Harstad, Orville (1920-2002)

Orville Harstad, 82, died on Saturday, September 21, 2002 at the CNC Unit of Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Newfolden, MN with Rev. David Pretty officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Newfolden.

Visitation will be held 3:00 until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 with a 7:30 PM Prayer Service at Johnson-Green Funeral Home in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Orville Harstad was born on February 29, 1920 the son of Iver and Olga (Shern) Harstad in West Valley Township, Marshall County on the family farm. He attended school in Marsh Grove Township at Green Valley County School.

Orville took over the family farm in 1940 and on June 14, 1941 he was united in marriage to Lenora Sorenson at the parsonage in Viking, MN. The couple farmed while he helped his dad and brother at Iver Harstad & Son Minneapolis Moline Implement Dealership in Newfolden. He often demonstrated the new Minneapolis Moline machinery on his farm. Orville continued to farm the family farm until 2000 when he entered the CNC unit of the Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.

He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, was a Marsh Grove Township Supervisor for over 20 years, director for Newfolden Co-op Elevator for over 20 years, a member of Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, a charter member of Newfolden Lions Club and Eagles Club in Thief River Falls. Orville enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, especially goose hunting. He really liked and enjoyed his neighbors, was very generous with them and was a good neighbor to all. He enjoyed speaking Norwegian and visited Norway four times.

Orville is survived by his wife Lenora of Thief River Falls; children Doyle (Marilyn) Harstad of Viking, Kameron (Kathyrn) Harstad of East Grand Forks, Larry (Carole) Harstad of Merced, CA, Lynnet (Gerald) Swaser of Newfolden, Calvin (special friend Dianne Disrud) Harstad of Viking; grandchildren Gary, Carol, Kristi, Greg, Kent, Kevin, Larry Jr., Donna, Alison, Kate, Jeff, Donn and Jessica; great grandchildren Cody, Nicole, Kameron, McKenzie, Emily, Hallie, Alex, Ben, Courtney and Zachery; sister Virginia (Leonard) Field of Stephen, MN; sister-in-law Irene Harstad of Big Lake, MN; daughter-in-law Florence (Jay) Nelson of Thief River Falls; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Donn in 1981; infant sister Iola; brother Orris.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

An amateur genealogist and internet hobbyist.

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