Oscar Pfeiffer - November 20, 2012
Oscar Wayne Pfeiffer, age 87, of Eustis, Neb., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Elwood Care Center.
Oscar was born on Jan. 28, 1925, at rural Frontier County to Oscar John and Edna Helen (Boss) Pfeiffer. He attended rural school in Frontier County before attending Salem parochial school.
In April of 1943, Oscar enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and faithfully served his country in WWII. While in the service Oscar was stationed in India and Burma as a medic throughout the war, and following its conclusion, he served in China. Following his discharge, Oscar returned to the Salem area, where he farmed.
On Oct. 5, 1947, he married Inez Mae Peterson at Holdrege, Neb. Their union was blessed with three children, Dennis, Cathy and Dan. The couple made their home at, in and around the Frontier and Gosper Counties for a number of years, where Oscar assisted local farmers, and also farmed on his own for a number of years.
In the early 1960s, Oscar took a job managing the Eustis Coop, which ultimately led to him managing the Bartley, Cozad and Farnam facilities at different times. Oscar retired from the Coop in the early 1980s.
In later years he enjoyed working at the Elwood Care Center in the kitchen and eventually the Village Pie Maker in Eustis.
In 2009, Oscar took part in the Dawson County Hero Flight to Washington, D.C. with his son, Dennis, which was a moment that Oscar was immensely proud of.
Oscar was a tinkerer all his life, and in later years he enjoyed making birdhouses out of license plates. He loved spending time canning with his wife, and he especially enjoyed being around his family.
Oscar’s personality was one that would brighten anyone’s day. He was a genuine person and always had a smile on his face no matter how bad his day was. Oscar will always be remembered as a true gentleman.
He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church before becoming a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in 1962. He held various offices on the church council and taught Sunday school for seventh and eighth graders for many years.
Oscar was a lifetime member of the VFW and a 60-year member of the American Legion in Eustis where he was active for many years. He also served as a volunteer on the Eustis Fire Department for several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Inez in 2005; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ford V. and Alpha M. Peterson; brother, Bryce Pfeiffer and wife Ida Lou; brother-in-law, Dale Peterson; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Lind and Jean Pfeiffer; great granddaughter, Alicyn Hosick; and nephew, Tyler Pfeiffer.
Oscar is survived by his two sons, Dennis (Sheila) Pfeiffer of Wauneta and Dan (Sharon) Pfeiffer of Gothenburg; a daughter, Cathy (Joe) Babcock of Columbus, Ohio; special companion, Pauline Christensen of Elwood; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Dot) Pfeiffer of Dunbar and William (Berdina) Pfeiffer of Ralston; two brothers-in-law, Don Lind of Holdrege and Dean (Anita) Peterson of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and two sisters-in-law, Carmen (Ralph) Bork of LaHabra, Calif., and Mary Peterson of Gering; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Services were held on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis with Pastor Beverly Rautenberg-Panko officiating. Burial with military honors was held in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
Visitation was held on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis.
A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.