Napan, 20, Is Killed In
Vietnam War Zone
Sp. 4 Jerry Ofstedahl, a 1967 graduate of Napa High School, is Napa County's 29th known casualty in the Vietnam war.
Notification of his death was received Saturday by his bride of two months, Claire Louise, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ofstedahl, 4800 Monticello Road.
The Army said the young Napa soldier died Wednesday, reportedly in the highlands near Quang Tri. He was the squad leader on a mission.
The 20-year-old Napan had worked on the Wild Horse Valley Ranch for Mr. and Mrs. Don Murray between his junior and senior year of high school, and was employed there full time before he entered the Army in April, 1968. He went to Vietnam the end of December.
He and his wife met on the ranch, where she is still employed as governess of the Murray children. During his rest and recreation leave in Tokyo, Japan they were married June 10. At the end of his leave, she returned to Napa.
Memorial services will be held here after the body arrives. Claire Ofstedahl said if legal arrangements can be made, her husband's remains will be cremated and the ashes interred at Wild Horse Valley Ranch.
Survivors include two younger sisters, Mary Ellen and Karen Leone Ofstedahl, both at the family home; grandparents, Mrs. Evelyn Nelson of Sacramento and Mr. and Mrs. John Ofstedahl Sr. of Thief River Falls, Minn.; an uncle, Orville Nelson of Thief River Falls, and numerous great-aunts and uncles, including Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jernigan of Napa.
Sp. Ofstedahl was a member of St. Johns' Lutheran Church.
Napa Register, August 18, 1969
Services For War Victim Set Saturday
Memorial services for Sp. 4 Jeffery Ofstedahl, who was killed Aug. 13 in combat in Vietnam, will be conducted Saturday at 9 a.m. at Wild Horse Valley Ranch.
His wife, Claire Louise, today requested The Napa Register to advise friends who wish to attend the memorial service to contact her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ofstedahl of 4800 Monticello Road, for further information.
The Rev. N.M. Redeker of St. John's Lutheran Church will officiate. After arrival of the remains in this country, private inurnment will be in Green River Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minn.
The 20-year-old Napa soldier was serving as squad leader on a mission in the highlands near Quang Tri when he was killed. He is Napa County's 29th known casualty in the Vietnam war.
He was a graduate of Napa High School and was employed at the Wild Horse Valley Ranch, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Don Murray, before he entered the Army in April, 1968. He met his wife, governess for the Murray children, on the ranch. They were married June 10 in Tokyo, Japan, during his rest and recuperation leave. He had been in Vietnam since December, 1968.
Survivors include two younger sisters, Mary Ellen and Karen Leone Ofstedahl; grandparents, Mrs. Evelyn Nelson of Sacramento and Mr. and Mrs. John Ofstedahl Sr. of Thief River Falls; an uncle, Orville Nelson of Thief River Falls; and numerous great-aunts and uncles, including Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jernigan of Napa.
The Napa Register, August 21, 1969
Last Name: Ofstedahl
First Name: Jerry Wayne
BirthPlace: NAPA California
Security Number: 46856XXXX
Military Service: DA [Department of the Army]
Date of Casualty: 1969-08-13
State of Residence: California
County of Residence: NAPA
Type Of Casualty: Hostile - Killed
Service Component: Regular (RA, USN, USAF, USMC, USCG)
Marital Status: Married (Spouse Listed)
Religion code: Protestant
Reason: Gunshot or Small Arms Fire
Posthumous Promotion: Posthumously Promoted
Tour date in South east Asia: 1970-01-01
Body Recovered Or Not: Body Recovered
Casualty Type: Ground Casualty
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