Ferm Stelter

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INDEPENDENCE– Fern E. Stelter, 90, of Independence, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 12, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Fern was born on April 25, 1920, in Streeter, N.D. the son of Frederick H. and Emma A. (Zink) Stelter. He graduated from the Streeter High School, Streeter, N.D., and played on the Streeter basketball team, which won the North Dakota state championship. Following graduation he worked with the Civilian Conservations Corps, prior to entering the U.S. Army on Feb. 6, 1942, serving during World War II until his discharge on Dec. 9, 1945. On May 12, 1946, he married Bertha V. Werner in Stockton, Calif. The couple made their home in the Waterloo area, where Fern worked for John Deere Company for a short time, and later Rath Packing prior to his retirement in 1982, at which time the couple moved to Independence.
Fern loved his family and his cats. He enjoyed woodworking, recycling scrap metal and working puzzles.
He is survived by his wife Bertha, Independence; five children: Lydia (George) Danehy, Waterloo, Cheryl (Ron) Andrews, Marion, Gerald (Susan) Stelter and Kevin (Brenda) Stelter, both of Independence, and Marsheila (Scot) Hunemuller, Reinbeck; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and two sisters: Arlene Liebe, Duluth, Minn., and Dorothy Heier, Jamestown, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter Judy Ann Danehy; a sister, Eileen Hieb; and five brothers: Alvin, Victor, Emmanuel, Henry, and Earl Stelter.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence with Rev. Kurt Bockoven officiating. Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. until services Monday at the funeral home. A military memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home
For more information or to leave an online condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, 2011
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