Roman Ortmann was born Dec. 25, 1924, at rural Maryhill, the son of John and Eleanor (Bohnenkamp) Ortmann. At the age of five, Roman moved with his family to near Remsen where he was raised and received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen from which he graduated in 1943. On June 18, 1943 he entered the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater, and was discharged Dec. 25, 1945. He then returned to the Remsen area where he was a farm laborer.
On Feb. 20, 1950, he married Irene Plendl at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. They lived near Alton for one year then moved to the Remsen area. In 1953 he began working for Garvin Grinding in Marcus. In 1957 the couple moved into Remsen. In 1967 he began working for the Remsen Roller Mill from which he retired in 1989.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen and V.F.W. Post 3328. He enjoyed golfing and woodworking and after his retirement going to Skeeters in the morning for coffee.
Survivors include his wife, Irene of Remsen; eight children, Carol and her husband Joe Bates of Oskaloosa, Randy and his wife Connie of Remsen, Steve and his special friend, Viv, both of Manhattan, Kan., Terri and her husband Steve Garvin of Remsen, Janet Ortmann and Sherri and her husband Terry Truex all of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mary and her husband Mark Lubben of Le Mars, Doug and his wife Nancy of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 13 grandchildren, Kevin and his wife Heather Ortmann, Keith Ortmann and his special friend, Christy, Kyle Ortmann, Michael and his wife Lindsay Garvin, Scott and Laura Garvin, Eric and Marcia Ortmann, Nathan and Maria Truex, Emily, Grace and Isaac Ortmann; one great-grandson, Cole Weiler; two sisters and their husbands, Betty and Clifford O'Toole of Tyler, Minn., and Rita and Don Smith of Lisbon; five brothers, Dick and his wife Colleen of Windom, Minn., Paul and Jerry and his wife Nancy all of Lisbon, Bob and Sally of Remsen, Jack and Cheryl of Palo; one brother-in-law, Edmund Plendl of Maurice; and one sister-in-law, Janice Plendl of Remsen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Jane Delperdang.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy and Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. Thursday. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen.
Casketbearers will be his gandsons, Kevin, Keith and Kyle Ortmann, Michael and Scott Garvin, Eric Ortmann, Nathan Truex, Isaac Ortmann.