Hvidsten, Orville (1923-2005)

Orville Hvidsten, 82, died Friday, October 14, 2005 at Northwest Medical Center, Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Monday, October 17, 2005 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN, with Reverend Mark Helgeland officiating. Burial will be at Salem Cemetery, Stephen, MN.

Visitation will be 4 – 8 PM, Sunday, October 16, 2005 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN, with a 7 PM prayer service and for one hour prior to services at the church, Monday.

Orville Hvidsten was born February 12, 1923 in Wanger Township, Marshall County, MN, the son of Hans and Marie (Haugen) Hvidsten. He was baptized into the Lutheran Faith and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, Stephen, MN. He attended country school in Wanger Township and attended Warren High School for one year at Warren, MN. Following school he stayed and helped on the family farm. Orville moved to Minneapolis, MN for a short time.

On June 25, 1948, Orville was united in marriage to Verna Hamberg. The couple made their home on the family farm in Wanger Township until 1969, when they moved to Thief River Falls, MN. In 1970, they built their own home, where they have since resided. He worked at Arctic Cat, the alfalfa plant and also at the turkey plant. In 1978, Orville and Verna started Rainbow Nursery, which they ran until 2000. They sold produce and also sold Christmas trees. He was known for his geraniums. He was a hard worker all his life.

Orville was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, near Stephen, MN until moving to Thief River Falls, when they joined Redeemer Lutheran Church. He enjoyed learning through reading, especially the Bible and encyclopedias. Orville always found Noah’s Ark very interesting and was always amazed by the spectacular stories of the Bible. He was an avid domino player, horse-shoe player and played chess and checkers. He loved spending time with his family.

Orville is survived by wife, Verna, Thief River Falls, MN; 6 children, Susan Geiszler, Lake Havasu City, AZ, James Hvidsten, Edina, MN, Marie (Larry) Haugen Hvidsten, Moorhead, MN, Michael (Rebekah Richards) Hvidsten, St. Peter, MN, Steven Hvidsten, Duluth, MN and Scott (partner, Paul Griffin) Hvidsten, Minneapolis, MN; 10 grandchildren, Nicole Geiszler, Erika (Mark) Fetterman, Christopher Roadfeldt, Alicia Roadfeldt, Teri Haugen, Tara Haugen, Trevor (Sarah) Haugen, David Hvidsten, Sarah Hvidsten and Nathan Hvidsten; 9 great grandchildren, Logan Fetterman, Ethan Roadfeldt, Carter Roadfeldt, Kyler Haugen, Alex Haugen, Tory Bang, Tamara Abbene, Tina Abbene and Tristen Abbene; a sister, Edith Biscay, Madera, CA and 5 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Peter Jon; parents; 7 brothers and sisters, Anne, Clara, Ben, Melvin, Harold, Raymond and Mae.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky