2013-10-03 / Obituaries

Oliver E. Rehn


Oliver E. Rehn Oliver E. Rehn COOKS – Oliver E. “Ollie” Rehn, 87, 10546W County Road 442, Cooks, Mich., passed away Monday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family,.

He was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Campbell, Neb., the son of Fred and Marie (Koch) Rehn. Ollie was a graduate of the high school class of 1943 at Pulaski High School, in Pulaski, Wis.

On Sept. 24, 1949, Ollie married Beverly Fetterly in Morgan, Wis. He spent the greater part of his life in Upper Michigan and Wisconsin.

In 1966, Olli moved his family to Manistique from St. Ignace, Mich. He purchased the local Red Owl Store and as time passed, he incorporated the new name of Ollie’s Red Owl Store. In 1975, he built a new Red Owl Store Building. All seven of his children worked in the family store business during their high school and college years. In 1988, Ollie sold the store and retired.

He was a member of the Manistique Bible Church in Thompson, Mich. and was also an active member in the Manistique Lions Club and Rotary Club.

For many years Ollie coached Little League, Senior League and American Legion Baseball teams. He also coached basketball and soccer. In his younger years, he was involved with his sons in snowmobile, dirt bike and stockcar racing.

Ollie enjoyed the great outdoors, and was an avid gardener, fisherman and hunter. He was actively involved in the Local 4-H Club and supported the local youth, by purchasing their 4-H animals through the U.P. State Fair auction. His true enjoyment in life was spending time with his grandchildren.

Ollie is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Beverly; daughters, Kathy Ellsworth, Becky (Alan) Nelson and Susie (David) Muxlow all of Manistique; sons, Phillip (Carolyn) Rehn of Blue Springs, MO., Ken (Shari) Rehn, John (Michelle) Rehn and Bill (Rhonda) Rehn all of Green Bay, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Priscilla Lueptow of Green Bay, and LaDonna Birr of Pulaski; and brother, Chuck Rehn of Oconto, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Manistique Bible Church in Thompson. Funeral Services will be held at noon, in the church, with Pastor Dave Chambers officiating.

Burial will be held at noon (EST), 11 a.m. (CST) on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Suamico Cemetery in Suamico, Wis.

Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.

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