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 Lavern "Sleepy" Henry Oeltjen, age 83, of Lamar, Missouri passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Truman Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
Vern was born March 19,1936 in Grand Meadow, Minnesota to William Oeltjen and Anna (Pantze) Oeltjen. Vern was the 11th child out of 17 children. As a young man, Vern would retrieve water from a nearby well, where he met his wife of 64 years, Hannah (Fry) Oeltjen. Vern and Hannah were married on November 26, 1955.
Known to many as "Sleepy", Vern enjoyed his daily nap and his favorite child (dog) named Fritzy. Starting work at the age of 16, Vern devoted many years at Norris Grain Company and Bub Curless Construction. Vern spent 38 years working at Curless Construction and became known as a trusted handy man. During this time, Vern was honored as a premier heavy equipment operator in Barton County. Vern was also a long-time member of the Lamar Metro Club.

Survivors include his wife Hannah; 1 daughter, Sherri (Don) Pittsenbarger of Lamar; 2 sons, Rick (Pam) Oeltjen and Tim (Glyndora) Oeltjen all of Carthage; 2 sisters, Darla Reno of Lamar and Mary Lou Rathbun of Rochester, MN; 4 brothers, Ernie Oeltjen and Albert Oeltjen, both of Rochester, MN,  Melvin Oeltjen of Wichita Falls, TX and Don Oeltjen of Smithville, MO; 9 grandchildren, Gabe (Lara) Oeltjen, Erin (Rob) Gomez, Phillip (Jarica) Oeltjen, Ryan (Justin) Souza, Rusty Pittsenbarger, Mike Pittsenbarger, Lori Bartlett, Valerie Guerin and David Davis and 16 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Vern in death were his parents, 3 sisters and 7 brothers.
A graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at Lake Cemetery in Lamar, MO. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate Vern's long lived life.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar, MO.

Contributions are suggested and made payable to the American Diabetes Association or the Barton County Humane Society in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the staff members of Cox Barton County Hospital and Truman Healthcare and Rehabilitation for their quality of care and dedication to Vern and his family.


#7 LamarBob & Janet Sitton 2019-12-18 16:48
We are sorry for your loss. Our sympathy to the family.
#6 Liberal, MissouriPam Myers 2019-12-18 04:38
So sorry to hear about Sleepy.My kids and grands told me he was in the nursing home and sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you Hannah and your family
#5 Carthage, MORon/Barbara St Peter 2019-12-17 02:05
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers for comfort to his wonderful family.
#4 Tulare, CaliforniaChristine Souza 2019-12-16 23:28
Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Remember...this is not goodbye but until I see you again. Maybe he Rest In Peace.
#3 Rochester MnLonnie Oeltjen 2019-12-16 21:45
Very sorry for your loss. You have my prayers
#2 springfield, mophyl rohlfing 2019-12-16 19:50
Sorry to hear about Lavern. When we lived in Lamar, Hannah and Lavern and Don and I spent many hours watching our boys Rick and Kim play basketball together and they also graduated together. I think that group of boys still keep in touch with each other. Thinking of you too Sherry as we spent time together at the bank.
#1 Lamar, MissouriClint Engelage 2019-12-16 16:02
Sleepy was most definitely a "One of a Kind" genuine person. He indeed leaves a legacy of a hard working, trustworthy, considerate man. Many stories come to mind, both humorous and honorable. He will be missed, but am sure stories will carry on thru many who knew him.

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