Oscar Pfeiffer, 87 - November 20, 2012Oscar Wayne Pfeiffer, 87, of Eustis passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Elwood Care Center.
Services will take place on Monday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis with the Rev. Beverly Rautenberg-Panko officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be conducted at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
A visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis.
Pfeiffer was born Jan. 28, 1925, at rural Frontier County to Oscar John and Edna Helen (Boss) Pfeiffer. He attended rural school in Frontier County before attending Salem parochial school.
In April of 1943, Pfeiffer enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps and faithfully served his country during World War II. While in service, he was stationed at India and Burma as a medic, and served as a medic throughout the war, concluding his service in China.
Following his discharge, Pfeiffer returned to the Salem area, where he farmed.
On Oct. 5, 1947, he married Inez Mae Peterson at Holdrege. To this union, three children were born. The couple made their home at, in and around the Frontier and Gosper County areas for a number of years, where he assisted local farmers, and also farmed on his own for a number of years.
In the early 1960’s, he managed the Eustis Coop, which ultimately led to him managing Bartley, Cozad and Farnam, at different times. He retired from the Coop in the early 1980s.
In later years, he enjoyed working at Elwood Care Center in the kitchen and eventually the Village Pie Maker in Eustis.
In 2009, Pfeiffer took part in the Dawson County Hero Flight to Washington D.C. with his son, Dennis, which was a moment that he was immensely proud of, said family members.
Pfeiffer was a tinkerer all his life, and in later years, he enjoyed making birdhouses out of license plates. He also loved spending time canning with his wife, and he especially enjoyed being around his family, according to family members.
His personality was one that would brighten anyone’s day, the family said. He was a genuine person and always had a smile on his face no matter how bad his day was, and will always be remembered as a true gentleman.
Pfeiffer was a member of Salem Lutheran Church before becoming a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in 1962. He held various offices on the church council and taught Sunday school for seventh and eighth grades for a number of years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a 60-year member of the American Legion where he was active in Eustis for several years. He also served as a volunteer on the Eustis Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Oscar John and Edna; his wife, Inez in 2005; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ford V. and Alpha M. Peterson; a brother, Bryce (Ida Lou) Pfeiffer; brother-in-law, Dale Peterson; two sisters-in-law—Phyllis Lind and Jean Pfeiffer; a great-granddaughter, Alicyn Hosick; nephew, Tyler Pfeiffer.
Survivors include: his two sons—Dennis (Sheila) Pfeiffer of Wauneta and Dan (Sharon) Pfeiffer of Gothenburg; his daughter, Cathy (Joe) Babcock of Columbus, OH; special companion, Pauline Christensen of Elwood; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers—Robert (Dot) Pfeiffer of Dunbar and William (Berdina) Pfeiffer of Ralston; two brothers-in-law—Don Lind of Holdrege and Dean (Anita) Peterson of Thousand Oaks, CA; two sisters-in-law—Carmen (Ralph) Bork of LaHabra, CA, and Mary Peterson of Gering; numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established.
Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad is in charge of arrangements.