Arthur, Iowa

Shirley Hemer, 86, of Arthur, was called home by our Lord Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, from her farm home near Arthur, where she had been blessed to reside for more than 66 years.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt, Iowa. The Rev. Trish Underberg will officiate. Burial will be in Hayes Township Cemetery, rural Arthur. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Odebolt. Condolences may be sent online at

Shirley Helen Oxendale was born on June 13, 1931, the daughter of Joseph James "Jim" and Margaret Anna "Peg" (Fries) Oxendale. Shirley lived in the Arthur area almost all her life. She was a graduate of Arthur High School with the class of 1949.

Shirley married Roy Hemer of Arthur on Jan. 29, 1950. They were blessed with 13 children. Raising a family of 13 children was not easy or simple, but Shirley loved her husband, her family and her life on the farm near Arthur. In addition to being the mother of 13 children, she could easily be persuaded to talk about her 42 grandchildren or her 41 great-grandchildren. She will be so dearly missed.

Left to cherish her memory are 12 children, Ann (Bernie) Onnen of Schaller, Iowa, Joe (Eileen) Hemer of Waverly, Iowa, Peggy (Garry) Anderson of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Lee (Karen) Hemer of Odebolt, Jan (Charles) Schug of Ida Grove, Iowa, Jay (Sue) Hemer of Arthur, Kris (Rick) Schroeder of Odebolt, Don (Tami) Hemer of Arthur, Carl (Roxie) Hemer of Odebolt, Bonnie Hoefling of Sioux City, Dave (Diane) Hemer of Arthur, and Jean (Hagen) Ludwig of Breda, Iowa; son-in-law, Brad Aschinger of Wall Lake, Iowa; 42 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim (Pat) Oxendale; and sister-in-law, Lois Oxendale both of Ida Grove; friends; and extended family.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hemer; her daughter, Mary Aschinger; two granddaughters, Colette Hemer and Quincy Ludwig; her parents, Jim and Peg Oxendale; her parents-in-law, Clarence and Amanda Hemer; two brothers, Roland Oxendale and John Oxendale; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Boggs and Ila Oxendale; and a brother-in-law, Earl Hemer.