Aberdeen: Services for Fred F. Stern, 102, Aberdeen, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Haggar officiating and with military honors by Sidney L. Smith, American Legion Post 24.
Burial will be at a later date at the Ipswich Cemetery.
Fred died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Avera St. Luke's.
Visitation will be 1-7 p.m. Friday at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St.
Fred Frank Stern was born on Oct. 21, 1908, in Webster, Day County, S.D., the 10th child of George and Katharine Schneider Stern.
In 1917, he moved with his family to a farm in Liberty Township, Edmunds County, S.D. He completed the eighth grade at Liberty View School and worked on the family farm.
On June 10, 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army at Ft. Snelling, Minn. He completed basic training at Camp Rucker, Ala., and then married Opal Mae Barton on Nov. 25, 1942, at Ipswich, and returned to duty, training in Arizona and California. From June 1944 to November 1945, he served in the Palau Islands and the Southern Philippines with Company H, 322nd Infantry, 81st Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. On Nov. 5, 2008, Fred was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in active ground combat, Anguar Island on Oct. 1, 1944. He also received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and one Bronze arrowhead, the Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.
Following his discharge from the Army on Dec. 8, 1945, he joined his wife in Bremerton, Wash. In April 1946, they returned to Loyalton. In March 1949, they moved to the Stulc farm northeast of Loyalton and farmed until September 1966 when they moved to Aberdeen. He worked for Brown County Implement before spending a number of years as a self-employed painter and handyman.
In his younger years, he was on the Loyalton baseball team. He enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, football and other sports on television. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. In March 2009, he moved to Aberdeen Health and Rehab.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Aberdeen, and the American Legion, Post 67, Ipswich.
He was preceded in death by wife, Opal, in 1995; daughter, Mardythe, in 1949; great-granddaughter, Jaden Green, in 1993; parents; brothers, Philip, Steven, Daniel, John, George, Edward and Albert; sisters, Emma Loterbauer, Martha Walker, Catherine O'Brien and Louise Doerr; and several nieces and nephews.
Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters: Janice (Roger) Green of Topeka, Kan., and Wanda Lemke of Brighton, Colo.; two sons: Douglas Stern and Randy (Cindy) Stern, both of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren: Crystal Miller of Topeka, Jeff (Karin) Green of Gig Harbor, Wash., Brad (Libby) Green of Tecumseh, Kan., Lisa (Robert) Martinez of Brighton, Lori (Tony) Deluna-Martinez of Brighton, Lynn (Bill) Miller of Fort Lupton, Colo., Carissa and Ryan Stern of Aberdeen, Lisa Runnels of Aberdeen; 17 great-grandchildren: McKenna and Anja Green of Gig Harbor, John, Robert and Charles Williamson-Green, Brianna and Rebekah Green of Tecumseh, Christopher and Nicol
e Garland, Dominic Martinez, Carlita Luevano, Melina, Sofia and Diego Deluna-Martinez of Brighton, Sarah Miller of Fort Lupton, Gabe Hill of West Jordan, Utah, and Camryn Stern of Aberdeen; one sister: Lillian Allbee of Northfield, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Clara Stern of Bristol; and many nieces and nephews.