Fay William Oltmann passed away peacefully Dec. 7, 2020, at the age of 85 while residing at the Anamosa Care Center. Due to the current health pandemic, private services will be held for the family Thursday, Dec. 10, at Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa. The Rev. Melody Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa.
Fay was born in Anamosa on Dec. 9,
1934, the son of William and Matie (Dirks) Oltmann. He graduated from Anamosa
High School in 1953. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country, stationed in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Iowa and attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant for a short time. On June 17, 1956, he married DonnaLee Marie First at the United Methodist Church in Anamosa. For a few years, he was employed as a machinist at Triple E Manufacturing in Marion and went on to retire from Souvenir Pen and Pencil in Cedar Rapids.
Fay was very creative and invented many things utilizing wood and iron. He displayed and sold his creations at area craft shows. Fay enjoyed spending time at home in his work shop and with his family and friends. Fay also spent time helping Donna with activities and events for Scouts, church groups and school. He spent many hours at Starlighters II Theater, building sets with his buddy Al Danielson. He enjoyed steamboat cruises and bus trips with Donna. He would also take off and travel the byways, visiting the small towns along the way. Fay was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna; a daughter, Julie (Jeff) Brown, Marion; a son, Ron Oltmann, Marion; a granddaughter, Mackenzie (Tommy) Behof, Cedar Rapids; a grandson, Parker Brown, Cedar Rapids; a great-grandson, Brooks Behof; a sister-in-law, Betty Gissel, Anamosa; a brother-in-law, Keith First, Anamosa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Pat Oltmann; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nadine and John Blythe, Margaret and Leo Bonjour; and May, his twin sister, and Bill Clark.
Memorials can be directed to Starlighters II Theater, the United Methodist Church or to the Jones Regional Medical Center.
The family wishes to thank the staffs of Above and Beyond Home Health Care and the Anamosa Care Center for the excellent care Fay received.