CLAUDE W. ABRAMS
Claude W. Abrams, 91, of Fort Dodge, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Simpson Health Center.
A service honoring Claude’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 21, St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Allen Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by V.F.W. Post No. 1856 and the United States Navy Honor Guard. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Claude is survived by his daughters, Pamela; and Julie (Larry) Hughes, all of Fort Dodge; grandchildren, Christopher Hughes and Kari Johnson, Fort Dodge; Jamie Hughes (Gezim) Lika, Las Vegas, Nevada; great-grandchildren, Cole Hughes, Kaleb and Maxwell Johnson, Fort Dodge; his step-children, Marlene Nelson (Bob Rustvold), Fort Dodge; JoAnn (Rollie) Hunter, Fort Dodge; many step-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two wives, his son, Jeff, in 1981, his brothers, Harold and Ronnie Abrams and sister Jeanette Jorgeson.
Claude Watson Abrams, the son of Ralph and Mildred (Huewitt) Abrams, was born March 27, 1927 at Fort Dodge. He attended Border Plains elementary and Lehigh High School. He entered into the United States Navy in Farragut, Idaho and traveled to Mobile, Alabama before spending time in the Panama Canal. Claude was united in marriage to Donna Jean Jordanger. They were married for 41 years and she preceded him in death in 1991. Claude was united in marriage to Evelene Hirschberg in 1994. They were married for 23 years and she preceded him in death in 2017. Claude was employed with Tobin Meat Packing Company, where he later became a meat inspector. He also worked for Gus Glaser Meats for many years, Iowa Kernel Popcorn, Hardy Salt Company and Consumer Supply Corporation of Storm Lake where he worked as a salesman until his retirement.
Claude enjoyed music and loved playing his guitar, especially when he played with his small band. He enjoyed horses and horse related activities. He was a former member of the Fort Dodge Dragoons Calvary Division. Claude also enjoyed traveling after his retirement.