Cleta Burnadine (Golden) Fuhr, age 93 entered into eternal peace on August 13, 2023 in Shenandoah. She was born on August 1, 1930 in Little Sioux, the daughter of William "Ace" and Dorothy (McEvers) Golden. Cleta was raised in Missouri Valley and graduated as Salutatorian from Missouri Valley High School with the Class of 1948. She worked at People's State Bank in Missouri Valley directly after graduation as the secretary to the president of the bank.
Cleta was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" L. Fuhr on August 9, 1952 in Missouri Valley, following his discharge from the United States Army after serving in the Korean War. The couple then moved to Shenandoah where Dick was employed with Iowa Power and Light Company. The couple was blessed with the birth of one daughter, Katherine Marie. Dick and Cleta enjoyed dancing to music of all kinds, from big bands to square dancing. They were fortunate to travel to many places in the United States and Germany. The couple enjoyed 37 years of marriage before Dick's passing.
For several years Cleta worked for Henry Field's Garden Center as a collator during seasonal work. She was an employee of City National Bank from 1971-until her retirement in 1987. Cleta was actively involved in the Shenandoah American Legion Auxiliary Unit #88 along with her husband in the Shenandoah American Legion and Color Guard. They enjoyed many American Legion Conventions throughout the United States. She served on various committees and held offices in the unit, county, district and state. She also served with Betty McCarthy on the State National Membership Committee. This was a wonderful honor. She also served as a Sunday School teacher and preschool teacher. Cleta always enjoyed teaching children. She was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah.
She loved spending time with her family and always made her famous homemade noodles at family gatherings. Cleta was extremely proud of her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Entertaining others brought her much joy. From family functions to neighborhood coffee's, happy hour, playing bridge and get-togethers with friends. There was always plenty of sweets and Russell Stover candy! Cleta enjoyed dancing and many other fun times with her special friend Doug McGinnis and his family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Virgil Peters, husband Richard in 1989, brother Ira Golden and brother-in-law Hugh Fuhr. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Katherine Field Mooney and husband Larry of Liberty, Mo.; grandchildren Christopher Field and wife Liz of Adel, and Kelly Field of Johnston; great-grandchildren Cohen and Grady Field of Adel; sister-in-law Shirlee Fuhr; special friend Doug McGinnis of Shenandoah; other relatives and many friends.
Celebration of life memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wabash Memorial Chapel in Shenandoah with Chaplain Marty Kalkowski officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at the Elm Street Grill in Shenandoah. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Auxiliary Chapter #88.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.wabashmemorial.com. Wabash Memorial Chapel in Shenandoah was honored to have been entrusted with the arrangements.