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John L. Ohlendorf

John L. Ohlendorf, 81, of Waterloo, IL, died September 26, 2021, in Waterloo, IL. He was born December 26, 1939, in Harrisonville, IL.

He is survived by his wife Joyce Ohlendorf (nee Busse); children Diann Thomas, Leroy Ohlendorf, Ronda Nash, and John R. Ohlendorf; numerous grandchildren; brother Bill (Gloria) Ohlendorf; sister Mary Planer; nieces; nephews; and cousin.

He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence & Luella (nee Minnmann) Ohlendorf and brother Jack Ohlendorf.

John was a lifetime member of the NRA and he was a riverboat captain since he was 16.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Helping Strays

No services will be held at his request.

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You will probably not remember me but I grew up in Harrisonville & when we had to move out because of 1947 Flood, your Father took us in his boat. My brother Calvin & Jackie were friends & I remember him. May God Bless All.

Imogene Fries Yarbrough Sep 30 2021 4:24 PM

I worked under John as my Captain for Many years he was one of the best boat handlers I ever decked with. We were also best of friends away from work and enjoyed fishing ,playing pool and enjoyed going to meat shoots with his sons and my two sons.he will be missed by all of his river buddy's which there is many, God Bless all his family.

Vincent Gibbs Sep 29 2021 1:54 PM

Remembering our neighbor. Most friendly. Will miss his "hellos and waves"

William and Nancy Nobbe Sep 29 2021 9:45 AM