Oscar Steffen

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Oscar Steffen

Oscar W. Steffen age 91 of Walnut Grove passed away on Friday,
June19, 2009 at the Valley View Manor in Lamberton after a brief
illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday
at Trinity Lutheran Church with interment in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home and will continue one hour
prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Email condolences may
be sent to the family via www.walnutgrovefuneralhome.com. The Walnut
Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Oscar W. Steffen was born September 4, 1917 on the family farm
in Granite Rock Township, Redwood County, MN to Henry and Anna (Rinderman)
Steffen. He was baptized and confirmed at Johnsonville Lutheran
Church of rural Lucan. He attended country school district 58 near
Lucan, and later attended Dunwoody Institute for 2 years. Oscar
worked for the Redwood County REA for a couple years. On June 27,
1941, Oscar entered the US Army. During WWII, Oscar served in Normandy,
Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and in Central Europe where
he worked as a truck driver for heavy equipment. He received his
honorable discharge October 6, 1945. After the war, Oscar returned
home. On June 19, 1948, Oscar was united in marriage to Lorraine
Kopperud at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church. Together the couple lived
in their home in Walnut Grove that they built in 1948. Oscar resided
there ever since. Oscar and his brother Emil started working as
electricians in the Walnut Grove Area in 1939. The business continues
to operate in the family 70 years later. Oscar was very active in
his church where he sang in the choir, and served on the church
council. He enjoyed gardening, reading, wood working and working
on new ideas and inventions.

Oscar is survived by his sons: Leland and wife Pam and Errol Steffen
both of Walnut Grove; grandchildren: Dustin (Jessie) Van De Wiele
of Walnut Grove & Nicole (James) Marsh of Walnut Grove; great
grandchildren: Dylan & Garrett, and Cole, Porter & Leah;
brother Louis (Cora) Steffen of Alpine, CA; and numerous other relatives
and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents, wife Lorraine;
five brothers: Emil, Alfred, Albert, George and Otto and a sister
Emma.

 


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