Lee M. Oldenburg

HMSN onboard 1954-1958


Lee Oldenburg, photo courtesy of Charley Newbold Lee Oldenburg, photo courtesy of Charley Newbold
HMSN Lee M. Oldenburg


Sadly, RUSH Association Recruiter, Norman Porterfield received a letter from Lee Oldenburg's sister. The letter was dated July 11, 2006 and is quoted below:

I am Lee Oldenburg's sister and I found your name and address in Lee's address book which appears to have been kept current and up to date. Because of Lee's wide interests and the many aquaintances he made through them, we, his family, do not know the extent of his contacts and extended friendships, so I feel obligated to write this letter to let you know of Lee's passing.

On the afternoon of June 26 Lee was working at his church and he fell from a ladder. Within minutes the ambulance arrived and he was taken to a nearby hospital trauma unit. He was unconscious, had several broken ribs and some surface scrapes to his head. Lee had been taking the drug Coumadin, a blood thinner, for his irregular heartbeat, which contributed to a considerable blood loss. Lee was placed in intensive care and never regained consciousness. For three days the cat scans showed continued blelding in his brain and considerable damage to his brain stem which controls many bodily functions including breathing. The doctors did not give us any hope of recovery and the decision was made to end life support on Thursday, June 29. Lee passed quietly in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 1, 2006.

We ask that you remember Lee for the great guy that he was, always active and upbeat, passionate about his player piano and his love of pipe organs and many different types of music, enthusiastic about antique tractors and farm implements, steam engines, trains and fire engines, eager to share his collections and knowledge of their workings, his always attentive ways, never saying an unkind word, always helpful, quick to laugh and joke, and always supportive of his family and friends. He had a very loving and supporting church family and he will be sorely missed at his church and by all who knew and loved him.


Correspondence may be directed to: Merle Gruber, 1020 N 79th, Lincoln, NE 68505 or to: Kathy Kohl, 1102 Parkhill Dr., Ogallala, NE 69153.

The following was published in the Lincoln, Nebraska Journal Star from July 2 through July 4, 2006:

Lee M. Oldenburg, 71, Lincoln, died Saturday (7/1/2006). Custodian, Friedens Lutheran Church. Member: Friedens Luthern Church; 20-year member, American Legion Post 3. Firefighter, city of Lincoln, 1960-1962; Department of Defense Vallejo, Calif. Navy base, 1963-1985. Attended, Cresco Rural School District 52; District 110 Lancaster County School. Graduate, Northeast High School, 1953. U.S. Navy seaman, 1954-1958.

Survivors: stepmother, Moreen Pomajzi, Lincoln; sister, Mena Newman, Lincoln; brother, sister-in-law, Elwin and Karen Oldenburg, Lincoln; sisters, brothers-in-law, Merle and Jerry Gruber, Lincoln, Karen McCulley, Central City, Kathy and Jim Kohl, Ogallala; nieces; nephews; cousins. Preceded in death by: parents, Albert and Evelyn; sister, Faye Nolte.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Friedens Lutheran Church, Sixth and D Streets. No visitation; cremation. Memorials, in lieu of flowers: Church. Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street.

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