Lawrence Byron Obermeyer, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington, Nebraska after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his wife, family members and close friends.
Memorial Services will be on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hartington with Rev. Gary Kimm officiating. Burial will be in the Hartington City Cemetery with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers: Mickey Harrison, Misty Jensen, Mandy Erickson, Megan Hopson, Melisa Janssen, Brendon Ehlers, Brady Ehlers, Beau Ehlers, Abbey Ehlers, Brock Ehlers, Tiffany Pinkelman, Travis Pinkelman and Tina Heard.
Lawrence was born March 19, 1930 to Herman and Emily (Benjamin) Obermeyer. He was the big brother to his only sibling, Wilma (Bohlken). As a young boy, he helped at home by working in the family garden, picking apples, cherries and plums in the small orchard, raising chickens and spending the summers working on his cousin's farm. He also played basketball and football. In 1948, he graduated from Coleridge High School, in Coleridge, Nebraska. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as a Sergeant Airman 1st Class. He returned home to meet and marry the love of his life, Venita Gayle Erickson (Anderson) on February 12, 1953 at the Methodist Parsonage in Yankton, South Dakota. He was also blessed with two small children, Jacqueline Sue and Russell Leland Erickson. Later, the happy couple became the proud parents of three more children, Byron Lee, Ronald Eugene and Vickie Jo. Together, they raised the happy family as one, always including and supporting all three families. The children grew up thinking they were special because they had three Grandmas' and three Grandpas'. In February of 2013, Lawrence and Gayle celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Lawrence began working for Holmquist Grain and Lumber in Hartington, Nebraska. He later became the manager for Holmquist Grain and Lumber in Coleridge, Nebraska. He retired in 1992, after 40 years of service. He soon realized the retired life wasn't for him, so he went to work for Fisher Feed in Hartington, Nebraska. He worked there for 10 years and truly enjoyed the many friendships.
Lawrence was an active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hartington, Nebraska and until recently was the Financial Secretary. He was also a member of the VFW; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5283 and participated in numerous military funerals.
Through the years, Lawrence enjoyed raising a large garden. He would compete with his dad to see who grew the largest tomatoes and potatoes, help his children sell the sweet corn raised to earn money for the Cedar County Fair and share his many harvests with family, friends and neighbors. He loved playing cards with his children and grandchildren and expected them to give their "undivided attention" and exhibit their "best behavior" until the game was over. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan and was so excited to attend his first and only game in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2008. He enjoyed listening and dancing to Polka music, solving Crossword and Sudoku puzzles and also reading, his favorite book being "The Holy Bible". He will be remembered by his family for believing that "a simple life is the best", "less is more" and "why buy it, if you can fix it or make it yourself".
He is survived by his wife, Gayle, three children, Byron Obermeyer of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ron of San Clemente, California and daughter, Vickie (Scott) Ehlers of Evanston, Wyoming, 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his daughter, Jackie Harrison (Erickson), son-in-law, Jerry Harrison, son, Rusty Erickson, daughter-in-law, Barb Pinkelman, parents, Herman and Emily Obermeyer and sister, Wilma Bohlken.
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Sincere sympathy to Lawrence's whole family. There are good memories of the family's involvement in the church and community during my time there, 1970 - '77.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
Steve & Sara Feuerstein
We are so sorry for your loss. Lawrence was such a neat guy and we loved him. We pray that you find some comfort and strength in God's loving arms that are wrapped around each of you now. He will be missed.
Judy Thousand/Tina Heard
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