Following a courageous battle with cancer, Lester Olheiser passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 surrounded by his family at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson, N.D.
Published November 14, 2013
Funeral services for Lester 75, of Dickinson, N.D. were held Nov. 14, 2013 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dickinson with Father Kregg Hochhalter celebrating. Burial followed in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
Lester Alvin “Butch” was born June 11, 1938 in Dickinson, the son of John P. and Josephine (Horan) Olheiser. He grew up and attended school at St. Joseph’s, Dickinson, and Dickinson Central Schools. Following school, he began working for Cloverdale which later became Western Dairies.
Les married Martha Ficek July 18, 1955, and the couple was blessed with six children. He later began working for Burlington Northern Railroad where he proudly worked until his retirement. Martha passed away in 1997. Les later met Judy Polanchuk and they were married in 2002.
During retirement, Les served as a bus driver for Dickinson Public Schools. He lived his life to the fullest. Les rarely missed his daily trip to the West River Community Center. He enjoyed attending rodeos, hunting and fishing with his grandkids, and playing pinochle and bingo. He was also an avid Packer fan. Les never lost his sense of humor, no matter how difficult things got in life.
Lester was a member of St. Anthony Club and the Degree Team of German Hungarian.
Les is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Randy (Rena) Olheiser; daughters, Brenda Olheiser, Cindy (Ron) Koffler, Becky Olheiser, JoLin Peck all of Dickinson, and Sue (Tom) Schouweiler of Bismarck; step-children, Melanie (Troy) Hoff and Chris Skjelvik of Dickinson; 13 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren with one on the way and two step-grandchildren; brothers, Ronald (Bev) Olheiser of Dickinson, N.D. and John Olheiser of South Heart, N.D.; sisters, Josephine (Aron) Scheeler of Mott, N.D.; Shannon (Paul) Backer of Bismarck, N.D. and Janice (Kent) Lynne of New Leipzig, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John P. and Josephine Olheiser; wife, Martha; brother, Ted; sisters-in-law, Bernice and Georgianne; mother and father-in-law, Joe and Minnie Ficek; brothers-in-law, Wilfred and Richard.