Harvey Henry John Dettmer (1923 - 2014)

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Harvey Henry John Dettmer
1923 - 2014
updated February 06, 2019
Harvey Henry John Dettmer, father to 2 children, was born on November 12, 1923. He was born to William "Bill" Dettmer and Hattie (Kirchoff) Dettmer, with siblings Elmer Dietrich, Vernon, and Arthur. He married Myldred Kuenning, and they gave birth to Robert Dettmer and Sandy (Dettmer) Trehearn. Harvey Henry died on October 14, 2014 at age 90.


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



Harvey Henry John Dettmer & Myldred (Kuenning) Dettmer

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Myldred (Kuenning) Dettmer
Jul 3, 1925 - Oct 18, 2017



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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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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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In 1923, in the year that Harvey Henry John Dettmer was born, on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died in office, apparently of a heart attack. He was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco after completing a nationwide tour. Suffering from cramps, indigestion, a fever and shortness of breath, his doctor thought he had food poisoning. After several days of being ill, he suddenly shuddered, slumped over, and died. There were rumors of foul play (some thought that his wife had poisoned him because of his affairs) but no evidence has ever been found.

In 1935, at the age of only 12 years old, Harvey Henry was alive when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1941, Harvey Henry was 18 years old when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1952, Harvey Henry was 29 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1981, at the age of 58 years old, Harvey Henry was alive when on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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