Roman Ortmeier

June 15, 1931—Dec. 23, 2017

Roman Ortmeier, 86, of Dodge died Friday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Nye Pointe Health and Rehab Center in Fremont.

Roman Joseph Ortmeier was born on June 15, 1931, to Anton and Catherine (Kreikemeier) Ortmeier on the family farm south of Dodge. He enlisted in the National Guard and was later drafted into the United States Army. Roman was later honorably discharged after serving as a Machine Gun Sergeant for the 31st Field Artillery Battalion while stationed in Korea. He married Alvina (Bayer) Ortmeier on Jan. 3, 1952, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge. The couple farmed south of Dodge before retiring in 1989 and moving into town.

Roman was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the Dodge Public School Board for 16 years, serving several of those years as president.

Survivors include: his wife, Alvina, of Dodge; daughter, Kathy (Russell) Benne of San Angelo, Texas; sons, Richard (Barbara) of Blair and Patrick (Karen) of Dodge; sister, Patricia Svoboda of Dodge; brother, Gilbert (Lorraine) of Dodge; sister-in-laws, Lorraine (Raymond) and Luann (Vincent) Ortmeier of Dodge; grandchildren, Marsha Benne, Scott Benne, Julie (Mark) Edmonds, Michelle (Steve) Martinez, Vicki Ortmeier, Kelly (Zach) Meyer, Brian (Autumn) Ortmeier, Adam (Chelsea), and Kurt Ortmeier; and nine great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mildred and her husband, Leonard Uher; brothers, Raymond and Vincent Ortmeier, brother-in-law, Joseph Svoboda; granddaughter, Tracy Ortmeier; and parents-in-law, Christian and Leona Bayer.

Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge with Reverend An Duy Phan as celebrant. Lunch will follow at the church hall. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Burial will be at a later date.

A memorial has been established.

Stokely Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

News Editor

Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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