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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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