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Dick Ortmann

Richard "Dick" Ortmann, 75, of Windom, Minn., passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He was born Jan. 13, 1934, in Remsen, Iowa, to John Henry and Eleanor (Bohnencamp) Ortmann. He was baptized in January 1934 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen and was later confirmed in that same church in 1947. He received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen and remained in Remsen until 1954 working at Bob's IGA.

On June 8, 1954, he married Colleen Marie Freking at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens, Iowa. This marriage was blessed with seven children: Gary, Ken, Jeanine, Dan, Ann, Tim and Mike. After marriage, he and Colleen lived in Le Mars, Iowa, where he worked for Bud's Super-Valu and then at Swanson's Foods as a meat cutter. In 1959, they moved to Windom where he worked for Swanson's Foods, Hy-Vee, Ronnie's Jack and Jill, Gordy's and finally Sunshine Foods all as a meat cutter. He retired in October 2007, after 58 years as a meat cutter.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, April 22, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with the Rev. Andrew Olsem officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery in Windom. The LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to:

Survivors include his loving wife of 54, Colleen Ortmann of Windom; seven children, Gary (Lynn) Ortmann of Marshall, Minn., Ken (Nancy) Ortmann of Marshall, Jeanine (Matt) Hiller of Sioux Falls, S.D., Dan (Linda) Ortmann of Windom, Ann (Gary) Arendt of Sioux Falls, Tim (Ellie) Ortmann of Buffalo, Minn., and Mike Ortmann of Wadena; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters and four brothers, Betty (Clifford) O'Toole of Tyler; Rita Smith of Lisbon, Iowa, Paul Ortmann of Lisbon, Bob (Sally) Ortmann of Remsen, Iowa, Jerry (Nancy) Ortmann of Lisbon, Jack (Cheryl) Ortmann of Palo, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Irene Ortmann of Remsen, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.