Gilbert C. "Shorty" Oldenberg

Gilbert C. "Shorty" Oldenberg, age 99 of Philip, SD, died November 27, 2008, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were held Tuesday, December 2, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Lyndy Ireland and Joyce Wheeler.

Ushers were Paul Jones and John Ballingee. Pallbearers were Shorty's grandchildren, John Oldenberg, Heath Oldenberg, Joe Chapell, Jeff Chapell, Jason Chapell, Chris Hamann, Melanie Cargile, Valerie Oldenberg, Jodi Jones, Jackie Ballingee and Michelle Hernandez.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Gilbert C. "Shorty" Oldenberg, was born July 10, 1909, in Grant, IA, the son of Gustav and Anna B. (Rose) Oldenberg. At a young age, the family moved to Doland, SD, where Shorty received his education. In 1927, he and his two brothers John and Bill, moved to the Grindstone area where they farmed and ranched.

Shorty was united in marriage to Pearl Aske in 1947 in Philip. They made their home at the ranch in Grindstone, where their four children were born.

Pearl preceded him in death in 1954, and Shorty continued to raise the four children on his own. He was awarded the "Father of the Year" by the Grindstone Community in the 1960s. Shorty continued to make his home on the ranch until moving into the Philip Nursing Home in 2005.

Shorty, when not farming and ranching, enjoyed taking the trip to the state fair with his brothers, checking out the new farm equipment. He also enjoyed pheasant hunting every fall.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Hamann and her husband, Robert, of Wall, Ruth Anderson and her husband, Don, of Rapid City, and Nellie Chapell and her husband, Henry, of Gillette, WY; one son, Daniel "Danny" Oldenberg and his wife, Esther, of Philip; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife Pearl, Shorty was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Leona Wintrode and Marie Holmes; three brothers, Bill, George and John Oldenberg; and a great-granddaughter, Alexis Rose Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established to the Philip Nursing Home, or directed to the donor's choice.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com