Donald T. Oelrich

            Donald Talcott Oelrich, the son of Will and Blanche (Talcott) Oelrich, was born on September 15, 1921, on the family farm in Putnam Township, near Lamont, Iowa.  He attended grade school and graduated from Lamont High School in 1939.                                                                                                         

            Don farmed with his father and they raised and milked purebred Guernsey cattle over 57 years.  He was also a bee keeper.  Don was involved with 4-H and was a member of the American Guernsey Cattle Club, Fayette County Farm Bureau, and the Lamont Methodist Church.

            Don and Joyce Evelyn Linn were married on August 7, 1949 in Rochester, Iowa. To this union four children, Kenneth, Jerry, Judy and Jim, were born.  They continued to farm near Lamont until 1981, when they moved to an acreage 2 miles from the farm. Joyce later become ill with cancer and passed away on July 15, 1982. 

            Don married Hilda Wenthe Pleggenkuhle of Hawkeye, on May 2, 1987, and resided in Hawkeye.  Don was involved in gardening, fishing, woodworking and enjoyed traveling with Hilda. He went to live at the Good Samaritan Home in West Union in the fall of  2005, and later Hilda joined him there in January 2008.  He was active with the Gideons and even while at the home.  Don loved the Lord and wanted others to know Him also as their Lord and Savior.

            Don passed away at the Good Samaritan Home in West Union, Iowa, on March 28, 2012, at the age of 90.  Don was preceded in death by his wife Joyce; his parents, Will and Blanche Oelrich; sister, Vera Zech and an infant sister.

            Don is survived by his wife Hilda, West Union; his four children, Kenneth(Loyce) Fayette; Jerry, Lamont; Judy(Gary) Hansen, Estherville;  and James(Linda) Strawberry Point; Hilda’s children; Sally(Glen) Boie, Hawkeye; Roger(Janice) Pleggenkuhle, Sumner; Linda(Dean) Fritz, Hawkeye; and Doyle(Cindy) Pleggenkuhle, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Fayette Community Church with Rev. Carl Tenney officiating. Interment will be at Cass Township Cemetery in Strawberry Point. Friends may call from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012, at the church in Fayette and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in his name to the Gideons. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette is in charge of arrangements. 


Jeff & Peggy on March 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.
Dave& Cheryl Hanson - Fayette on March 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM said:

Hilda, Ken and Sally and family-
We are greatly saddened by your loss. Don was a dedicated Gideon and a vibrant Christian. You will be in our thoughts and prayers-
Doyle Pleggenkuhle on March 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM said:

Don, we will miss you. You always were positive and
full of the joy of the Lord. Your example of patience in suffering and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ will be with me forever. Your step-son, Doyle Pleggenkuhle
Don & Mary Wendland on March 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM said:

Our condolences to Don's family and to Hilda and her family. When possible we always enjoyed visiting with Don.

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