Verne Wolstenholm

Verne Lloydell Wolstenholm, age 77 of Prior Lake, passed away in his home with his family by his side on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 11AM with visitation beginning at 9:30AM on Thursday, April 25, 2019 all at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran, Prior Lake. Verne will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Pastor Rebecca Gamble will preside.

On September 5, 1941, Verne was born to parents Lloyd and Mary Belle (Klone) Wolstenholm in Idaho Falls, Idaho. From kindergarten until the 8th grade, Verne attended the last one-room schoolhouse in Nebraska.

In 1959, following his high school graduation from McCool Junction, Verne enlisted in the Navy. Despite being claustrophobic, he worked on a nuclear submarine as a sonarman and electrical repairman. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Verne experienced a life changing moment. After intersecting paths with a Russian submarine, Verne reevaluated his priorities in life. Shortly after, he married the love of his life, Shirley.

On July 9, 1962 Verne and Shirley were joined in marriage in York, Nebraska. They were blessed with over 57 years together.

Using his experience from the Navy, Verne began a 30 plus year career with the Nebraska Public Power District. He also served on various national boards for nuclear power. After retiring from NPPD in 1998, Verne spent a few years consulting at various nuclear facilities before full time retirement.

When he wasn’t working, Verne enjoyed golfing and cheering on the Nebraska Huskers. He was proud of the fact that he had visited all 50 states, with North Dakota being his last destination. Most importantly, Verne enjoyed spending time with his family and his granddog, Timber.

Verne was truly a family man—he was supportive during the easy and tough moments of life. He never hesitated to say, “I love you” or express his gratitude with a simple “Thank you.” Verne was especially proud to be a “grampa” and always joked around with his grandchildren. Even when faced with Alzheimer’s and cancer, his dedication to family never wavered.

Verne is loved and missed by his wife, Shirley; children, Rick (Karey) Wolstenholm, Rhonda (Dean) Ohlhues; grandchildren, Jack, Meg, Wyatt, Lucy, and Owen Wolstenholm, Jake, Erik, and Kurt Ohlhues; sister, Merna Stalsberg; other relatives and friends.

Verne is reunited in Heaven with his grandson, Craig Ohlhues, and his parents.

Arrangements with Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home & Cremation, Prior Lake.

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  1. Debbie and Paul McIlnay

    Shirley and family.
    We just learned of Verne’s passing. Please know that you have our love and prayers!
    We have great memories of our time in Falls City with you all. It seems like such a short time ago. Let all the wonderful memories help you now. God is good!!

  2. Shari O’Connor

    Rhonda and family:
    Your father sounds like such an amazing man and had led led a very interesting life. I know your posts through the years showed how much love you had for your parents and I can tell they have truly been an inspiration to you, your brother and your families. Our sympathies to you all and to your mother. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Shari and Bob O’Connor, Casey and Nika, and Brady, Jenne and Harvey

  3. John & Kimberly Damgaard

    Rhonda and Family,

    We are so very sorry to hear about the great loss your family has suffered and we want you to know that we send you our deepest sympathies and pray that God surrounds each of you with His comfort and love in your time of grief.

  4. God bless and hugs to you Shirley, Rick, Rhonda and your grandchildren. We are so sorry for your loss of a great husband, dad and grandpa. Because of Verne our whole life changed do to his hiring me at CNS. I couldn’t thank him enough for the great opportunity he gave me and my family. He was a great boss and friend. I was also blessed to have taught & coached Rick and we remember Rhonda as a great babysitter. I always loved seeing and giving you Shirley a hug. I know he will be missed by many people because he truly was as a great man. Love you all. Gibby and Lynn.

  5. Sorry to hear about Verne’s passing. You were great neighbors in Nebraska City. Sending prayers. Dennis and Carol Marshall and family.

  6. He was always an “up” guy! A smile and laughter is what I remember about Verne. My sympathies to all the family, especially Shirley. Remember all the fun card nights? Treasure all the great memories you shared with a great guy..with family and friends. Prayers to all during this difficult time.

  7. Shirley and family: Perry and I send our deepest condolences. We know what a special man Verne was and how much he loved & enjoyed his family. Jo Dee & Perry Adelung

  8. Tom, Janet Hemphill

    Shirley and family, Janet and I will keep you in our prayers and remember the memories of you in Nebraska city. Know that Verne is safe now.

  9. So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones during this difficult time. God bless!

    • Shirley and Family, so sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers are with you. I remember Vern as a wonderful man and I know he will be missed.

  10. Candace & Randall Rehmeier

    Verne lived life to its fullest! Family was always #1 and probably Big Red next! Randall and I shall remember all the great times we shared and send our prayers to all of you. He shall be greatly missed-

  11. Dearest Shirley, I am sad for your loss. I know how much Verne was a part of who you are. I also know that you reflect the love and strength of our loving God.
    John 14:27–Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    May you know his peace, Shirley!
    Hugs, Jean

  12. Joe & Marliss Miller

    Dear Shirley, Rick and Rhonda- what great memories we have of you all. Verne was such a terrific guy.. He will certainly be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him and especially by all of you. Please know that Joe and I send our prayers and hugs to you all. God bless you.

  13. Doyle & Carol Noerrlinger

    Shirley and Family, Doyle and I are saddened to here of Verne’s passing. We have wonderful memories of our Bridge club and Doyle remembers a round or two of golf with Verne. Please know we are praying for you and asking God to wrap you in His arms and comfort you. With loving thoughts, Doyle & Carol

  14. Debbie ( Miller ) Kipper

    I have soooooooooo many fond & fun memories of Uncle Verne & Aunt Shirley. I am so blessed. Your flower girl.

  15. Shirley and family. Ted and I are saddened to hear of Verns’ passing. We are holding you in our hearts as God welcomes him into his kingdom with open loving arms. God Bless Jo Hoffman

  16. Chuck & Gerri Putnam

    Shirley, Rick, & Rhonda –
    We were so sorry to hear of Verne’s passing. He was a great man, and a great boss and mentor to me while I was working at Cooper. Those were very special years for me, as I was a young man at that time and he was a guiding light who helped me carve out a career in the utility industry (39 years and still going!). We also had a lot of good times outside of the workplace, especially on the golf course! I always enjoyed his sense of humor, and it was just a pleasure to be around him in any setting. I know that he was very proud of his family, including the accomplishments of Rick and Rhonda, and the love he had for you, Shirley. It’s been a while since I had seen Verne, but it’s amazing how many memories I still have of him while I was living in Nebraska City and working at Cooper. That just goes to show what a great impression he left on me. Our thoughts are with you as you mourn your loss. Sincerely, Chuck & Gerri Putnam, Columbus, NE

  17. Dan and Marty Wright

    Dear Shirley and family, we are so saddened to hear this. We will never forget the many fun times with you two and your kids while we were in Falls City! Please know we are keeping you in our hearts and prayers during this sad time.

  18. Jill (Jacobsen) Sears

    My sympathies to the Wolstenholm family. God’s strength and peace to each of you.

  19. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  20. We remember fun times in Nebraska City . Our thoughts and prayers at with you .

  21. Bob and Jan Black

    We are saddened to hear of Verne’s passing. We had many years of friendship. The family has our deepest sympathy.

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