Burdette Ronald Fahr, the son of Edgar Henry and Alice Mary Ida (Menke) Fahr, was born April 15, 1933, in Buena Vista County, Iowa. Whitey entered eternal rest on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Greater Regional Medical Center, Creston, Iowa, at the age of eighty-four years and four months.
Whitey was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. John’s Hanover and attended Hanover Parochial School. He graduated from Aurelia High School in 1951. He entered the United States Army on December 2, 1953, and served with the 24th Engineering Company as an equipment repair man. He was honorably discharged on November 16, 1955, earning the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.
Whitey put his Army training to use and began a career working on heavy equipment. He worked for Wilbur Nielsen Construction out of Onawa, Iowa, on jobs throughout Iowa and Kansas, and then for Leonard Nelson Construction in Red Oak, Iowa. In 1980 he started Whitey’s Repair. He was well-known in Southwest Iowa for his personality and knowledge of the machines he loved.
Whitey moved to Corning in 1971 and was united in marriage to Margaret Ruth Rice on December 16, 1972, at the Corning United Methodist Church. One daughter, Sonia Sue, was born to bless this union.
Whitey was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Left to Cherish Whitey’s memory are his loving wife Maggie, Corning, Iowa; daughter: Sonia Fahr, Des Moines, Iowa; brother: Randy (Annette) Fahr, Eldora, Iowa; his brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard Marijo Marshall of Griswold, IA, and Sandra Andy Anderson of Eatonville, WA; his nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends; and his dear friend: Tianna.
Preceding Whitey in death were his parents Edgar and Alice and his sisters: Elinor and Marianna May.