Ervin Fred Ommen was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Plymouth County, the son of John and Freda (Popken) Ommen. He attended country school in Plymouth County, and later Central High School in Le Mars.
He was drafted into the United States Navy. He served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged. After his discharge, he attended Los Angeles City College for two years.
He was united in marriage to Catherine "Kay" Feuerstein Nov. 19, 1950. in Watertown, S.D. They lived in Garden City, S.D. Ervin worked for Howard Robb before moving back to Le Mars, in 1955.
Ervin worked construction with John Brangwin for a few years before moving back to Garden City. They farmed in Garden City for 14 years. After retiring from farming, they moved to Dell Rapids, S.D., in 1972.
Ervin was a nursing home administrator for the Odd Fellows Nursing Home in Dell Rapids. He retired in 1985.
In 1986, they moved to Akron. Ervin worked part-time for Dirk's Hardware in Akron for many years. In 2004, they moved to Ceylon, Minn. Kay died June 27, 2007, in Ceylon, Minn.
In November 2007, Ervin moved to a nursing home in Blue Earth, Minn., and later to the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Luverne, Minn.
Ervin was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ceylon, Minesota.
He was lifetime member of the American Legion. He was a past Grand Master of the South Dakota Odd Fellows Lodge.
Ervin enjoyed going hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed doing carpentry work and woodworking. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include a son: Steven Ommen (Debra) of Ceylon, Minn.; three grandchildren: Jason Ommen (Jenny) of Okoboji, and their children, Bryce and Brighton, Jennifer Swan (David) of Woodland Park, Colo., and their daughter, Samantha, and Joy Pockrus (Dan) of Ceylon, Minn., and their children, Cassie, Adara, and Daniel; two brothers: Melvin Ommen (Jalane) of Henry, S.D., and Donald Ommen of Lewison, Idaho; a sister: Vera Pasawalk of Denver, Colo.; a stepsister: Alice "Sis" Gillam of Salem, Ore.; three stepbrothers: Delbert Gillam of Post Falls, Idaho, George Gillam of Spokane, Wash., and Bruce Gillam of Mitchell, S.D.; seven brothers-in-law; eight sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kay Ommen; a sister: Bernice Henrich; a brother: Henry Ommen; two sisters in infancy; and his stepfather, Earl Gillam.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ceylon, Minn. The Rev. Eugene Anderson officiated. Military rites were conducted by the Nassen-Detert American Legion Post 529 of Ceylon. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Craig. Visitation was after 6 p.m. Sunday with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ceylon. The Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, is in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.