Francis Olan Wallin - May 01, 2014
Francis Olan Wallin was born in a sod house in Phillips County, Colo., on July 14, 1912, and passed away on April 23, 2014, at the age of 101 years.
In 1917 the family moved to the Chase County homestead, 12 miles west of Imperial, Neb. Olan attended the original District 66 school until eighth grade. Farming was in the Wallin blood; Olan farmed until he was about 80 years old.
Olan and Mary were married on May 6, 1939 in the front room of the original Wallin farm house with a preacher and one of his cousins standing up for them. They had to wait until fall for their honeymoon—until the crops were in.
They moved from the Wallin farm to the Klien farm, to 508 Court Street in Imperial, back to the Wallin farm and finally into the Imperial Heights in 2005. They lived and raised their children: Garry, Julia, Betty and Danny in Chase County. Olan and Mary were married for 71 years.
Over the years Olan and Mary could be found attending almost all local sporting events in the community. They also loved fishing together. For many years they belonged to the United Brethren Chase Church, then the Imperial Bible Church.
Through the years they enjoyed traveling together, visiting Germany, Israel, Egypt, Hawaii and London. In 2003 they were honored to be Grand Marshals in the Chase County Fair parade.
In an earlier interview, Olan was asked “What does the future hold?” He replied, “I’m waiting for Christ to come back to earth and take us out of here.” The family knows that he is rejoicing in Heaven with his Savior, wife and son right now.
Olan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, son Garry, two sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include daughter Julia Brethower and husband Rod of Rio Verde, Ariz.; daughter Betty Haarberg of Aurora, Colo.; son Danny Wallin and wife Charlottie of Grant, Neb.; daughter-in-law Pat Wallin of Imperial; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services for Olan Wallin were held Saturday April 26, 2014, at the Imperial Bible Church with Pastor Robby Clay and Robert Harmon officiating.
Organist was Doni Holaway and soloist was Lori McCloskey.
Casketbearers were Mick Brethower, Destry Wallin, Greg Wallin, Chad Wallin, Jerry Haarberg, Jeff Wallin, Steve Wallin, Dirk Weiss, Dean Weiss and Dain Weiss.
Honorary casketbearers were Julie Anderson, Shawna Rusher, Tammie Brethower and Cheryl Fornoff.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the Chase County Hospital Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.