Ness, Orville Clifford (1923-2015)

Orville Ness of Thief River Falls, MN, formerly of Holt, MN, and Middle River, MN, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the age of 92 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls with his loving family by his side.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at First Lutheran Church in Middle River, MN, with Rev. Cathie Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at the Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Monday, August 10, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, with Larry Myhrer officiating. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Tuesday.

Orville Clifford Ness, the son of Nils and Elizabeth (Ellingson) Ness was born on August 2, 1923 in Holt Township, Marshall County. He went to school in Holt, MN, and grew up in the Holt area. In his teen years he worked on the family farm and also worked for farmers in the neighborhood.

On April 24, 1946 he married Mildred Niemela. They lived on their farm in Excel Township where they worked together raising small grains, hay, and cattle until 1984 when they moved to Middle River. In 1995 they moved to Thief River Falls where they have since resided.

Orville enjoyed music, dancing, gardening, and reminiscing about the olden days with anyone who was willing to listen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Mildred “Mike” of Thief River Falls, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Johnny, Einar, and Clarence and sisters Alice Ueland, Thilda Olson, Clara J. Reierson and Myrtle Silverness.

Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky