Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.
Oscar Leonard Sundblad, the son of Gustav Robert and Josephine Teckla Headvig (Anderson) Sundblad, was born on a farm four miles northwest of Larabee, in Cherokee County, on March 25, 1909. He lived his youth there and began his education in a one-room schoolhouse for the first five grades. Oscar received the remainder of his education at the Larabee Consolidated School until he was old enough to help with the work on the farm, which was customary at that time. In 1933, he moved with his parents to a farm near Sioux Rapids. Oscar had younger brothers to help with the farm work so he began a trucking business which he enjoyed very much.
On June 28, 1936, Oscar was united in marriage to Nellie C. Halverson at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids and to this union two daughters were born: Corlyss Joanne and Janice Eileen. A few years later, Oscar and Nellie welcomed a 5-year-old boy into their family through adoption and named him John Oscar. Following their marriage, they farmed for 10 years before moving into Sioux Rapids. Oscar then worked for an implement business for a period of time before returning to the trucking business. He was asked by the Case Implement dealership to open that business which he later sold.
From that time on, Oscar bought and sold hogs along with his trucking business. The city fathers approached Oscar about running for mayor of Sioux Rapids. He was elected and held that office for 10 years along with holding mayor's court for six of those years. In 2007, when Nellie needed more assistance, they moved to Riverview Assisted Living Residence in Spencer. The Sioux Rapids community will always honor and remember Oscar for organizing the Tall Corn Days Parade for many years and also for his establishing the ambulance service for the community. Following his retirement, Oscar was a very active member of the Sioux Rapids Historical Society. Everyone who knew Oscar will have the memory of him enjoying Casey's coffee and doughnuts twice a day.
Oscar was a very active member of First Lutheran Church of Sioux Rapids. After his retirement in 1973, he served as the church custodian for the next 22 years. Oscar felt he never quit learning, even after his formal education, and he also felt he was never too old to learn.
Oscar's life is honored and celebrated by his family which include his children: Corlyss Richards of Columbus, Ohio; Eileen McDeid and her special friend, Ron Paasch, of Clinton; John and Ellen Sundblad of Polk City; his grandchildren: Kimberly Sundblad; Jay Richards and his special friend, Barb DeLorme; Bryce and Gina McDeid and Rowan and Danette McDeid; his great-grandchildren: Kelsi, David, Logan, and Quinn McDeid and Ian and Sawyer McDeid; a great-great grandson, Ryan Anderson; three sisters-in-law: Barbara Halverson, Helen Anderson, and Irma Halverson; a brother-in-law, Norman (Jean) Halverson; nieces; nephews; other extended family and his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nellie, on Sept. 21, 2009; his grandson, Blake Richards; his son-in-law, Harvey Richards; four brothers: Carl (Julia) Sundblad; Walter (June) Sundblad; George (June) Sundblad; and Elmer (Dorothy) Sundblad; and two sisters, Florence (Vernal) Anderson and Esther (Clarence) Larson.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials may be designated to the Sioux Rapids Historical Society, First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, or Okoboji Bible Camp.