Floyd Messer

Thursday, September 21, 2000

Funeral services for Floyd Messer, 89, of Ida Grove, were held Monday, Sept. 18 at Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Rev. Marvin Lindley officiated the 10:30 a.m. service.

Burial was in Ida Grove Cemetery. Christensen-Ciha Funeral Homes of Ida Grove was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Messer passed away on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Willow Dale Care Center in Battle Creek.

He was born Dec. 14, 1910, the son of Charles and Minnie (Konradi) Messer, on the Adam Messer homestead northwest of Odebolt. He grew up and received his education in the Odebolt area, graduating from Odebolt High School in 1928. Following graduation, he began working as an automotive mechanic for Hall Motor Company (later Baxter Motors) in Ida Grove.

On March 2, 1934, he married Loraine Moorehead. In 1943, Mr. Messer entered the United States Army, serving two and a half years overseas during World War II as a T-4 Sergeant with the 784th Automatic Anti-Aircraft Battalion.

Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he opened Messer's Service Garage at his home in Ida Grove. In 1963, he began working as a salesman for Midtown Motors, retiring in 1975.

Mr. Messer was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Loraine in 1995; one sister Mildred Moore and two grandchildren: Anthony and Julie Messer.

He is survived by his three children: James Messer of Richmond, Va., Jerry Messer and his wife Joan of Newport, Minn. and Judy Bauer and her husband Stanley of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one sister Parthiena Fredericksen of Des Moines.