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Wesley Conrad Ohman

October 20, 1926 — April 3, 2016

Wesley C. Ohman age 89 of Detroit Lakes, MN died April 3, 2016 at the Ecumen - Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN. Wesley Conrad Ohman was born south of Audubon, MN on October 20, 1926 to Conrad and Gladys (Johnson) Ohman. He spent his childhood years in southern Becker and northern Otter Tail counties and attended country schools in that area. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Navy to defend his country. He served in the Pacific theatre aboard the USS Olmsted, an attack transport ship. After the conclusion of World War II he returned to Detroit Lakes. On February 28, 1948 he married Dolores Coons at the First Methodist Church. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, he was recalled to serve his country and served state side. Upon completion of his tour of duty he again returned to Detroit Lakes and worked for the Minnesota Conservation Department at the fish hatchery on Lake Sallie. In 1956 he went to work for Council 6 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In 1968 he accepted a position with the St. Paul Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and he and his family relocated to St. Paul, MN. He served as the Chapter’s executive director until his retirement in 1986. During his career with NECA he was noted for his exemplary abilities in the area of labor relations, and for his efforts he was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of Electrical Contracting, the highest singular honor anyone in the association can achieve. After his retirement, he lived in the St. Paul area until 2002, when he and Dolores moved to Audubon, MN. He continued to live there until 2014 when he moved to the Madison at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes. He was very active in the United Methodist Church, Stephen Ministries, and enjoyed golf, fishing and quality time spent with family and friends. He is survived by a brother, Darrell Ohman of Moorhead, MN; son Jeff Ohman of Cottage Grove, MN; daughters, Candace (Dennis) Romanini, of Twinsburg, OH; and Diane Hughes of Detroit Lakes, MN; grandchildren, Allison (Lonnie) Hadden, Andrea Romanini (fiance, Reggie Langhorne), Joseph Romanini, Marissa (Kristopher) Kelly, Peter (Sara) Ohman; great grandchildren, Ava and Emma Hadden and Caroline and Theodore Ohman, and his beloved cat Missy. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores; and sister Lois Ohman. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, the VFW and the American Legion.
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