Thomas Clifford Omdahl was born December 26, 1924, in Cottonwood, SD, to Mandus and Sylvia Omdahl. He was raised on a farm and ranch south of Cottonwood.
Tom married Elaine Schulz Feb. 24, 1949, in Philip, SD. He worked for McDonnell-Douglas in San Diego, CA, and later worked for Boeing aircraft in Seattle, WA. His love of farming and ranching brought him back to South Dakota where he leased a Wasta ranch from the late SD Senator, Francis Case.
After getting his start in farming and ranching, Tom owned several pieces of property north of Philip and near Fairpoint, SD. After becoming ill later in life, Tom was cared for by his son, Walter Omdahl and family. Tom later moved to the Belle Fourche Health Care Facility. Tom passed away November 21, 2009, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Facility where he had been a resident for 10 years. Tom was loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed.
Tom is survived by four sisters and one brother: Mabel Brunner (Sun City, AZ), Grace O'dea (Ordway, CO), Helen Franks (Sun City, AZ), Florence Dean (Philip, SD), Vern Omdahl (Cottonwood, SD); five children: Walter (Marie) Omdahl (Spearfish, SD), Connie (Tom) Olson, (Helena, MT), David (Bonnie) Omdahl (Sioux Falls, SD), Jane Omdahl (Boulder, MT), Gary (Nancy) Omdahl (Sioux Falls, SD); 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Elaine who died February 24, 1974; his brother, Oliver; three sisters, Esther, Nellie, and Lucille; his parents; and two infant children, Nancy and Andrew Omdahl.
Viewing, with the family, will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, Friday, November 27th from 12-5 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2009, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip.
Burial will be at the Philip Masonic Cemetery. Memorials will be established to Northern Hills Hospice and the Belle Fourche Regional Health Care Facility.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals. com.