Legion Post 20. This was followed by a service at 2 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Fremont, with the Rev. Jon Ashley officiating.
Floyd was born to William and Faye (Burger) Small on Oct. 20, 1926 in Dedham and died Friday, April 13, 2012 at Nye Legacy Health and Rehab in Fremont. He grew up in southwest Iowa. Floyd served in the US Navy during the WW II years of 1943 to 1946. He was on a minesweeper in the South Pacific, the second ship to enter the Tokyo Bay at the time of the signing of the peace treaty. Following this period of service he returned to Guthrie County, and farmed. Then from 1953 to 1956 he served in the US Marine Corps in Kodiak, Alaska and Oceanside, Calif. He and his wife, the former Shirley Molgaard, whom he married on Aug. 2, 1954, remained in California for two years following his discharge from the Marine Corps.
They returned to Iowa where Floyd was on the police force in Audubon until 1962. He also was with the Volunteer Fire Dept. in Audubon. Then they moved to Fremont in 1962 where Floyd was with the police force until he went with the Dodge County Sheriff's Dept. where he became the chief deputy and investigator. Later, he worked for the Fremont Dept. of Utilities until retiring.
Floyd was a member of The Presbyterian Church in Fremont. He was also a member of VFW Post 854 and American Legion Post 20 in Fremont. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Audubon, the Masonic York Rite Bodies in Audubon, and Tangier Shrine Center of Omaha, and he was a Past Patron of Arbor Vitae Chapter 92 Order of Eastern Star of Fremont.
Floyd was preceded in death by a brother, and infant daughter, a grandson, and 2 sons-in-law.
Survivors include his wife Shirley; his daughters: Lalani Morris of Fremont and Ilana and husband Paul Heybrock of Norfolk, Neb.; his sons: Rick and wife Christine Small of Lincoln, Neb., and Gale and wife Kimberley Small of Surprise, Ariz.; 29 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Darlene Myers of Perry, Gloria and husband Dean Horning, and Shirley and husband Bill Shaw, all of Audubon, one brother, Lloyd and wife Colleen Small of Atlantic, and his sisters-in-law: Marilyn Hansen of Manning, Kathleen Hansen of Ankeny, and Jolene Duvall of Audubon.
Memorials are suggested to The Presbyterian Church. Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Apr. 24 to Apr. 27, 2012
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