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In Memory of Brian 'Oats' Omann


4:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, January 26 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville, WI; and one hour prior to the services at church on Wednesday.

Funeral Services

11:00 AM Wednesday, January 27 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville, WI

Brian Dennis ”Oats”” Omann, age 41 of Baldwin, died accidentally Friday, January 22, 2016 at his workplace in Woodville. Brian was born April 3, 1974 in Baldwin, WI, the son of Dennis and Mari Ann (Rademaker) Omann. He grew up on the family farm in Emerald, and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1992. After High School he joined the U.S. Navy and attended the Great Lakes Naval Academy. Brian served as a Plane Captain on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Upon returning home, Brian attended classes at the University of River Falls, and graduated from St. Paul Technical College with a Carpentry Diploma. He served his apprenticeship and became a Journeyman Carpenter working for Watson-Forsberg Construction and was a member of the Carpenters Local Union No. 87. Brian was united in marriage to Jennifer Sell on June 20, 1998 at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. The couple was blessed with three sons, Nathan, Josh, and Jake. Brian continued to work as a carpenter, but ultimately returned to work on the family farm to pursue his true passion for farming.   

Brian was baptized and joined the First Reformed Church in Baldwin.  Growing up he was heavily involved in 4-H and went on many 4-H trips visiting places like Canada and Washington D.C.  He received the 4-H Key Award for his involvement in the program.  He enjoyed playing and coaching 4-H softball and later on played on the church softball team and in men’s league.  He participated in the FFA and told many stories about good times he had with the dairy judging.

Brian was a loving husband and devoted father.  He loved teaching his sons about farming and raising cows.  Brian was extremely proud watching his sons play hockey.  He enjoyed being a part of the “hockey family” as much as watching his boys play.  He loved fishing and hunting but the best part to him was being able to pass this love down to his boys.  Brian worked hard to provide for his family and was always genuinely willing to help friends and family with any project or whatever they needed a hand with.  He built a house for his family to live and did most of the work himself with help from family and friends.  He liked to put his carpentry skills to good use to help out where he could but he would always leave some kind of special mark on the project so they would remember he was there.  This is just one of the ways he could lift people up and make them smile.  He always had a funny comment or story to lighten the mood.  His boys definitely inherited this!  He cherished his friendships and touched so many lives.

Brian is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jenny; sons, Nathan, Josh, and Jake; his parents, Dennis and Mari Omann; siblings, Christine (Jim Patterson) Omann, and Jeff Omann; nephews and niece, Eli Omann, Mavrick and Danielle Patterson; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Rademaker; parents-in-law, Milt and Nancy Sell; siblings-in-law, Nadine (Chris) Wert, Melissa (Reed) Hannegraf, and Joe (Gina) Sell; nieces and nephews, Ethan, Hailey, Raelynn, Sawyer, Brooks, and Evelina; grandmother-in-law, Ramona Olson; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, John and Minnie Omann; maternal grandfather, Leon Rademaker; uncle, David Miner; cousin, Amy Rademaker; grandfather-in-law, Harry Sell; grandparents-in-law, Donald and Betty Boyd; and uncle, Dan Handrahan.

Funeral Services will take place 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Zion Lutheran Church, 221 Lockwood Street in Woodville, WI, with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  Visitation will take place at the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville from 4:00-8:00 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016 and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will take place at Baldwin Cemetery in Baldwin. In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred to Brian’s family.

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    • Dennis and Mary ..and Family
      I, like many others, have no words that can express the sorrow you are feeling. Life has a way of throwing these “curveballs” at his that we will never understand. I’m so sorry that I did not make any of the services held for Brian …but please know that Jean and I had, and have you in our thoughts and prayers. Steve Peterson

    • Dear Jenny, Milt, Nancy, Dennis, Mari and families,
      We can’t find words to express the sadness in our hearts for your loss of Btian. Our thoughts are with all of you.
      Pete and Julie Hawley

    • Milt, Nancy, Jenny and family,
      We are so very sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.
      Sincerely Jerry and Chris Durand
      New Richmond WI

    • To Brian’s family and friends my boys knew him thru 4-H, to each of you my deepest sympathy and prayers.

