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Willard Ommen, 93

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Willard Folkert Ommen, 93, died August 8, 2014,

Willard, son of Henry and Florence (Basche), was born September 23, 1920 on the family farm near Fulda, in Nobles County. He grew up on the farm and attended Bloom Township Country School.

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On October 17, 1943, he was united in marriage to Artie VanderBrink at Pfingston Immanuel Lutheran Church, near Fulda. They spent most of their years farming; in the early years, near Fulda, but the majority near Westport.

Willard loved to share stories of other jobs he worked. For a few years they ran a restaurant in Slayton, he drove school bus, operated a forklift in a factory in California, and worked as a carpenter. Willard was proud to be able to work with Artie in the garden, helping her with housework, and doing what he could to help out at Arabella Manor, where they lived since they sold their home.

Willard made great memories hunting and fishing, especially the trips with Al. The last trip was within the last four years and he shot his last buck while he was late in his 80s. Last winter, he still competed with the Zion Lutheran dartball league. He had a competitive nature and was proud to share his accomplishments. He loved attending any of the grandchildrens activities.

Retirement gave him a chance to pursue hobbies, including gardening, refinishing furniture, woodcarving, playing cards, and he even learned to play the Wii. He was a Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan if they were winning.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Artie; daughters, Judy and husband Alan Nelson of St Cloud, Cindy Hoium of Villard; five grandchildren, Bryan (Lori) Nelson, Charise (Brian) Schutz, Brett (Sam) Hoium, Derek Hoium and Kyle Hoium; five great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Paulsen of Mankato; stepbrother, Ed Paulsen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Lonnie Hoium; his parents and stepmother; brothers, Henry, Andrew, Walter, Theodore and Jacob; sisterss Gertrude, Henrietta, Esther and Anna; stepbrothers, William and John; and stepsisters, Esther, Irene and Anne.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 11 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Burial was at Lake Leven Cemetery in rural Villard.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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