Fabian M. Halder

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Fabian M. Halder

In loving memory of Fabian M. Halder, services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, with celebrant Rev. Peter Nguyen.

Visitation will be Tuesday after 4 p.m. with a Parish Vigil Service at 7 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven.

Organist will be Darrell Weishaar.

Vocalist will be Erin Schany.

Casketbaerers will be: Leo Geelan, Marty Geelan, Duane Meyer, Archie Taylor, Ray Grandstaff and David Schurg.

Honorary bearers will be Fabian's grandchildren.

Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Ruthven. Military graveside rites by Ruthven American Legion.

Fabian Michael Halder, son of Fred Edward and Annie V. (Flaherty) Halder, was born June 18, 1926, in Pocahontas, Iowa. He attended school in Pocahontas before his family moved to Ruthven. Fabian graduated from Ruthven High School in 1945.

Following high school, Fabian served in the United States Army during World War II. He was then called back to service during the Korean War.

On Sept. 22, 1955, Fabian was united in marriage to Margaret J. Haar in Ruthven. To this union four children were born. Fabian farmed near Ruthven for many years. He had dairy livestock as well as grain farming.

Fabian was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Ruthven American Legion. He served as Calvary Cemetery's sexton for over 20 years, just recently resigning from that position. Fabian was also a past member of the Ruthven Fire Agency.

Fabian enjoyed playing cards and meeting with his coffee group each day. He loved music and especially liked going to dances or events to listen to music. Fabian also enjoyed photography. He will be remembered at Lakeland for always coming in at the end of the day to drink their last cup of coffee.

Fabian died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at the Palo Alto County Hospital at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant siblings; and his wife, Margaret in 2001.

He is survived by his children, Don and Becky Halder of Ruthven, Gary and Diana Halder of Spirit Lake, Craig and Teresa Halder of Olathe, Kansas, and Kent and Cindy Halder of Jesup, Iowa.; a dear friend, Arvilla Sassman of Dickens; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren: Lucas Seaton Halder Thrasher, Hailey and Logan; two brothers: Jerome Halder of Iowa Falls and Tom "Claire" Halder and his wife, Mary of Webster City, Iowa; a sister, Mary Ann Truog of Emmetsburg; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, martinmatticefuneralhome.com.