Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer

(1919 - 2010)

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Elmer Dietrich Friedr Dettmer
1919 - 2010
Born
May 16, 1919
Avoca, Cass County, Nebraska
Death
January 16, 2010
Syracuse, Nebraska
Last Known Residence
Syracuse, Otoe County, Nebraska 68446
Summary
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.
Updated: August 15, 2019
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Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer
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Elmer Dietrich Friedr Dettmer
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Syracuse, Otoe County, Nebraska 68446
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Elmer Dietrich Dettmer was born on in Avoca, Cass County, Nebraska
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Elmer Dietrich Dettmer died on in Syracuse, Nebraska
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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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Childhood

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Lutheran

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

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

Personal Life

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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Parents:

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Nov 20, 1893 - Oct 17, 1979 1893 - 1979
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Nov 18, 1897 - Jun 7, 1976 1897 - 1976

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Nov 12, 1923 - Oct 14, 2014 1923 - 2014
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Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer & Norma Jean (Roos) Dettmer

Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer

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Nov 4, 1925 - Jan 14, 2005 1925 - 2005

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Dec 16, 1958 - Unknown 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, on January 6th, President Theodore Roosevelt died. Having gone to bed the previous night after being treated for breathing problems, the ex-President died in his sleep from a clot that had traveled to his lungs. He was 60. After a simple service, Roosevelt was buried on a hillside overlooking Oyster Bay.

In 1923, he was just 4 years old when on August 2nd, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States due to the sudden death of Warren G. Harding. After the scandals of the Harding presidency, Coolidge restored public confidence and was very popular. He won the Presidential election in 1924 but declined to run again in 1928.

In 1940, at the age of 21 years old, Elmer Dietrich was alive when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1957, he was 38 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1960, Elmer Dietrich was 41 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

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