OBITUARY OF OLA M. MELEEN
The community was called upon to lose one of its most highly esteemed
citizens when O. M. Meleen passed away at his home one and one
half miles north of Kiron on Monday afternoon Sept. 29, 1930 at
5:15 following a period of about three years of failing health.
The beginning of his illness was from paralytic stroke. He was
still able to be up and about although confined to his home the
latter two years and the last weeks to his bed. He was a patient
sufferer and was always cheerful and glad to meet his friends.
During his illness he was tenderly cared for by his faithful wife,
his son and his daughter-in-law.
Ola M. Meleen was born in Horja Parish, Skane Sweden in 1852 and
immigrated to this country in 1873. Two years later he visited
the homeland and when he returned with a number of other immigrants
he come to this community and in 1880 he purchased a tract of
land which has since been their homestead. He was on of the sturdy
pioneers, who helped build up this community. When he began to
work his land it was wild virgin prairie.. After a number of years
spent on his farm he rented the land and moved to Omaha where
he worked at the carpenter trade. From Omaha he moved to Odebolt
where he lived until 1909 when he moved to the farm which has
since been his home.
He was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Larson in 1882 and this
union was blest with three sons, Vernie, Jubel and George. Jubel
and George having preceded their father in death.
He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, son Vernie and his wife,
a sister, Mrs. Claus Gottneid of Omaha, a brother, John M. Meleen
of California and a number of other relatives besides a host of
friends. He had attained the age of 78 years, 5 months and 4 days
at the time of his death.
Mr. Meleen was a faithful member of the Baptist church of Kiron
and a generous supporter of the work. He was of a gentle and peaceful
disposition and a trustworthy neighbor and friend.
Funeral services were held at the home and the Baptist church
Thursday afternoon by Rev. G. Carlson assisted by Rev. Eric Anderson.
Special singing was rendered and the many floral tributes spoke
of the deep respect for the departed.
The pall bearers were C. R. Gibson, Edd H. Johnson, Iver Sundell,
Emil Lundell, Geo. Lindstrom and Oscar Danielson. Interment was
made in the Odebolt cemetery.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and
Mrs. Claus Gottschneid, S. J. Gottneid, Mrs. Elmer Lindstedt,
Mrs. Mabel Carlson and son, Marlin, Mrs. Earl Stone of Omaha;
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Anderson and Raymond and Elnore, Mrs. Alfred
Anderson of Hinton; Mrs. Josephine Johnson and Robert, The Everett
Lundberg family of Lawton; Mrs. Mary Larson and Ruth of Albert
Lea; Mr. and Mrs. J. Larson of Hawarden and Mrs. J. P. Larson
of Bristow, Neb.
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