Frank Joseph Ekeler
services were conducted at St. Stephen's Catholic Church Tuesday, July
27, 1954 for Frank Joseph Ekeler, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ekeler,
Jr. The lad was fatally injured in an auto accident northeast of Exeter,
Nebraska on Saturday, July 24, 1954.
Joseph Ekeler was born November 12, 1939 and graduated from St.
Stephen's School in Exeter, May 15, 1953. He was a member of the CYO and
choir at St. Stephen's, and also served as an altar boy for eight years.
graduating from St. Stephen's, he attended Exeter High School where he
was active in all school activities. He was a member of the football,
basketball and track teams.
are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ekeler, Jr. , two brothers, John
serving with the Armed Forces in Korea, and Wilfrid at home, two
sisters, Mary Anne and Francis, both of Lincoln; grandmother, Mrs. Frank
Ekeler, Sr., of Exeter.
were in charge of Msgr. John F. Ekeler, uncle of Frank Joseph, with
interment at Exeter Cemetery. Pallbears were Gary Ruhl, Galen Crowder,
Frank Bougger, Paul Beranek, John Dinneen, Jr., and Clarence Harre.
One Exeter youth was killed and four
others injured early Saturday morning on a gavel road one mile
north and two and one-fourth miles east of Exeter. Frank Joseph
Ekeler, 14, was fatally injured. Charles Miller, 18, Garve
Chapman, 17, Wilfrid Ekeler, 16, and Henry Myers, 16, sustained
The five boys had been among the Exeter
Boosters who had visited different towns during the day
advertising the Exeter Diamond Jubilee, being in different cars.
After getting back to Exeter, they decided to go get something
to eat and it was on there way to let the Ekeler boys out at
their home when the accident occurred.
The boys were riding in Charles Miller's
1939 Studebaker sedan. Apparently Charles lost control on
the gravel. The car went off part way into the south ditch, then
crossed the road and went into the ditch in the north side
striking a Consumers power line pole. The pole was broken into
three pieces. Officers investigating the accident stated that
the car traveled 344 feet from the time it hit the south ditch
until it struck the pole.
Apparently Frank Joseph Ekeler died
instantly as he sustained a broken neck. Charles Miller was
rendered unconscious and it was reported Sunday night that he
had still not regained consciousness. Henry Myers sustained a
deep cut over the right ear, besides bumps and bruises. Wilfrid
Ekeler and Garve Chapman escaped with severe bruises and
After the accident two of the boys went to
the John Harre home not far from the scene and called Dr.
Lewellen and the Farmer ambulance from Exeter. Sheriff Tobiassen
was also notified. All the boys were taken to the Friend
Hospital. The Myers boy was released after treatment. Wilfrid
Ekeler and Chapman were released the next day.
Funeral services for Frank Joseph Ekeler
were held at St. Stephen's Church in Exeter Tuesday morning.
Fillmore County News
Frank Joseph Ekeler