Edwin W. Ewers, age 80, of rural Richland Center, died at his residence on Thursday, January 24, 2013 following a struggle with leukemia. Ed was born in Richland County on June 4, 1932, the son of Alvin and Ada (Unbehaun) Ewers. He proudly served the United States in the Army infantry, and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Ed was united in marriage with Arlene Flamme, and they farmed and raised their family together, celebrating 33 years until her death. He later married Marlys Anderson and they celebrated 27 years together in November 2012.
Ed was a country boy at heart. He loved and cared for the land continuously. Once he ‘retired' from farming, he embarked on a 20 year business called ‘Ed's Big Rolls'. This broadened his acquaintances and friendships even more, with contacts in at least 14 states. Community contacts and involvement were also acquired when he drove school bus and participated in the Ash Creek United Methodist Church activities. He also enjoyed being a member of the Backroad Express Riders, was named an Outstanding Young Farmer, and a member of the Richland Drifters Snowmobile Club. He and Marlys were fortunate to winter in Arizona for several years, and were members of the Family Motorcoach Association, Badger Chapter, where Ed was president for two years. His heart remained in Richland County and with his family.
Ed is survived by: his wife Marlys Ewers of rural Richland Center, children: Randal R. Ewers of Jacksonville, FL, Cheri Ewers of Richland Center, Steve (Trudy) Krans of Howe, IN, Susan (Alan) Leis of Sparta, WI, 10 grandchildren Nicholas (Shelly) Ewers, Nicholas (Chelsea) Shireman, Jessica (Andy) Hare, Kelli Leis, LeeAndra (Floyd) Bartow, Karen (Keith) Blakenship, Marcus Wynhoff, John Krans, AJ Leis, Branden Evans, 11 great grandchildren. His brother and sister: Owen (Elaine) Ewers, Rita Staum both of Richland Center, Sister in law: Marian Ewers of Prior Lake, Nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Ed was further preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles Ewers, sister and brother in law: Avis (Maynard) Romness; and brother in law and sister in law: Robert Staum and Carol Ewers.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Pastors Ed Jones and Jamie Smedsrud will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Local Veterans Military Memorial Honors Unit. Friends may call at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL on Tuesday from 11:00 AM until service time at 2:00 PM.
The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.