Joseph Lemer

Feb. 21, 1930-Sept.16, 2017

Joseph Lemer, 87,

Drake, passed away Sa-

turday, September 16,

2017 at CHI-St. Alexius

Health in Bismarck. His

funeral will be held Satur-

day, September 23 at

10:30 A. M. at St. Mar-

garet Mary Catholic

Church in Drake with

Burial in the church

cemetery. Visitation will

be held Friday from 5 P.

M. until 7 P. M. followed

by a 7 P. M. Prayer Ser-

vice, all at the church.

Arrangements with

Bethke-Nelson Funeral

Home of Drake.

Joseph Lemer, son of

John M. And Dorothy

(Volk) Lemer, was born

February 21, 1930 on the

family farm north of

Drake where he grew up

and attended a nearby

country school. He began

working on the family

farm with his father at an

early age.

On April 9, 1955, he

was married to Delores

Martwick in Towner.

They made their home on

different farms over the

years before settling on a

farm west of Drake where

they farmed and ranched.

In 1994 they moved into

Drake and Joe continued

to help his son Jay with

the farming operation as

long as he was able.

Joe was a member of the

St. Margaret Mary Cathol-

ic Church of Drake. He

enjoyed fishing, playing

pinochle and deer hunt-

ing with his sons and


He is survived by his

wife of 62 years, Delores;

4 sons, Joel (Linda) of Car-

rington, Kevin (Mary) of

Bismarck, Lonnie (Trish)

of Bismarck and Jay

(friend Laura Landry) of

Drake; 7 grandchildren;

10 great-grandchildren; 2

brothers, Edward of Drake

and Lawrence (Katherine)

of Harvey; 4 sisters, Mag-

dalena Sander of Rugby,

Rosemary (Franklin) Mar-

tens of Ross, Dorothy

Reiger of Williston and

Margaret (Michael) White

of Waite Park, MN; and

many nieces and


Joe was preceded in

death by his parents; and

5 brothers, Dennis, Mike,

Johnny, Anthony and


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