Marvin L Oltmann

April 9, 1938December 1, 2018

Marvin L. Oltmann passed away December 1, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He was born April 9, 1938 in Christian County, Illinois to Milton and Wilma Oltmann, who are deceased. He is survived by his wife, Doris (Sue) Oltmann; his sons, Jeff (Phyllis) Oltmann and Eric Oltmann; and his daughter, Melissa (Jerry) Hoepner. His grandchildren are Eric Oltmann II and Quinn Hoepner. He also leaves his sister, Joyce (Herb) Grieves, brother Philip (Doris) Oltmann, close cousins, and all their families.

Marv was proud to have grown up on a farm. He enjoyed telling stories about his farm life as a boy, such as when he and his friends played cowboy round-up with the milk cows on some Sunday afternoons. They had fun, but his father did not enjoy the poor milk yield those nights.

Marv graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Later he was a graduate of one of the first classes to receive the new MBA in Information Systems degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He worked in civil service for the Navy and the Air Force in Indianapolis, San Bernardino, and Colorado Springs. The rich military presence in Colorado Springs provided him the opportunity to work in many positions.

Church and family were very important to Marv, and he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was proud to be a founding member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs in 1965. From the founding until his death he worked hard for Holy Cross in many areas, including lay leadership positions and the Bread of Life food pantry.

Marv enjoyed the out-of-doors, solved world and local problems with friends over a cup of coffee, and loved to just “go.” He enjoyed travel, whether it was a simple drive in the mountains or a trip to Europe to visit distant relations. He learned the skills of self-sufficiency as a farm boy, so as an adult he was a skilled handyman. He carried out many projects in his home of 53 years, including designing and building a large addition. He learned to program and use computers when computers were rare, and after retirement he spent many hours battling with his home computer. They never became close friends.

Marv stayed faithful to his Lord and Savior all his life.

A memorial service and reception will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Thursday, December 13th at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the Bread of Life Food Pantry at Holy Cross, 4125 Constitution Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-1688.


  • Bread of Life Food Pantry


  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 13, 2018

Marvin L Oltmann

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Dorothy Holloway

December 13, 2018

Marv was such a kind and generous person in our lives. I appreciated his quiet strength! The first time I met him, he rescued Steve and I from the top of a snowy mountain pass when we were stranded with car trouble. I was so very thankful for his patience and know how!!! Sending much love and comfort to all of the Oltmann Family.
Love, Dorothy, Steve, Zach and Kaylee, Ben and Lily

Philip Oltmann

December 10, 2018

Marv, our sister Joyce, and myself were raised on a family farm in the northwest Nokomis prairie. A community of hard working and industrious folks. A place of strong family values, deep religious faith. Helping family and friends. It allowed children freedom to roam and discover new adventures. People working together to strengthen their communities. Where common sense was a skill. This was the basis for Marv to live his life. He strengthened these attributes.
Some memories:
- preventing me from serious injury when playing with a lite fire close to gas storage tank.
- helping to decipher our father's work instructions when doing farm chores.
-inviting a attractive and charming young lady to a family meal. Sue eventually became his wife and partner in life.
-Marv was first family member to hold our newborn daughter Michelle, while living in Minnesota.
-We did have our occasional disagreements, but that led to social skills and a stronger relationships.
-All of adulthood we had lived miles apart, but fortunate to see each other at family functions and vacation time. We remained a close brotherly relationship.
I will greatly miss him. His warm smile and laugh, his stories.
Brother Philip

Joyce Grieves

December 7, 2018

Being in the Advent/Christmas Season, I remember many precious memories of past family Christmases. Our parents made them very special. Also, the joy we had in participating in the children's programs at church. Now, dear brother, you are in the glories of Heaven celebrating this Christmas with Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem, but for now, we miss you. Your sister, Joyce

Loyd. & Dorothy Redeker

December 6, 2018

Enjoying. All our family connections. Let’s pray these family. Reunions continue to keep our families together in years ahead

Karen Marker

December 5, 2018

I'll always remember Marv for his stories... SO MANY things happened on that farm that mom NEVER would have told me about!!

I am so blessed to have grown up in such a loving, supportive family, despite the miles between us. Uncle Marv, you will be missed.


December 5, 2018

I will always remember your laugh, Pop. I miss it already.