Ervin W. Oelkers

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Ervin W. Oelkers, 93, of Zumbrota, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

He was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Zumbrota Township, Goodhue County, to Henry and Augusta (nee Brown) Oelkers. On Jan. 16, 1921, Ervin was baptized and on May 20, 1934, he was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. He attended White Willow School north of Zumbrota, and graduated from the eighth grade. Ervin worked on the family farm. On Nov. 10, 1943, he married Ramona Johnson in Zumbrota. They purchased a portable feed mill which they locally owned and operated for 12 years. They also farmed and milked cows in Zumbrota Township. After retirement, they moved to Zumbrota.

Ervin was a past member of the Carpenters Union, Grace Lutheran Church in rural Goodhue and current member of Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. He enjoyed puzzles, reading, playing cards and planting flowers.

Ervin is survived by his daughters, Una "Tootie" McFarren of Buffalo Junction, Va., and Jackie (David) Tutewohl-Schimek of Zumbrota; sons, Henry (Sandy) of Sheldon, Wis., and John (Robin) of Dalhart, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ervin was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona, who died March 26, 2004; brothers, Melvin and Conard Oelkers; and sister, Vera Kalisiak.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with Pastor David Krinke officiating. Burial will be in Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Goodhue in the family plot.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.


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Zumbrota, MN 55992
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Feb. 25, 2014