Quentin Oase, 98

Quentin Harvey Oase, 98 of Hettinger, formerly of Reeder, passed away on Jan. 16, 2017 at Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger


Quentin Harvey Oase, 98 of Hettinger, formerly of Reeder, passed away on Jan. 16, 2017 at Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger.

The Memorial Service was at Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Reeder and began at 11:00 a.m. A lunch followed the services. Interment was performed on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery south of Mandan with full military honors by the Carl Hendrickson American Legion Post #51 of Reeder and the Mandan VFW.

Quentin was born Sept. 20, 1918 to Lars B. and Ruby C. (Richardson) Oase at Penville, S.D. He was baptized at the Wolf Butte Lutheran Church on Oct. 20, 1918 and confirmed Oct. 1, 1933. He graduated from the eighth grade at Bucyrus, and went to work on the farm east of Reeder.  At some point in his life, he became known as “Q”, to which most of his acquaintances knew him.

Q enrolled in the CCC’s from Jan. 6, 1937 until March 18, 1937. He worked in Washington State and California until he enrolled in the army.

Q served in the army from Jan. 8, 1941 until Nov. 24, 1945; beginning as a mechanic, and then served as a Drill Sergeant, then as Ambulance Platoon Leader for the 1st Medical Regiment. He served in New Guinea, Morotai, Mindoro, and Philippine Islands and was an occupying member with the troops in Japan.

After his Army service, he returned to Reeder and farmed on the family farm. He was a meticulous farmer and anyone who worked for him soon learned there was only one way to do anything, the right way. If you used it, put it back where you found it; clean up your mess; drive straight, hoe all the weeds, not just some; service the equipment religiously, but don’t waste or spill anything; if you broke it, you fix it; and numerous other adages he reinforced throughout his life. He was always available to and enjoyed the chance to help, advise or teach you how to do something. He farmed 40 years before retiring and turning the reins over to his nephew Harvey. Once retired but not inactive, Q spent his retirement rebuilding old tractors, stationary engines, caterpillar tractors and doing various woodwork projects. Wood and metal work and farming were the obvious passions in his life.

Q found one of the most peaceful places on earth to be a Sunday morning on the farm. He treasured the fragrances of pine and fir trees. He was adamant that the best way to become successful was through hard work. He was active in participating in any agricultural boards and committees to further his interest in farming. He followed through with his belief to volunteer in the community by being a Farm Bureau member, member of 40 & 8, American Legion member for 72 years. He was also a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Reeder.

Q is survived by Lorraine (Mrs. Robert) Oase, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Q was preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Ruby Oase; brothers, Robert, Norman and his wife Dorothy, James and his wife Betty; and sisters Louise and her husband John Pachan, Ruth and her husband Bill Kohl, Ruby Ann and her husband Dale Braddock, and Corrine and her husband Mickey Prendiville.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.