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Leon Fetzer - May 03, 2013


Leon Emil Fetzer died and went to the loving arms of Jesus on May 3, 2013. Leon was born south of Haxtun at the family home on June 24, 1921, to Theodor and Rose Fetzer. When he was 4 years old, his parents built a home on the family homestead, in the Rockland community, in which he lived a good majority of his life.

As a young child, Leon had many responsibilities on the farm—feeding and milking cows, gathering eggs from the chickens, tending to the garden and checking on crops. Leon attended North Rockland School. He told many stories about riding his horse, Dan, to and from school.

Leon and his brother, Roland, worked for area farmers picking corn by hand. In 1944, Leon started farming for himself and in 1947 bought his first tractor, which was quite a change from farming with horses.

Leon met the love of his life, Dorothy Chamblin, and they married on June 16, 1946, in Dorothy’s family home in the Highland Center community. To this union, five children were born. They raised all five children on the family farm.

Leon retired from farming in 1988 and moved to Haxtun in 1993, where he resided at the time of his death. He was a board member of the Haxtun Co-op Oil Company and a member of the Rockland United Methodist Church and later the Fleming United Methodist Church.

Leon always looked forward to opening day of pheasant hunting, spending the day with his sons and special hunting buddies. He enjoyed riding and working with horses, collecting antiques and anything that involved talking about history. Leon enjoyed having coffee with his coffee buddies. He especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren out to the creek and looking for arrowheads.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Edna; brother, Roland; and sisters, Emma Sonnaman and Leona Mathies.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dorothy; children, Pauline and husband Gary Grabowski of Lakewood, Clayton and wife Yoland (Sam) of Windsor, Rosetta and husband Darrel Phillips, Duane and wife Melanie and Max and wife Polly, all of Haxtun; sister, Luella Lousberg of Farmington, N.M.; grandchildren, Zane Phillips, Matt Fetzer and wife Amy, Billy Fetzer and wife Jennifer, David Grabowski and wife Kristen, Debbie Grabowski, Ben Fetzer and wife Katie, Josh Fetzer and wife Mandee, Greg Fetzer, Elizabeth Fetzer, Dillon Fetzer and Tejay Fetzer; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leon will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

The funeral service was held May 7 at Haxtun United Methodist Church. Interment followed at the Haxtun Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fleming United Methodist Church.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.