Harvey Henry John Dettmer (1923 - 2014)



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Father: William "Bill" Dettmer
Mother: Hattie (Kirchoff) Dettmer
Siblings: Elmer Dietrich Friedrich Dettmer , Vernon Richard Dettmer, and Arthur Dettmer

Wife: Myldred (Kuenning) Dettmer
Children with Myldred: Robert Dettmer and Sandy (Dettmer) Trehearn


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1923 - In the year that Harvey Henry John Dettmer was born, 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.

1954 - He was 31 years old when from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

1968 - He was 45 years old when on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

1980 - He was 57 years old when on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

1988 - At the age of 65 years old, Harvey Henry was alive when on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

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Harvey Henry John Dettmer was born November 12, 1923, to William and Hattie (Kirchhoff) Dettmer, and raised on a farm in Cass County. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church, where he was also confirmed as a young boy.

On June 2, 1943, he married Myldred Kuenning and two children were blessed to this marriage, Robert and Sandy.

His love of farming started at the age of 14, when he began working for John Mohr, farming with horses making a $1.00 a day.

His passion for farming over the years led him to help raise turkeys for a short time and haul livestock for farmers all over southeast Nebraska. He loved to tell how when he was younger and with the use of horses, he could pick enough corn by hand to fill two wagons a day. In the late 40’s he got his first tractor, a Ford with steel wheels. He also sold seed corn and that adventure got him and Myldred a trip to Hawaii and also a cruise to the Panama Canal. He continued to farm with his John Deere until 1998, when they had a farm sale and moved to town.

He was proud of his 25 years spent as a 4-H leader for the North Branch Ranchero’s, where many members would be in the Champion arena with their animals. He continued to serve as a resource leader for another 25 years all because of his love for the kids, animals and the Otoe County Fair.

Once they moved to town, Harvey continued to haul livestock with his red pickup and his aluminum trailer. He retired from hauling, and turned his talents to woodworking, making many treasures for family and friends.

His love of always being on the go and spending time visiting friends and family kept him happy. Harvey knew everybody and everybody seemed to know Harvey. He will be greatly missed.

Harvey is survived by his Wife: Myldred of Lincoln; Son: Robert of Talmage; Daughter: Sandy Trehearn of Fremont; Granddaughters: Peg (Dave) Slagle of Lincoln, Stacy (Josh) Shide of Kansas City, KS, Amy (John) Jacquat of Erie, CO, Lisa (Mike) Gibson of Sioux Falls, SD; Great Grandchildren: Cami Kopetka, Jaidyn Shide, Elena, M.J. & Anna Jacquat, Tyler & Harper Gibson; Sister-in-law: Donna Belle Dettmer, Erma Siemers, Betty Wallen, Arvilla Noerrlinger; Brothers-in-law: Wilbert & Harold Kuenning; God Sons: Mike Wohlers & Steve Dettmer; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, brothers: Elmer, Vernon & Arthur; 4 brothers-in-law, 2 sisters-in-law.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday October 20 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church (North Branch). Burial will be at the First Lutheran Cemetery (North Branch).

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 A.M. until 9 P.M. and Sunday from 9 A.M. until 9 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4-6 P.M. at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials in Lieu of Flowers to First Lutheran Church (North Branch) or Otoe County 4-H Program.

Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE 402-269-2441

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Uncle Harvey liked making folk art "Dettmer" projects. He also enjoyed telling stories about his childhood and watching cattle auctions on TV.
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