Velma Marie Drees
1922 - 2006

BORN: 26 DEC 1922
         Daykin, Nebraska
MARRIED: Chester Rollie STIGGE
         23 APR 1944
         Daykin, Nebraska
DIED: 04 APR 2012
         Ponca City, Oklahoma

Velma Marie Drees was the fifth child born to Gustav and Mary Drees.

Marie worked for the Soil Conservation Office in Fairbury, Nebraska before marrying Chester Stigge in 1944. Chester joined the Army 2 months later and their first child, James, was born in the fall.

Chester's military service during World War II took him first to Louisiana, Texas and Maryland, then finally to Europe.

After the war, Chester and Velma farmed for a few seasons before Chester secured a welding job with a pipeline company headquartered out of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Chester's job required that he travel all over the country. Velma stayed in Ponca City and looked after their three children as well as running a side business. After the kids grew up, Velma traveled to various sites with Chester.

Velma died on April 4th, 2006, outliving her husband by 20 years. Her funeral was held at First Lutheran Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma on April 8th and she is buried in Resthaven Memorial Park - Ponca City.

HUSBAND of Velma Marie Drees:
    Chester Rollie STIGGE


PARENTS of Velma Marie Drees:
    Gustav DREES
    Maria "Mary" STRUCKMAN

CHILDREN of Velma Marie Drees:
   1. James Lee STIGGE

   2. Alan Kent STIGGE
   3. Jerald Ray "Jerry" STIGGE


  The Drees Family Tree, Book II, by Elsie Spicer
  1930 U.S. Federal Census for Eureka Pct, Jefferson Co. NE
  1940 U.S. Federal Census for Eureka Pct, Jefferson Co. NE
  U.S. Social Security Death Index
  WEB: Find A Grave