Freddy Watson, 75

Freddy Watson, 75, of Montezuma passed away Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services were held Mar. 26 at the Montezuma First Presbyterian Evangelical Church.

Freddy Clark Watson, the son of Lewis and Lucille (Bryan) Watson, was born on Dec. 30, 1938, in Grinnell. Growing up, Freddy attended the Searsboro Community Church. He graduated from Searsboro High School in 1957. Following high school, Freddy enlisted in the United States Navy, serving four years before being honorably discharged in May 1965. On June 26, 1964, Freddy was united in marriage to Mary Lu Ahrens at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Grinnell. To this union two sons were born. Freddy worked for Byers Construction and the Taintor Lumberyard before starting his own carpentry business, Watson Construction, in the early 1970s. During his construction career, Freddy worked alongside Robert Walker of Walker Construction, retiring in 2001. Freddy enjoyed taking care of his gardens and flower beds, NASCAR, cheering for Jeff Gordon, hunting, birdwatching, western movies, puzzles, and above all spending time with his family, especially his two great-grand-daughters, Ellie Marie and Kylie Marie. Freddy was a lifetime member of the NRA and the Poweshiek County Sportsman's Association (PCSA).

His memory will be honored by his wife of nearly 50 years, Mary Lu Watson of Montezuma; two sons, Michael Fred (Deanna Marie) Watson of Ankeny and David Robert (Karoline Kay) Watson of Ankeny; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Lucille Marie Watson of Montezuma; two brothers, Raymond (Mary Jo) Watson and Bill (Dianne) Watson; and three sisters, Rilla (Ronnie) Baker, Martha (Don) Vos, and LuAnne (Mike) Dean.

Freddy was preceded in death by his father Lewis Watson and a brother in infancy, Robert Watson.

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