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David Oldemeyer, 90, Pipestone, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Pipestone County Hospice House.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 28 at First Presbyterian Church, Holland, with Rev. Kendrick Matthews and Rev. Lynne Matthews officiating.

Casket bearers were Jim Heard, Jason Heard, Randy Bolt, Randie Vermeal, Jim O’Neill, Rick Axelson, David Abrahamson and Michael Oldemeyer.  Military honors were provided by Earl Gruis American Legion Post 534, Holland.
Interment was in the Woodstock Cemetery, Woodstock.

David Oldemeyer was born to Rens and Nettie (Weeks) Oldemeyer on Oct. 2, 1920 in Frazee. When he was two years old he moved with his parents to southwest Minnesota where he was raised on several farms in both Murray and Pipestone counties. He attended country school in District #14 and then the school in Woodstock. He continued his education at Pipestone High School. After his graduation in 1938 he was employed by several farmers in the Woodstock area.

He entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 21, 1942 and was sent to Europe with the 508th Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. He served as the assistant to the chaplain in Graves Registration in Normandy. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Bronze Star. During the time he was in the service, he married Elizabeth “Lib” Warlick at Trinity Methodist church in Durham, N.D. on June 8, 1946.

Following their marriage, Dave completed his service as a security guard for President Eisenhower. After his discharge from the service on Nov. 9,1946 they returned to the Woodstock area and farmed in Burke Township west of Woodstock. In 1955 they moved to a farm near Holland. In 1960 they purchased a farm in Rock Township where they continued to farm until their retirement.

In November 2002 Lib and Dave moved off their farmstead into Pipestone. On Aug. 6, 2009 Lib preceded him in death. He became a resident of Falls Landing Assisted Living in Pipestone on Nov. 9, 2009. On July 30, 2010 he entered the Pipestone County Hospice House.

In 1956 Dave became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Holland where he served several terms on the Session and also served as Clerk of the Session. He was an active member of the Earl Gruis American Legion Post #534. He served several terms on the Community Health Board for Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Pipestone Counties. He also served on the Holland Elevator Board, the Rock Township Board and the Soil Conservation Board. In 1989, he and his son traveled to Honduras as part of the Heifer Project, which was a work study program to assist the local farmers with projects involving their livestock. He also helped build Habitat for Humanity homes in Arizona and Mexico. He was also very active in the Democratic Party.

He is survived by his five children, Sara (Jim) Heard, Edgerton, John (Judy) Oldemeyer, Holland, Nancy Oldemeyer, Chula Vista, Calif., Deb (Rick) Axelson, Coralville, Iowa and Rae (Randie) Vermeal, Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren and 8 ¾ great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; one brother, Henry John Oldemeyer and one sister, Ida May O’Neill.

(Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel)






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