Celebrating the life of Howard "Fred" Koerner
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A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Anthon, Iowa. Rev. Marty Davis will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home of Anthon, Iowa. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home Anthon, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Howard “Fred” Koerner, the son of Howard F. and Minnie Mae (Paulson) Koerner, was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 31, 1938. He grew up on a farm south east of Anthon, Iowa, where he attended and graduated from Oto High School.
During his high school career, Fred’s love for sports grew. He participated in baseball, basketball, and track. In his senior year, Fred put his farming career into motion renting a farm near Anthon.
On June 2, 1957, Fred married the love of his life Fern I. Christophersen, in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Anthon. The couple first settled on a farm west of Oto for three years before purchasing Fred’s grandparents farm outside of Anthon. Fred and Fern made this farm their forever home (Century Farm) and were blessed with eight children: Robert, Sally, Susan, Nancy, Lisa, Julie, Jill, and Stacy.
Fred enjoyed all aspects of farming, raising dairy cows, stock cows, hogs, and turned the earth to produce a crop. He helped move grain, trucking for Joe King and Mert Van Houten and later on drove school bus for MVAO for 13 years.
You could find Fred tinkering around in the shed with his John Deere mowers, talking farm, or on Sunday morning attending church. With his kind heart and witty sense of humor, this devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend will be missed.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years Fern Koerner of Danbury, IA; children Robert (Michele) Koerner of Anthon, IA, Sally (Sherman) Osborne of Anthon, IA, Susan Koerner of St. James, MN, Nancy (Art) Cook of Laconia, NH, Lisa (Timothy) Robbins of Elkridge, MD, Julie (Patrick) Leckrone of Decatur, IL, Jill (Chris) Hill of Ames, IA, and Stacy (Scott) Loraditch of Jackson, TN; 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents Howard F. and Minnie Koerner; in-laws; paternal and maternal grandparents.
402 East Brady Street
Anthon, IA 51004
Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
106 E. Arnold Street
Anthon, IA 51004