Fred Werner, 85, of Urbandale passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the V.A. Medical Center in Des Moines.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery Street, Creston, IA 50801. Pastor Jodi Rushing will officiate. Burial was at the Oakland Cemetery in Shannon City at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Military Honors was provided by the Theodore J. Martens V.F.W. Post #1797. Open viewing with family receiving friends was Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Earlham American Legion Post #158. Memories can be shared at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Fredrick Leo Werner the son of Harry Ben and Edna Anna Amanda (Mohr) Werner was born February 26, 1934 in Shannon City. He graduated from Shannon City High School with the class of 1953. On December 10, 1953 Fred joined the United States Air Force and served his county during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on October 12, 1957.
Fred married Katherine Fay Bennett on August 17, 1958 at the Arispe Methodist Church. Two children: Colleen and Barry blessed this union. Fred was a farmer, raising cattle, hogs, hay, soybeans and corn. He owned 320 acres, but at the height of his operating days farmed up to 2,000 acres. When his children were young Fred was an active 4-H leader. He also served as a township trustee. In 2012 he and Katherine moved to an acreage outside of Osceola. Fred moved to an assisted living facility in Urbandale in 2017 due to his declining health.
Fred was a member of the Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Pork Producers. He was a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. He enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, and liked to keep up on Iowa Hawkeye sports.
Left to cherish Fred’s memory is his daughter, Colleen Peterson of Earlham; son, Barry Werner of Prescott; grandchildren: Annette Werner of Afton, Jerry Werner of Earlham and Katherine Peterson (fiance, Tyler Shield) of Earlham; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon Brown and husband, Rufus, of Neosho, MO; brother, Paul Werner and wife, Dixie, of Queen Creek, AZ; along with many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Fred in death were his parents, Harry and Edna; wife, Katherine in 2013; sister, Carol Abbott; great-grandson, Easton Werner and son-in-law, Bruce Peterson.