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John B. Oellien, 90, of Osage, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at Diamond Willow in Detroit Lakes.

John Bernard Oellien was born Nov. 8, 1923 near Canby to John and Jennie (Benson) Oellien. He was raised and educated near Canby and then joined his father on the family farm.

John was united in marriage to Mary A. Jackson Nov. 29, 1944 at Garfield Lutheran Church in rural Madison. They farmed near Canby until 1967 when they moved to rural Osage.

John held a number of jobs including many years with the Noeske Lumber Company. In his later years, he mowed the grass at the wayside rest area for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

John enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing reading and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Osage; son, Carl (Mary) of Detroit Lakes; daughter, Linda (Daniel) Hanson of Park Rapids;, five grandchildren, Edward, Ken, Luke, Thomas, Ginger; five great-grandchildren, Mayson, Tristan, Tiffany, Josh, Abby; and great-great grandson, Anthony.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Annie; five brothers, Ted, Orville, Martin, Clarence, Edward; and sister, Genevieve.

Celebration of John's life: 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, Rev. Sara Jensen will officiate.

Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment: Riverside Osage Cemetery in Osage.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Leave online condolences at