Otto William E. Oldenburg, 88, Austin

Published 10:47 am Monday, July 23, 2012

Otto William Oldenburg, 88, of Austin, Minn., died Sunday morning, July 22, 2012, at Madonna Meadows Assisted Living in Rochester, Minn.

Otto W. Oldenburg

He was born June 9, 1924, in Austin, the son of Otto W. H. and Emma (Cummings) Oldenburg Sr. He attended school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1941. During World War II, Otto served with the 1365th Military Police Company in China, India and Burma. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Rae Ihrke on June 22, 1947, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Austin. The couple made their home in Austin, where Otto worked for the Geo A. Hormel Company as a clerk in the lard room, retiring in 1985. Phyllis died on Feb. 25, 1999. Otto continued to live in Austin until moving to Rochester in 2008 to be near his sons. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, American Legion Post No. 91 and VFW Post No. 1216. He enjoyed hunting, especially pheasants and squirrels.

Survivors include his daughter, Dereen (John) Ernst of Austin of Austin; two sons, Derlen (Nancy) Oldenburg and Deven (Joyce) Oldenburg all of Rochester; six grandchildren, Ryan (Heather) Oldenburg, Kris (Suzanna) Oldenburg, Kyle Oldenburg, Rebecca Oldenburg, Nicholas Oldenburg and Allison Ernst; one great-granddaughter, Elia Oldenburg; a sister-in-law, Harriet Oldenburg of Austin and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Phyllis; a grandson, Aaron Ernst; three sisters, Margaret Dreyer, Johanna Davison and Emma Oldenburg; and one brother, Donald Oldenburg.

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Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Tom Ogilvie officiating. Interment will follow the service at Grandview Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post No. 91 and VFW Post No. 1216. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at the Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin or Madonna Meadows Assisted Living in Rochester.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.