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Claude W. Oehme
(December 22, 1916 - July 13, 2012)

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Claude W. Oehme

Claude W. Oehme, Sr., 95, of Pittsburg, passed away at 1:33 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012, at Via Christi Hospital. He was born December 22, 1916, at Pittsburg, to Otto “Dutch” H. and Cornelia Biggs Oehme. He attended Pittsburg schools and graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1934. Mr. Oehme served in the U.S. Navy in 1943, during World War II, and was stationed in Fairgot, Idaho, Woodbee Island, Wash., and Banna River, Fla. He attended bombardier school in Illinois. His military service ended in 1946 and he returned to Pittsburg. On October 31, 1937, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Finn, they later divorced. He then married Betty Cooper on February 20, 1975 at Miami, OK. She survives of the home Mr. Oehme was an owner, with his brothers, of the Oehme Brothers Masonry Construction. His accomplishments include being the builder of Timmons Chapel, Pittsburg State University, Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center, Axe Library at PSU and the Field House. He was a member of the Brick Layers Union Local No. 4 and served as president for 20 years, Rob Morris Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Pittsburg, and Electa Chapter in Girard, Mirza Shrine, Fort Scott Scottish Rite, Knights Templar and the Masonic Blue Lodge. Mr. Oehme is survived by his wife of the home, a son, Claude “Bill” Oehme Jr., and his wife Barbara of Pittsburg, KS; a step son, Ernest Bell and his wife Kim of Indianapolis, IN; a step daughter Sheila Buckallew and her husband Warren of House Springs, MO; a sister, Ruth Shock of Frontenac; five grandchildren, Billie Jo Schmidtke of Crete, IL, Tonisha Maus of High Ridge, MO, Melissa Castillo of Berteram, TX, Machelle Hartje of Carl Junction, MO, and David Bell of Campy, IN; and nine great grandchildren Tyler Maus, Cordell Maus, Justin Schmidke, Connor Castillo, Paije Hartje, Miranda Castillo, Noah Hartje, Julianna Bell, and Jacey Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, David Oehme, three brothers, Carl Oehme, Charlie Oehme, and Pete Oehme, a sister, Clytia Alumbaugh, and a grandson Chad Oehme. A service for Mr. Oehme will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Brenner Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, where the Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No. 64 of Pittsburg will conduct a flag folding ceremony. Masonic rites will be recited by the Blue Lodge 187 at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Brenner Mortuary. The family will receive friends following the Masonic services until 8:00 p.m. The family suggests memorials to the Eastern Star and/or the Masonic Center. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Online condolences may be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

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