Obit: Botnen, Olaf (1903 - 1963)


Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Botnen, Rognle, Woodford, Elmhorst, Trimberger, Counsell, Haas, Wendt, Hagen, Christie, Vanderwart, Avery, Cain,  Dickie, Selves, Fox, Wahlberg, Abrahamson, Buckman, Rutkowski, Fradenburg, Dahl, Keuer, Sternitzky, Lemke, Voigt, Flitter, Warlum, Albrecht, Medicke, Stucki, Tibbett, Johnson, Meier, Wall, Scott, Todd, Kutsche, Schultz, Brown, Koehler


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) July 11, 1963


Botnen, Olaf (27 April 1903 - 6 July 1963)


Details about the accident were omitted on my copy, so will start here - Mrs. Todd telephoned Memorial Hospital in Neillsville for an ambulance.  Mr. Todd in turn telephoned the county traffic department to notify them of the accident.


The investigation was made by Sheriff Ray Kutsche, Officer Dale Schultz and Deputy Coroner Walter Brown of Neillsville.


Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the United Church of Christ. The Rev. W. C. Koehler officiated.  Burial was made in the Neillsville City Cemetery. 


Mr. Botnen was born April 27, 1903, in Norway, the son of the late Ole and Karen (Rognle) Botnen.  He came to the United States with his parents as a small child and received his education in Neillsville.  He had worked at the tinners’ trade since he was 14 years of age, with his father at Warlum’s, and later going into business for himself.


He was married on June 16, 1930, to the former Della Woodford in Winona, Minn.


Mr. Botnen is survived by his wife; three children, Dale of Placerville, Cal.; Mrs. Wendell (Bonnie) Elmhorst of Neillsville; and Mrs. Eugene (Karen) Trimberger of Antigo.  Other survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Victor (Mary) Counsell and Mrs. Joe (Olga) Haas, both of Neillsville; and Mrs. Harold (Ruth) Wendt of Owen. Six grandchildren also survive.


Funeral arrangements were made by the Georgas Funeral Home.


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) July 18, 1963


Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the United Church of Christ for Olaf Botnen, 60, of Neillsville, who was killed July 6, in a traffic accident. The Rev. W. C. Koehler officiated.  Burial was made in the Neillsville City Cemetery.


Pallbearers were: Gust Wahlberg, Elliot Warlum, Richard Albrecht, Warren Medicke, Henry Stucki, and Harry Flitter.  Honorary pallbearers were George and Richard Tibbett, Walter Johnson and Arthur Meier.


"Lead Kindly Light" and "An Evening Prayer" were sung by Ellis Wall, accompanied by Mrs. Jess W. Scott.


People from away here for the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Trimberger of Antigo; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Botnen and family of Placerville, Cal.; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hagen, Mr. and Mrs. John Christie of St. Paul, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wendt and Mrs. William Wendt of Owen; Mr. and Mrs. John Vanderwart, Nancy Avery, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Cain of Beloit; Mr. and Mrs. George Dickie, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Selves, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Fox, Black River Falls; B. W. Gust Wahlberg of Menomonie; Mrs. Lyle Abrahamson of Fairchild; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Buckman of Curtiss; Marlyn Rutkowski of Milwaukee; Archie Fradenburg of Humbird.


People from the Granton area were: Mrs. Erlin Dahl, Mrs. Les Keuer, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Trimberger and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sternitzky; and from Loyal were, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lemke; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Voigt of Milwaukee; Harry and John Flitter of St. Paul, Minn., and George E. Dickie of Rockford, Ill.



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