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John Oltmanns
September 19, 1860–January 29, 1933
Aged Resident Dies Suddenly
Passes Away Suddenly at His Home Here on Sunday Morning

John Oltmanns was born at Wiardergroden, Oldenburg, Germany, Sept. 19. 1860. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church. After his confirmation he learned the carpenter's trade and followed it until he left Germany for America, with the exception of three years which he spent in military training. Coming to this country in 1884 he took up farming near Council Bluffs, Iowa, where in the year 1887 he married Miss Elise Weers. In 1893 he, together with his family, came to Jones county where, several years later, he bought the farm in Cass township which he called his own until he died. Mr. Oltmanns chose to retire from farming in Sept. of 1919 and bought the home on North Ford St. at which he expired early Sunday morning Jan. 29, aged 72 years, 4 months and 10 days.
About seven weeks ago the deceased suffered a stroke which, although only light, nevertheless affected him to such an extent that his family began to worry about him. It was feared that a second stroke might suddenly terminate his life. Yet, when this had actually happened, the report of his departure came as a shock to most of us. He had passed away so quietly that Mrs. Oltmanns, his faithful spouse, did not become aware of it until she went to call him for breakfast. From all appearances he had crossed the threshold of death without any struggle, but was taken hence in sleep.
The departure of Mr. Oltmanns means a distinct loss to St. Paul's Lutheran church. He was a regular attendant at its German services, communed frequently, was liberal and prompt in giving it financial support, nor was he penurious in his contributions toward the work of the church at large.
He will be missed by many of his acquaintances who still like to deal with a man that is frank and open, upright and honest. His neighbors on North Ford street will greatly miss an intelligent, hospitable and sociable friend.
There are those to whom he has been more, our sympathy goes out to them who mourn the loss of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, or brother. May God's grace in Christ Jesus be their comfort.
There remain to mourn the departure of Mr. John Oltmanns, besides his faithful wife, who shared his joys and sorrows for more than 45 years: three sons and three daughters, namely: Messrs John, Albert, and William M. Oltmanns, of Anamosa; Mrs. Kate Poppe, of Langworthy; Mrs. Amalie Knake, of Bellvue; Mrs. Dena Albers, of Martelle; a brother, Ludwig Oltmanns, in Germany; three sisters residing at Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mrs. Ed Harms, Mrs. Henry Harms and Mrs. Oscar Schneider; 30 grandchildren and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted from St. Paul's Lutheran church, Anamosa, in English and from the Lutheran church of Castle Grove in German on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Pastor A. Matthias officiating. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery at Castle Grove, IA.

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Source: Anamosa Eureka, 3 February 1933

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