    • Jenny, Boys & Family,

      There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers to give you peace in these hard times.
      God Bless


    • Jenny, boys and family,
      We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our heart felt sympathy and prayers for strength, courage and peace. You and your boys will continue to be in our prayers for years to come.
      Terry (Mossong) and Virgil Ray

    • Dear Jenny, Nathan, Josh, and Jake and the Omann and Sell families,

      I’m so very sorry for your loss. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Family is everything. This is a time when “the ties that bind” give us love, comfort and support. May you find that loving support in each other.

      Michelle Mossong Douglas
      Josh, Sydney, Sarah and Emily

    • Jenny, Nathan, Josh, and Jake:

      We are so sorry for your loss. Brian will be missed by all who were blessed to have crossed paths with him. His choice to serve his country, while a small part of his story, is yet another testament to his willingness lend a helping hand evident from when I first was lucky enough to call him friend in Kindergarten.

      Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you find your way forward.

    • I grew up with Brian in Woodville on a farm not too far from his parents’ place. We were in the Lone Pine 4-H Club together and I have many fond memories of our meetings at their house hosted by his mom. He was always sweet and kind to everyone. I have no doubt that he was a wonderful husband and father, loved by all. I am so sorry that he was taken from you, way too soon. You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight: Brian’s mom and dad, his sister Chrissy, all his family and friends, and especially his wife and boys. God bless you all.

    • My deepest sympathy for your loss of your dear husband and father too soon to our enemy death. Words will not fill the empty place in your hearts but may you find comfort in God’s promise to end all sorrows soon. Rev.21:3,4.

    • Jeff,
      We are so sorry for you loss and we are thinking of you and sending prayers of healing to you and your family.
      God bless.

    • To Omann Family,
      I am so very sorry for your loss. You shall be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.. He sounds like a wonderful person. He will be missed by so so many!!

      My Deepest Sympathies
      Rocky Gerhardt

    • My heart goes out to Brian’s wife, sons, his folks and all of his family and friends. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you all a big hug from Montana.
      Terri & Rod

    • Dennis and Mari, so very, very sorry for your loss. I don’t even have words. You are in my prayers.

      Candy Bettendorf
      River Falls, WI

    • Jen and Boys,
      Our deepest sympathy to all of you. It was a great pleasure meeting you and talking to Brian when Tucker and Keaton came to Baldwin to play hockey. Also knowing that our son and his family are now calling their home, the house that Brian originally built for your family , will forever keep Brian in our thoughts. He was a great guy and we truly appreciated getting to know him. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss!
      Terry and Joelle Comero
      Tucker and Keaton

    • We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers , and hugs for you all as you through this difficult time. Special prayers for Jen and the boys as they go through the days and times ahead. Brian will be missed by so many

    • Jenny, Boys, & Omann Family,
      So Vary sorry for your loss.
      Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers and hope you can find comfort in this trying time.

      Jacqui, Andelyn, Kalan, & Ryker.

    • Jenny,
      I’m so very sorry about your loss. Please know that you and your sons are in my thoughts and prayers. Please reach out if you need anything.

    • Jenny, Brian’s Boys and entire Omann Family,

      This is a tough one! Brian was a friend I always looked forward to chatting with. I will truly miss our frequent conversations with this great guy. I was honored to know, work with and call Brian a true friend… Always a happy man and willing to lend a hand to anyone. I enjoyed our chats about hunting, sports, work and family. Brian spoke very highly of his family, the farm and especially his wife and boys. He was very proud to call each of you his! He and I were looking forward to a trip next season to Lambeau! He will be forever missed! My family’s thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.


      John Ross Family
      John, Roxanne, Andrew & Aleck
      Hudson WI