Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer (1919 - 2010)

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Elmer Dietrich Friedr Dettmer
1919 - 2010
updated August 15, 2019
Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer , father to 1 child, was born on May 16, 1919 in Avoca, Nebraska. He was born to William "Bill" Dettmer and Hattie (Kirchoff) Dettmer, with siblings Harvey Henry, Vernon, and Arthur. He was baptized at First Lutheran (North Branch) Church, Avoca, Nebraska. Elmer Dietrich married Norma Roos, and they gave birth to Dee Ann (Dettmer) Young. He died on January 16, 2010 in Syracuse, Nebraska at 90 years of age.


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Elmer Dietrich Dettmer was born on in Avoca, Cass County, Nebraska


Elmer Dietrich Dettmer died on in Syracuse, Nebraska

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at First Lutheran (North Branch) Church, in Avoca, Cass County, Nebraska 68307

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Syracuse, Otoe County, Nebraska 68446


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Was a farmer and was in the construction business for 26 years.

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Volunteer at Otoe County Museum of Memories. Member of the Community Improvement Program. Served 15 years on the Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Syracuse Fitness Center. He was an auxiliary member of the Frank Woods Telephone Pioneers.

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William "Bill" Dettmer
Nov 20, 1893 - Oct 17, 1979
Hattie (Kirchoff) Dettmer
Nov 18, 1897 - Jun 7, 1976



Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer & Norma Jean (Roos) Dettmer

Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer


Norma Jean (Roos) Dettmer
Nov 4, 1925 - Jan 14, 2005


Dee Ann (Dettmer) Young
Born: Dec 16, 1958


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He was the eldest son of William and Hattie (Kirchhoff) Dettmer. He was baptized on June 8, 1919, at First Lutheran (North Branch) Church by Rev. Carl Luecke. He was confirmed on May 7, 1933, at the same church by Rev. Bergstraesser. Elmer was united in marriage to Norma Jean Roos on October 12, 1944. To this union one daughter, Dee Ann, was born on December 16, 1958. Elmer and Norma Jean celebrated 60 years together. Norma Jean joined her Lord on January 14, 2005. The first year of their married life, Elmer and Norma Jean farmed 41/2 miles north of Syracuse. Moving into Syracuse in 1946, Elmer then was in the construction business for 26 years. He had a serious accident and after over a year of recuperation, he became maintenance man at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse until his retirement in 1982. Elmer was a people person and enjoyed making new friends and visiting. He didn't know a stranger. A member of Luther Memorial Church, he was active in church and community work. For many years he assisted in teaching Sunday School, sponsoring Jr. Lutherans, helped with Girl Scouts, and various school activities. For 25 years he served as the town Santa Claus. His homemade outdoor Christmas scene was an attraction to the community for many years. He enjoyed his years working at the nursing home, brightening the day for the residents and bringing them some happiness. In 1980, he was named as the first recipient of the Jaycee outstanding community service award. Elmer was an avid traveler, covering all 50 states while camping and later on bus tours. He always looked forward to meeting new people on these travels. After retirement he became an active volunteer at the Otoe County Museum of Memories and also a member of the Community Improvement Program. He was a former member of the Syracuse Lions Club, served 15 years on the Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department, and a short time on the Syracuse Rescue Squad. In 1989 Elmer and Norma Jean were named as the recipients of the Community Service Award. He was a member of the Syracuse Fitness Center. Elmer and Norma Jean were King and Queen of Germanfest in 1990. He was an auxiliary member of the Frank Woods Telephone Pioneers. When health limited more activities, he enjoyed sitting in his outdoor swing watching the traffic on Highway 50, looking at the countryside, and helping with household chores. Since mid 2005, he enjoyed his residency at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse. He found great joy in singing, playing the bells, attending church services, listening to music, and visiting with family and friends. His relationship deepened greatly with his daughter, Dee; son-in-law, Wayne; and grandson, Barrett. Surviving are his daughter, Dee (Ann) and Wayne Young and grandson Barrett Young, all of Paola, Kansas; adopted family, the Jerry and Shirley Siefken families of Syracuse, Lincoln, and Omaha, Nebraska; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harvey and Myldred Dettmer, Donna Belle Dettmer, of Syracuse, and Vernon Dettmer, Avoca. He is preceded in death by a brother, Arthur; his wife, Norma Jean; and his parents.

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In 1919, in the year that Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer was born, in June, the Treaty of Versailles - officially ending World War I - was signed. The European Allies demanded "compensation by Germany for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air.” The requirement of compensation is seen by most as the reason for the collapse of the German economy and gave rise to the rule of Hitler.

In 1937, Elmer Dietrich was 18 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1951, at the age of 32 years old, Elmer Dietrich was alive when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1989, at the age of 70 years old, Elmer Dietrich was alive when on January 20th, George Herbert Walker Bush became the 41st President of the United States. Previously Ronald Regan's Vice President, he ran against Michael Dukakis and won the popular vote by 53.4% to 45.6%.

In 1992, at the age of 73 years old, Elmer Dietrich was alive when on April 29th, riots began in Los Angeles after the "Rodney King" verdict was issued. Four LAPD officers had been accused of using excessive force (assault) on African-American Rodney King, who had been stopped for drunk driving. The beating had been videotaped. Their acquittal sparked a 6 day riot in Los Angeles.

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