Laurence James “Larry” Hultquist, 85, of Oakland NE

LAURENCE JAMES “LARRY” HULTQUIST, 85 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014, at Oakland Heights.

Laurence was born April 14, 1929, in Burt County, Nebraska, to Sherman and Zella (Marsolf) Hultquist. He was confirmed in 1942 at West Side United Methodist Church in rural Oakland. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1947 and farmed for his dad and Kermit Moseman from 1947 – 1951.

In January 1951, Laurence entered the U. S. Air Force, stationed at Lackland AF Base, San Antonia, Texas for basic training and Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas until 1954 where he trained for general aircraft maintenance. He unfortunately contracted polio and was hospitalized and discharged in 1954. His family returned to Oakland.  He battled polio for over six months. From Jan 1955 until March 55 he drove truck for Bob Case.

In March 1955, he reenlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Offutt AF Base in Omaha for three years. In 1958 he was sent to Newfoundland. He returned home on emergency leave to help on the farm as his dad was injured in a farm accident.  In 1961, he served in Illinois and Michigan before being sent to Vandenberg AF Base in California. He returned to Offutt for a short time before being sent to Wheeliss AF Base in Lybia, Africa and was sent to  Spain for weather training on upper air balloons.  Returning to Africa, Laurence contracted hepatitis with complications of mononucleosis and was hospitalized for an extended time in Germany, New Jersey, St. Louis, Missouri and Chinute AF Base in Illinois and was then sent to Folk Field in Wisconsin. From 1967 to 1968, Laurence served in Viet Nam.  Before returning home, he was fortunate to spend two weeks R & R in Australia. Upon his return

Laurence Hultquist

Laurence Hultquist

to the states, he served his last five years at Ft. Warren in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was honorably discharged in 1973.

Following his discharge he worked in commercial flooring in Cheyenne for 13 year before returning to Nebraska and farming.  Laurence also drove truck for Agland and CVA for many years before fully retiring in 2007.

Laurence was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Oakland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Pamela Tate; sister, Deanna Betts; sister-in-law, Donna Hultquist; brother-in-law, Kermit Moseman.

Survivors include his son, Larry (Maggy) Hultquist of Tigard, OR; daughter, Sheila Keenan of Camas, WA; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister, Lorelei (Jim) Wickstrom of Omaha, NE; brothers, Bill Hultquist of Oakland, Dewey (Myra) of Lyons, KS, Harold (Leona) of Fremont, NE; brother-in-law, Don Betts of Plainview, NE.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Oakland.

BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS: Oakland Cemetery, with Military Honors by Ryan VFW Post No. 5543 and American Legion Post No. 46

VISITATION: Wednesday, November 5th, 1 – 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation Thursday will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIALS: Oakland Heights

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Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

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I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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