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Alvin Ortman

Alvin C. Ortman of Freeman was born Dec. 28, 1926 to Andrew and Rose (Dick) Ortman at Marion, S.D. He died June 22, 2016 under home hospice care at the age of 89.

He grew up on farms in the Marion and Parker areas and served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He married Arlyss Ratzlaff on Sept. 12, 1948 and together they farmed for 62 years, most of it north of Freeman, before moving to an apartment. He was an active member of the Bethel Mennonite Church until its closing in 1992 and then joined the Salem Zion Mennonite Church.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years Arlyss; son Wayne (Cinda) of Sioux Falls; grandchildren Heather (Brad) Chambers of Omaha, Neb.; Sarah (Josh) Sturgis of Manson, Iowa; Jeremy (Emera) Ortman of Freeman, and Kellie (Dustin) Scholz of Sioux Falls; step-grandchildren Drew Karstens and Briana Karstens of Sioux Falls and Nathan Karstens (Janelle) of Fort Myers, Fla.; 13 great-grandchildren; brother Harvey (Lorraine) Ortman and sister Edna (Arnold) Becker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Jerry and his wife Pam Ortman; daughter-in-law Brenda Ortman, and brothers Marvin, LeRoy and Wallace (in infancy).

Visitation with family present will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 24th at Walter's Funeral Home in Freeman. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25th at Salem Zion Mennonite Church of rural Freeman.
Published in The Argus Leader on June 24, 2016
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