Obituary for Ethel Oathoudt

Ethel  Oathoudt
Ethel Oathoudt, 98, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Allen Place in Atlantic.

Ethel Helen Caroline was born at her parent’s home on June 12, 1920, in rural Pottawattamie County, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Martha (Grulke) Brehmer. She was baptized on December 12, 1920, and later confirmed at the Peace Evangelical Church in Atlantic. Ethel attended rural school in Layton Township through the 8th grade and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1938. While she was in school she worked as a nanny and housekeeper for a local pastor’s family, and later worked at Dick and Janie’s Café in Atlantic.

On December 28, 1938, she married Robert “Bob” Oathoudt at the Peace Evangelical parsonage in Atlantic. The couple was blessed with five children, LeRoy, Jeanie, Dennis, Carol Sue and Debbie. The family lived in the Avoca and Wiota areas and farmed and raised chickens in the areas of Lewis, Walnut and Atlantic. While living in Avoca, Ethel worked at the Avoca hatchery and later at the canning factory in Atlantic for a short time before deciding the season had come to be a full-time homemaker and care for her family. In 1972, they moved to the west edge of Atlantic where she resided until 2010, when she moved to Allen Place.

Ethel was a member of the United Church of Christ, where she was an active member serving in any way she could. She was also a member of the ETC Neighbor Ladies Club and the Moose Lodge where she held many different offices. During her kids’ childhood she served as a 4-H Leader for many years. She knew her way around the kitchen; always making delicious meals and took time to pass those skills and recipes on to her children. Ethel spent as much time as she could outdoors, whether it was working in the orchard or tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. They took many adventures camping, including a trip to Las Vegas and drove their van across the United States, coast to coast. She looked forward to visits to their home on Lake Panorama. In her later years, she enjoyed playing BINGO, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Above all, Ethel loved her family and was quick to tell you how proud she was of her grandchildren.

Ethel is survived by her daughters, Jeanie McMullen of Atlantic, Carol Sue (Bob) Hogueison of Kimballton, and Debbie Metheny of Atlantic; daughter-in-law, Karen Oathoudt of Atlantic; grandchildren, Rhonda (Sam) Fager, Terry Oathoudt (Cindy), Krista (Brad) McDonald, John Oathoudt, Jason (Holly) Oathoudt, Joel (Sherri) Schlueter, Jill (Chris) Adams, Gabe (Lindsay) Hogueison, Hope Metheny (Darnell), and Stephanie (Josh) Waters ; great-grandchildren; Brian (Andrea) Fager, Brad Fager (Taylor), Kristi Wingert, Jake (Sheri) Karns, Joey Flathers, Matthew McDonald, Melissa McDonald, Brandon McDonald, Levi Oathoudt, Brian Oathoudt (Kyja), Caroline Oathoudt, Helen Oathoudt, Jake Oathoudt, Joey Oathoudt, Joaquin Wailes, Leighton Wailes, Jake Wailes, Brady Schlueter, Reid Schlueter, Clarie Schlueter, Brock Schlueter, Carson Adams, Denisyn Adams, Gunnar Hogueison, Maverick Waters, and Briar Waters; great-great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Nolan, Kaelyn, Emmett, Kylee, Brayden, Alexis, Deegan, Ty, Avah, and Emery, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Martha Brehmer; mother and father-in-law, Floyd Oathoudt and Marie Oathoudt Rohrer; husband, Robert Oathoudt; son, Dennis Oathoudt; infant son, LeRoy Oathoudt; son-in-law, William "Bill" McMullen, grandson, Patric Karl Nettz; and sisters, Hilda Nolte, Leona Sutton, Flossie Knop, Esther Hill, Helen Mae Chappell and Viola Nicolle.

Open visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. until time of family visitation on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Roland Funeral Home. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Roland Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the United Church of Christ in Atlantic. Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to the family for designation at a later date.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Ethel’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Ethel Oathoudt

June 12, 1920 - Rural Pottawattamie County, Iowa

June 14, 2018 - Atlantic, Iowa

At the age of
98 years & 2 days

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018
United Church of Christ - Atlantic, Iowa

Lay Pastor Marsha Borders

“What A Friend We Have in Jesus”
“Amazing Grace”
“Borning Cry”
“Oh Jesus, I Have Promised”
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”
“In The Garden”

Terry Oathoudt
John Oathoudt
Krista McDonald
Jason Oathoudt
Joel Schlueter
Jill Adams
Hope Metheny
Stephanie Waters

Larry and Mary Reimer
Janice Petersen

Atlantic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa

The family invites you to join them for lunch in the
fellowship hall following services at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family for designation at a later date.

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