Fern L Hammond

fern hammond
Fern L. Hammond, age 92 of Elma, IA passed away on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Funeral Services for Fern will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA with Reverend Candraeah Carey officiating. Military honors provided by Elma American Legion Post # 597. Burial will be at Howard Cemetery in Elma. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. Online condolences for Fern’s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warriors, Alzheimers Association and Salvation Army. Fern Leon Hammond was born on July 7, 1925 at Alta Vista, IA, the son of Frank and Elsie (Scheetz) Hammond. He received his education at the Alta Vista Public Schools, graduating in 1942 and went on to further his education at Luther College for one year. On August 12, 1945, Fern was drafted into the US Army and served during WWII until his honorable discharge on January 17, 1947. Following his discharge, he returned to Alta Vista. Fern was united in marriage to Bernice Stiefel on January 15, 1951 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Following their marriage, the couple resided in Elma and has remained ever since. Throughout the years, Fern owned a Feed and Milling business, farmed and served as a rural mail carrier, retiring in 1993. In his younger years, Fern enjoyed playing baseball on the Elma Town Team. He was a member of Elma United Methodist Church, where he has been active in the choir for many years. Fern was also a member of the Elma American Legion, John Frahm Post # 597. Fern is survived by his son, Randy Lee Hammond; daughter, Denise Ann (David) Bergo, both of Minneapolis, MN; two grandchildren, Gretchen Brianne (Brent) Wegner and Stephanie Bergo; and three great-grandchildren, Gemma, Reesa and Marta. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice and two brothers, Fae and Frank Hammond.

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  1. Randy & Denise—Sorry for your loss .Your dad was a great friend &neighbor for 44yrs. We shared some great conversations over the years. RIP Fern.

  2. Randy and Denise – so very many fond memories of the Hammond house. Playing many hours there while visiting my Grandpa & Grandma Fogarty. Both of your parents were such great people So very sorry for your loss. Jean Brophy Huegel

  3. Randy and Denise… so sorry for your loss. Your dad held a special place in our hearts . We always enjoyed visiting with him ! We will miss our neighbor dearly!

  4. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Have many memories of your Dad and Mom with the bridge club they all enjoyed and the Elma sportsman club with my folks. So sorry very sorry for your loss.

  5. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family of Fern at this time. He always had a smile on his face and made your day brighter, He will be missed but he and Bernice can now enjoy the golf courses in heaven and are together again.

  6. My sympathy to Denise and Randy. Both your parents were so much fun. Mom will miss him. They had fun playing cards and bowling. Louise Heying Cutsforth

  7. Denise and Randy — Even though this is a difficult time, I know you will have such wonderful memories to cherish! Your dad was an amazing guy – so humble, kind, and genuine, and everyone that knew him, loved him:) Your parents are both looking down on you now with love! All my thoughts and prayers are with you – Deb Sturm

  8. Randy & Denise—we are so sorry to hear about your dad—great memories of your folks getting together with my folks and of course your dad always came to grind feed on the farm—Rosalie (Kolbet) Christensen

  9. Denise and Randy,
    So sorry to hear your dad passed. He was such a personable man and always nice to us neighborhood kids:) Very nice person.
    Teresa Murphy Popko

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