MILLER, SD – Joe Oligmueller, 89, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Paul Josten, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery. A prayer service and rosary will be 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 2, 2019 at St. Ann’s Church, Miller.
Jerome “Joe” Oligmueller was born September 21, 1929 to Herman and Rose (Koeck) Oligmueller in Hand County South Dakota along with this twin brother Herman Oligmueller, Jr. Joe was one of 10 children born to Herman and Rose. As a boy he attended rural Hand Co. schools and was family friends with the Grogan’s that had a daughter Sharon that was close with Joe’s sister Rose Mary. Joe worked around his parent’s farm in the York Township while attending St. Lawrence High School graduating in 1947.
In December of 1950 Joe joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. He served as an aircraft mechanic on the iconic P-51 Mustang and often spoke of how he knew every bolt and rivet on the aircraft and could have the plane back in the air just as fast as they could stop the engine.
In 1953 he married his childhood friend Sharon J. Grogan and was discharged from his service in December that year. While in Seattle, Washington Joe took a position with Boeing Company. At the time, he was working in the experimental department for a new bomber known as the B-52 Stratofortress; still flown by the U.S. Air force today. There they had their first two sons Jerome “Jerry” and Greg.
In 1955 Joe and Sharon moved back to a farm North of Miller where they had two more sons, Brad and Dan. They farmed and raised cattle on the same farm until 1993 when Joe and Sharon “retired” moving to Miller in a home next to Crystal Park.
Joe was an active member of his parish at St. Ann’s Catholic Church and in the Miller community service on various Boards including the American Legion, Miller Country Club, the Florence Township, Propane Co-op, Dakota Ag, Hand Co. Livestock and Crop Improvement, Hand Co. Extension, and St. Lawrence Grain Storage ltd. He was an active knight of the 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus at St. Ann’s Parish.
Joe continued to work the farm and drive implements up through the farm auction in 2016. Even the sale didn’t stop him from climbing into a tractor and he could be found planting and tinkering well after that.
Joe is survived by his wife Sharon of 66 years; their four sons: Jerry (Jim) Redfield SD, Greg (Sue) Houston TX, Brad (Nancy) Rapid City SD, and Dan (Suzy) Colorado Spring CO; two brothers Duane and Fred (Beverly); four sisters: Mary, Helen, Donna, Joyce; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Preceding in death are his parents Herman and Rose; brothers: Herman Jr. and William; and sister Rose Mary.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Joe’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net