Sidney Mervin Omlid, 77, died Feb. 28, 2013 at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Sid’s life was shortened due to a childhood lung injury. The last couple years he struggled with meeting his oxygen needs.
Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kodiak, with Pastor Elden Simonson officiating. His ashes will be spread this summer in Olga Bay, celebrating of his life and 50 years of fishing.
Sidney Mervin Omlid was born on Jan. 22, 1936, the son of Sven and Marie (Skaaren) Omlid in Thief River Falls, Minn. He was raised on a small farm in northern Minnesota. The lifestyle on the farm was simple, basic and hard working. This closeness of a family working together toward common goals was the major factor in molding his philosophy of life.
The first eight years of their education, Sid and his brother Oluf rode two miles on horseback to a one-room country schoolhouse. At Goodridge High School, Sid was a constant participant in varsity athletics and was voted the outstanding citizen of the senior class.
The death of his father during his junior year caused a drastic change in his life. The work of running the farm contributed greatly to his early maturity and personal development. Sid attended Bemidji State College. At the end of his second year of college, Sid and Darlene were married on Aug. 17, 1957.
In 1958, Sid was drafted into the Army, and he and Darlene spent 18 months in Germany. Sid continued school at Bemidji State and received his B.S. Degree in Business Education in 1961. He taught two years in Colstrip, Mont. In 1963, he accepted a teaching position in Kodiak. Sid and Darlene lost their house and all their possessions in the 1964 tidal wave; the community of Kodiak came to their aid. Sid started commercial setnet salmon fishing in summer 1964; he enjoyed the summers with his family in Olga Bay.
During his 20 years of teaching, he received his master’s degree from the University of Alaska, taking a one-year break to help build St. Paul Lutheran church in Kodiak. He retired at age 48 from teaching. He was an active charter member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, involved in the Education Association, Kodiak Set netters Association, and the Kodiak Fishing Game Advisory board, among other community organizations.
Sid was an adventurer and cheated death many times. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, enjoying flying, photography, writing, welding, building and designing boats.
He is survived by his wife Darlene Merritt Omlid of Kodiak, his brother Oluf Omlid and his wife Celestine of Kodiak: his children Sherry (Omlid) and Wade Ball of Kodiak, Ila (Omlid) and Wayne Amos of Klamath Falls, Ore., Keith and Allison Omlid of Monmouth, Ore., Tim Naumoff of Kodiak; 10 grandchildren George and Jennifer Ball, Dustin and Shannon Ball, Amanda (Ball) and Daniel Kiefer, Kaila Amos, Sara Amos, Jonathan Amos, Erik Omlid, Tanner Omlid, Rex Omlid and Krista Omlid; six great grandchildren: Branden Ball, Mason Ball, Sydney Ball, Natalie Ball, Chase Kiefer, and Connor Beahm.
His parents, Marie and Sven Omlid, preceded him in death.
Memorial contribution may be sent to Kodiak Hospice. Family condolences may be sent to Darlene Omlid, PO Box 1161, Kodiak, AK 99615.