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Bill Almstrum, 88 - August 24, 2014

Billy “Bill” Harrison Almstrum, 88, of Arizona, formerly of Oakdale and Sidney, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
Almstrum was born July 1, 1927, near Oakdale to Bror Hjalmer (Bill Harrison) Almstrum, a Swedish immigrant, and Judith Ruth Marie Nilson Almstrum, the daughter of Swedish immigrants.
Services will be conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Friday, Sept. 11, at 12 p.m. Interment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
A visitation will take place at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Friday prior to services from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
As a young man, Almstrum helped his parents on their farm, studied hard and did well in school and sports. After graduating as valedictorian of the Class of 1944 at Oakdale High School, he decided to remain on the farm rather than attending college.
In 1951, he responded to the call to serve his country by entering the Army, spending 18 months in Korea during the war.
He married Lucille Alice Oman on March 5, 1953, building a life with her on the family farm south of Oakdale.
In 1960, after a farm sale, Almstrum moved his family to Sidney.
He was employed at a variety of jobs ranging from construction to being a guard at the Sioux Army Depot near Sidney. He took the Civil Service exam and began working his way up through the Civil Service grades. When the Sioux Army Depot was deactivated in 1967, he transferred to Fort Huachuca, where he continued his Civil Service career as a budget analyst, retiring in 1988. The family resided at Sierra Vista, AZ.
Almstrum was a creative man, the family said, who was willing to tackle any project including car repair, home repair, building beautiful pieces of furniture and creating grandfather clocks from kits. His dry wit and love of funny jokes made for fun times at the dinner table, according to family.
?He was devoted to his extended family and traveled frequently over the years to visit parents, siblings, children’s families, other relatives and friends, visiting destinations all over the United States and several European countries. He was especially excited to have the opportunity to meet his Aunt Swea in the “Old Country” in Sweden and explore the area where his father had been born and where his paternal grandparents had lived.
Almstrum was a man of steady faith, family said. For many years his family attended the United Methodist Church in Huachuca City, AZ. He was especially proud of a two-story addition he and other church members built on that building as an extension to the original church structure.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Lucille Alice Oman Almstrum; his parents; two sisters—Lillian and Alma.
Survivors include: his three children—Vicki Almstrum (Torgny Stadler), Vangi (Patrick) McCoy and Blaine (Danielle) Almstrum; eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; his sister, Lylia Andrews; a dear friend of many decades, Betty Linneas; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.