Alvin Paul Oetting

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Alvin Paul Oetting, age 95, of Concordia, Missouri, died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Concordia with Rev. Paul Mehl and Rev. John Mehl officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers are Jerry Steinkuhler, Dennis Oetting, Robert Heins, Michael Oetting, Daniel Oetting and Tina Oetting. Honorary pallbearer is Megan Miller. Memorials are suggested to St. Paulís Lutheran Elementary School or The Lutheran Good Shepherd Home in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at
Born Jan. 22, 1922, in rural Concordia, he was the son of the late Eduard Oetting and Ida Buss Oetting. He was baptized Feb. 3, 1922, and confirmed on April 5, 1936 at St. Paulís Lutheran Church. Alvin lived in the Concordia area most of his life and was a 1943 graduate of Concordia High School. On March 19, 1946, he married Selma Ledia Bodenstab at Concordia, and they briefly resided in central Kansas before returning to Concordia where he spent the rest of his life.
Alvin was a man who knew no stranger, and touched the lives of many through various work, church and community groups. He worked for Runge Electric, Concordia Creamery Company, and owned and operated Oetting TV, a television sales and service business until his retirement. Following retirement he continued serving the community by working for the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home. He faithfully served on numerous church and civic groups, including St. Paulís Menís Club. Alvin was instrumental in the development of the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home and played an important role from the initial conception, through construction, and into the successful home it is today. He played tuba in the Concordia Municipal Band, and served as alderman for the City of Concordia.
Alvin brought joy to many with his endless wit and storytelling. He will be greatly missed by many, but leaves a legacy of service and his mark across the community. His family is comforted knowing he has found his eternal peace with Jesus.
Alvin is survived by his wife, Selma, of 71 years; one daughter, Linda Hillemann and her husband Robert of Ellsinore; one son, Mark Oetting and his wife Susan of Concordia; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Erna Bohnert; and one brother, Norbert (Nups) Oetting.