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Harvey Ortman

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Harvey Ortman

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Harvey V. Ortman, age 95, of Bennington, Neb., formerly of Marion, S.D., moved to his final Heavenly home on May 10, 2019. 

Preceding him in this journey and waiting to greet him are his parents, Andrew and Rose Ortman; his infant brother, Wallace; brothers: Marvin, Alvin and LeRoy; grandsons James and Stuart Berry; and in-laws: Edna May Ortman, Arlyss Ortman, Arnold Becker, Sally Kaufman, Lawrence Kaufman and Loretta Kaufman. 

Looking forward to seeing him again are his wife, Lorraine; children: Ken (Sheila), Dona Yankey (David), Dennis (Marlis), Doris Berry (Daniel), Rita Little (Sylvester), Faye Schmidt (Steve) and Loren (Julie); 37 grandchildren; 32/33(?) great-grandchildren and 1/2(?) great-great-grandchildren, give or take a few. It’s kind of hard to keep track. Also mourning his passing, but rejoicing in the hope of seeing him again, is his favorite sister, Edna Becker, along with in-laws: Maynard and Barbara Kaufman, John and Alice Suderman, Larry and Anette Eisenbeis, Lorene Kaufman, Roy Kaufman and many other nieces, nephews and friends. 

Harvey was born and grew up in the farming community of Marion, where he spent his life from early on helping others, helping his community and farming. With him on this journey from age 23 to the present was his wife, Lorraine (Kaufman), whom he married on June 5, 1947, and together they celebrated almost 72 years of marriage. Harvey and Lorraine not only farmed successfully, but also raised a family of seven children and taught them the ways of the Lord. Their children and spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren have been blessed because of their example. During the last three years of his life, Harvey, along with Lorraine, moved to Bennington to an assisted living facility to be closer to their children living in the Omaha, Neb. area. 

To remember and celebrate Harvey’s life here on earth, there will be a memorial service open to the public at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Marion (approximately 3 miles west of Marion) on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. Memorials are suggested to LUC Ranch, 296 Boys Ranch Road, Lampe, MO 65681. Cards can be sent to Lorraine Ortman, 12221 North 149th Circle, Bennington, NE 68007.