Omar Paul Hamnes, the son of Harold and Edna (Moen) Hamnes was born March 26, 1937 in Bottineau, North Dakota. He died at the age of 76 years on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in the Sanford Health Continuing Care Center in Mandan, North Dakota.
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Omar was raised in the farm home of his parents in rural Souris and was baptized and confirmed in the Turtle Mountain Lutheran Church in Carbury, North Dakota. He attended a rural school near his home and completed his education at Bottineau High School, graduating in 1955. On July 13th, 1955, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged on July 12th, 1963. He served on the USS Yorktown and on the USS Boxer. He was united in marriage to Beatrice Marie Heilman on February 14, 1960 in Rugby, North Dakota. The couple made their home in Sidney, Montana, later moving to Williston, Minot and then Deering, North Dakota. To this union three children were born. He began working at the Minot Air Force Base in 1963 as a central heating plant specialist and as a federal civil engineer, retiring after 32 years of service in 1992. Following retirement, Omar and Beatrice moved to Rugby making their home on the Heilman family farm and spending winters enjoying their winter home in Yuma, Arizona. Omar enjoyed entertaining, dancing, and playing cards. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Yuma, the Rugby Eagles, and a lifetime member of the VFW, Minot. He once served on the Deering School Board, and was a former member of the Deering Volunteer Fire Department.
Omar is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beatrice; a daughter, Lisa (Kelly) Mathias of Mandan; sons, Dean of Bismarck and Joel (Angela) of Hurst, Texas; grandchildren, Autumn & Austin Hamnes, Ashley & Tyler Mathias, Emily Cohen, Sadie Hamnes, and Joel Hamnes; a brother, Melville (Beverly) of Bottineau; sisters, Marceil Kringen of Williston and Carol (Orville) Mjelstad of Arnegard; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Everett Kringen; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 1st at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby, Pastor Dana Holter, officiating. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Clarence Larson Post # 23 American Legion Honor & Color Guard and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail in the Little Flower Cemetery, Rugby.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m Thursday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby and will continue for one hour prior to the time of services on Friday at the church.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
Published in The Yuma Sun on Oct. 31, 2013