Francis Fekkers - December 29, 2009
Francis Edward Fekkers was born Aug. 6, 1927, to Margaret and George Fekkers in Wauneta, Neb., on the family farm. He passed away Dec. 29, 2009 at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial, Neb.
He was baptized April 14, 1957, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta.
Francis graduated from Wauneta Public High School in 1945. He was a Veteran of the Korean War.
Francis met the love of his life, Anita Boulton, in St. Louis, Mo., while visiting friends. They were married Sept. 23, 1956, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Together they moved to Francis’ hometown of Wauneta where Francis worked as a farmer/rancher and also worked for the Department of Agriculture for 35-plus years.
Francis and Anita adopted two children. The first was a son named Michael Lloyd and the second a daughter named Ruth Diane. Francis loved his family deeply and his wife, Anita, ever so more.
Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Boulton Fekkers; his parents, George and Margaret (Waddington) Fekkers; one sister, Dorothy Rhoad; a brother, Jim Fekkers; sisters-in-law Natalie Stephens, Joey Hart-Stephens and Arlene Boulton and two brothers-in-law, Don Rhoad and Duane Blickenstaff.
Francis is survived by his son, Mike Fekkers of Corvallis, Ore.; his daughter, Ruth Liedle of Lincolon, Neb.; his granddaughter, Amanda Liedle of Lincoln, Neb.; his grandson, Brandon Fekkers and wife Jenni Kela of Elko, Nev.; grandson Jacob Fekkers of Corvallis, Ore.; one sister Barbara Blickenstaff of Arapahoe, Neb.; a sister-in-law Nona and husband Keith Kerchal of Wauneta; one brother-in-law George Boulton and wife Terry of Honolulu, Hawaii; a brother-in-law, Bob Stephens of Lancaster, Calif., and many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.
Francis will be deeply missed but he would want all to celebrate the wonderful life he shared with his wife of 52 years and all the happiness they shared with family and friends. By remembering all the times we laughed and embracing those memories is where our loved ones truly live on.
Funeral services for Francis were held Jan. 4, 2010, at 10 a.m. MT at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wauneta, with Pastor Greg Stuckwisch officiating.
Music was provided by Berneta Steinert. Congregational hymns chosen were “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” “My Faith Looks up to Thee” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Kela, Amanda Liedle, Kevin Kerchal, Lloyd Kerchal, Kim Kerchal and Jacob Fekkers.
Inurnment was held at 2 p.m. at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell.
Memorials may be made to the Orphan Grain Train or the American Cancer Society.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.