Ewald G. Ohlde, 75, of Palmer, Kan., died December 20, 2018 at the Washington County Hospital in Washington, Kan. The family received friends Friday, December 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Palmer. Funeral service was 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Palmer. Pastor David Gruoner officiated. Sheila Stuenkel was organist and the congregation sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art." Pallbearers were Jay Bisping, Matt Barnes, Coltyn Popp, Nathan Mall, Ryan Barnes, Alex Goeckel and Lonny Bisping. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Mall, Logan Mall, Kylie Mall, Macy Ohlde, Ellie Ohlde, Nicole Goeckel, Madison Ohlde and Elizabeth Ohlde. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Ewald was born September 9, 1943 in the British Zone of Germany and came to the United States on the ship Manifest on September 6, 1950 to an orphanage in Winfield, Kansas. He was adopted by Alvin and Elda (Hesterberg) Ohlde on April 7, 1952. He graduated in 1963 from Linn High School and entered the Army in 1964. Ewald took his basic at Ft. Leonardwood, MO and was stationed at Killeen, TX. On November 22, 1964, he was united in marriage to JoAnn Bisping at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville. When he was discharged from the Army, they returned to the family farm and Ewald farmed with his dad. Ewald drove a school bus for Linn Lutheran and USD 223 for 37 years. He was on the hospital board, was a church officer and 4-H leader. He was an Oliver tractor enthusiast, enjoyed visiting at all the local coffee shops and attending auctions. In his earlier years, he enjoyed participating in tractor pulls. Preceding him in death were his parents. Survivors include his wife, JoAnn; children, Tamera (John Charbonneau) Barnes, Clyde, Pamela (Dan) Popp, Gardner, John (Lori) Ohlde, Fairbury, NE, Jeanette (Brad) Mall, DeSoto; twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial Fund: Established to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Washington County Hospital. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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