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Olhava, Jr., Anthony (1934 - 2017)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 9/24/2017 at 19:42:53

Name of deceased: Anthony Leo Olhava, Jr. (“Tony”)

Aged: 83 yrs, 5 mo, 29 days

Residence: Denison, IA

Born: March 11, 1934; Omaha, NE

Died: Sep. 9, 2017; Salem Lutheran Home, Elk Horn, IA

Funeral services: Friday, Sep. 15. 2017; St. John's Lutheran Church, Persia, IA; inurnment at Valley View Cemetery, Persia, IA

Survived by: Wife of 59 years, Renate Olhava of Denison, IA; children, Renona (spouse, Dennis) Crawford of Grinnell, IA, Douglas (spouse, Kimberly) Olhava of Garner, IA, and Heidee (spouse, Alan) Thompson of Coal Valley, IL; grandchildren, Christopher Wehr, Amanda Crawford, Josh (spouse, Suzanne) Olhava, Malissa Wehr, Jessica Crawford, Natasha Olhava, Lucas Crawford, Colby Olhava, Rebecca Crawford, and Theresa Crawford; great granddaughters Anna and Evelyn Olhava; sisters Gwen Riskowski of Omaha, NE; Pauline (Robert) Huebner of Council Bluffs, IA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Predeceased by: Parents, Anthony and Helen (nee Koopman) Olhava; son, Lee Anthony Olhava; granddaughter, Elizabeth Olhava; grandson, Isaac Anthony Crawford; sister, Anna Marie Downey; brothers-in-law, Norbert Downey and Phil Riskowski

Education: attended elementary and middle schools in Omaha, NE and Oregon, and then moved to Persia, IA and graduated from high school with the Class of 1954

Religious affiliation: no information provided

Military service: Drafted 1956, U. S. Army; served with the Triple AAA Unit, a missile tracking division

Marriage: Renate Schach; May 3, 1958; location not provided

Employment: Early in life, Tony helped his father on the farm and worked for Union Pacific Railroad before being drafted in 1956. After his military service, Tony farmed, raised cattle and hogs, and was active in many farm organizations. He and Renate took numerous trips to foreign countries to teach independent farming.

Hobbies/Interests: collecting coins; woodworking; tinkering with clocks; watching western movies and TV programs about history, a favorite subject of his

Sources: harlanonline.com; pauleyjones.com


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