Gretna - Oscar F. Mussman Obituary
The child of God and the will of God is immortal until his work for his Heavenly Father is complete. Oscar Frederick Mussman was born on March 12, 1926 in Lincoln, Kansas to Gottlieb and Helen (Koch) Mussman. He was peacefully and graciously ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on November 3, 2023.
Oscar's life is a model of God's protection and providence. At age five, he was so seriously injured in a farming accident that the family doctor advised his parents not to expect him to survive until the next morning. Rather than give up hope, his loving mother wrapped his wounded head, packed ice against the injuries and prayed. Oscar not only survived but thrived. He worked with his brothers and sisters on the family farms. As a senior in high school, he helped lead the Deshler Dragons to a season where the team was undefeated and unscored upon. Oscar enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school. He was part of the 80th Infantry Division which fought to liberate Luxembourg from German control. After leading a small squadron successfully across the Sauer River and through wooded terrain, Oscar was shot through the neck by a German soldier. The bullet struck within millimeters of his carotid artery, but by God's provision, the artery was not damaged. His work in the world was not completed. Following months of medical treatment in military hospitals in Europe, Oscar returned to Nebraska. Oscar was honorably discharged. Soon Oscar entered the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he eventually received Bachelor's, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in education. While an undergraduate, Oscar was a member of the Nebraska football team.
Oscar met the love of his life, Arline Ahrens in Deshler, Nebraska. They were married August 10, 1947. His life was dedicated to serving others. By vocation he was a teacher, mentor and role model. His nieces and nephews describe Oscar as coming to their homes not only to visit but to find ways to help with work around the farms and houses. Ask almost any teacher or administrator who was part of one of Oscar's staff, who their favorite principal or superintendent was, and no matter how long ago, chances are good they will identify Oscar. He taught confirmation classes and served in various church leadership roles from his 20's until his late 80's. His love and devotion shone most brightly upon his family. The love, adoration, and admiration of his children is only part of the proof. Grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their children were all objects of Oscar's love and attention. Oscar's selfless dedication, love, and devotion to Arline during the years when her abilities were diminished by dementia is a model of humility and loving a wife as Christ loves the church that cannot be surpassed.
To those who love Oscar, it seems like he has been taken from us. But we have not lost him, he has been taken by angels to heaven to paradise, into the presence of the eternal loving God in answer to his Savior's prayer. The days of aching knees and poor hearing have ended. He is ever with the Lord for all eternity. We thank God for sparing Oscar from a prolonged demise, for taking him peacefully, and for the blessing of all who knew him by the time you gave us with him. The family offers special thanks to the staff and many friends at Silver Ridge in Gretna who loved and cared for him the last eight years.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Norman and Herb, sisters, Lola, Ruth, Clara, and Esther, his son-in-law Bill Jensen, and his wife, Arline. He is survived by his sons, Lyle (Janice), Galen (Jeffie) and daughter Carol Jensen. Grandchildren Shelly (Joe) Seitz, Lynn (David) Schwarzenbach, Leah Embry, Craig Mussman (Tzu An) and Andy Jensen (Emily Soener). Great Grandchildren, Callie and Cade Schwarzenbach, Ben Embry, and Avery and Riley Seitz. Sister-in-law, Ida Mussmann, many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service 11:00 AM Monday (11/20/23) at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 7706 S. 96th Street La Vista, NE. Memorials to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or Wounded Warrior Project.
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