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Dean Martin Olheiser

September 15, 1946 - January 10, 2017

Dean was born in Mott, ND, the oldest of ten kids to Peter and Frances Olheiser.  He moved to Oregon in 1950 where his father farmed and worked on numerous dairies all over the Willamette Valley.  He developed a love affair with cars and tractors at an early age, working on everything on the farms, including equipment and vehicles.
He attended and graduated from Mt. Angel Preparatory High School in 1964 and later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology from Oregon Technical Institute, before being drafted to the Air Force in 1966.  His time in the Air Force took him the Philippines, and finally to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, where he met his future wife, Ellen, while working on her corvair.  He spent much of his free time there working on his now-familiar 1957 Nomad.
He worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan as a combustion Engineer for many years before returning back to Oregon to work as an Automotive Instructor at Chemeketa Community College for 25 years where he retired.

Deans passion for cars and tractors can be showcased by the vast collection at his shop.  He had a talent for creating extraordinary pieces from scrapes and templates.   He built many engines and cars for friends and family over the years, including those for his children.

Dean is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen; son Samuel of Salem, daughter Holly of Salem, and two Grandsons, Cameron and Logan Maisel; his mother, Frances Flaherty of Salem; DuWayne Olheiser of Salt Lake City, UT; Madonna Bilyeu of Prineville; Steve Olheiser of Prineville; David Olheiser of Springfield; Paul Olheiser of Astoria; Calvin Olheiser of Redmond; Victoria Rhoden of Prineville; and James Olheiser of The Dalles, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his Father, Pete Olheiser, and his brother Peter Olheiser.

Recitation of the Rosary will be 10:30am followed by an 11:00 Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, January 20, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (1010 Columbia St. NE)  Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service

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