Obit: Untiedt, Elmer John #2 (1916 - 1945)

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Surnames: Untiedt, Horner, Ohlinger, Bienkowski, Duellman, Nienow

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 05/31/1945

Untiedt, Elmer John (17 July 1916 - 28 May 1945)

Elmer Untiedt, 29, was killed instantly, Monday morning about 1 p.m. in a head on collision on Highway 29, about two miles east of Abbotsford, Wis. The Untiedt car, which was being driven east collided with a tractor trailer of the Western Condensing company, Owen, going in the opposite direction and driven by Frank J. Duellman, of Dorchester, Wis. Both men were alone in their vehicles.

The death of Mr. Untiedt followed closely that of his employer, Ted Poplowski, in whose cheese factory he was cheesemaker. Mr. Untiedt was on his way to the Diamond Cheese Factory in the town of Frankfort after he had visited his father and brother near Curtiss.

About a half hour was required to extricate his body from the wreckage of his car, in which his legs had been jammed by the motor. He had a skull fracture, cuts about his face, a broken vertebrae and fractures of the left arm and leg.

The car remained upright but was turned around on the south edge of the pavement.

Mr. Duellman suffered bruises about the body and face and possible rib fractures.

At the inquest held, Duellman said that he saw the Untiedt car leave its lane on the highway shortly before the impact. Traffic Officer Nienow reported the Untiedt car had crossed the black line at the point of collision.

The tractor-trailer showed marks of the left wheels about 18 inches on its side of the black line, where the brakes evidently were applied. The truck was loaded with about 20,000 pounds of whey.

Duellman was absolved of blame in the accidental death of Elmer J. Untiedt, according to the findings of the coroner’s jury Tuesday. Untiedt was held negligent in driving over the center line.

Elmer John Untiedt was born July 17, 1916, and was the son of John Untiedt, Route 1, Curtiss. His mother died about five years ago.

Surviving besides his father are four brothers, Harry and Emil Untiedt, both of Curtiss, and Lawrence and Frank Untiedt, Milwaukee, and three sisters, Mrs. William (Margaret) Horner and Miss Viola Untiedt, both of Milwaukee, and Mrs. Lawrence (Leona) Ohlinger, Colby, Wis.

Funeral services for the accident victim will be conducted Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock at St. Mary’s Catholic church at Colby, the Rev. Francis J. Bienkowski officiating at the Requiem high mass. Burial will be made in the parish cemetery, Colby, Wis.

The body will lie in state at the home of a brother, Emil Untiedt, at Curtiss, where a rosary service will be conducted Friday evening at 8:00 o’clock.



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