ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Oliver Wendel Aasby, 94, a former longtime Estherville resident, will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Travis Rosinger officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Union State Line Cemetery in rural Petersburg, Minn. with military rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion 91 of Estherville.
He peacefully passed through Heaven's gates on May 19, 2013, at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac, Wis. He was surrounded by loving family members and friends.
Oliver, son of Albert and Marie (Guge) Aasby, was born on Sept. 8, 1918, in Jackson County, Minn., near Petersburg, Minn. He lived on the Aasby family homestead until he was 2 when his father passed away. Following his father's passing, he along with his mother and sister lived on the Guge family farm until they moved to Petersburg. They resided in Petersburg for a number of years where he attended the Petersburg School until moving to Estherville as a young teenager with his mother and sister.
Oliver Wendel Aasby
On Feb. 15, 1942, Oliver was united in marriage with Vivian Mary Bunkofske in Swea City. They made their home in Estherville where they raised their four children. They lived in Estherville until they moved to Fond du Lac, Wis., in December of 2003, to be closer to children and grandchildren.
He served his country during World War II as an Army medic from 1943 to 1945.
He was employed as parts manager of the Chevrolet/Buick dealership in Estherville up until his retirement.
He was a charter member of the Calvary Gospel Assembly Church in Estherville where he faithfully served for many years as a church deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He played trombone in the church orchestra and often played his auto harp when he would sing with his wife, Vivian, his mother and sister. He loved gospel music but especially had a great affection for Southern gospel. He also ministered from the word and in song at local nursing homes for many years. His love for God was very evident by his involvement with his church and his love for people. God and his family are what brought great joy into his life.
Aside from his love of family, he loved his garden. He and his wife, Vivian, spent many years working side by side in their garden raising fruits and vegetables that they would can and share with family and friends. He also loved fishing with his children and his grandchildren and was always up to a challenging game of horseshoes.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 71 years, Vivian, of Fond du Lac, Wis.; his children, Muriel Liebelt and her husband, David, of Fond du Lac, Wendell Aasby and his wife, Joette, of Fond du Lac, Lorene Liebelt and her husband, Roger, of Arlington, Texas and Loren Aasby and his wife, Barb, of Tulsa, Okla.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Oliver was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Myrtle Farrand. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com