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Edwin H. Bredlow, Jr.


March 18, 2020

Edwin H. Bredlow, Jr., 85 of Norwalk, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at his home. He was born September 23, 1934 in the Town of Sheldon to Edwin Herbert and Emma {Friske} Bredlow, Sr. Edwin married Ardys L. Olson- Downing on November 5, 1966 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Gail (John) Ambro of Sparta and their son, Paul (Bethany Arnold) Ambro of Sparta and Daniel (Cindy) Downing of Sparta and their children, Garett (Mackinzie Schaffer-Smiley) Downing and Karlie Downing, both of Sparta; niece, Judy (Don) Pomeroy; as well as many cousins and other loving relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Irma Olson; brother-in-law, Lyle (Mildred) Olson; and sister-in-law, Phyllis (Elton) Larson.

Edwin was a member of St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He attended the Red Brick Country School and then graduated from Ontario High School. Edwin was a milk truck driver for 42 years retiring in 1999. He and his wife Ardys drove the route together. After retirement, they spent their time traveling. They have been all over the United States as well as Alaska and Hawaii. They also enjoyed restoring old tractors that they then had in parades. Edwin lived a great life and will be dearly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church, 25525 County Highway P, Ontario. Pastor Larry Neitzel will officiate. He will be laid to rest in Hilltop Rest Cemetery, Ontario. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:00 AM until time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bredlow-Ewing American Legion Post #467, Ontario. The family would like to acknowledge the kindness and care and give a thank you to special cousins Lorraine and Stan Buchholz. The Smith- Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at


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