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6/12/2013 12:35:00 PM
Orville Leverenz

Orville Leverenz, 95, of Windom died June 4, 2013, at his home in rural Windom.
Memorial services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Bergen with Pastor Tim Wrenn officiating.
Special music will be provided by Carol Sandve, organist.
Honorary bearers will be Orville's grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Leva Leverenz, Jozie Rushmeyer, Alicia Estrellado, Wyatt Bloch, Lyric Leverenz and Harrison Estrellado.
Interment with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 206 of Windom will follow the service.
Inurnment will be at a later date at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in rural Bergen.
Visitation will continue today at the church in rural Bergen for one hour prior to services.
Orville Lloyd Leverenz was born March 29, 1918, to Richard Martin and Ella (Olson) Leverenz in McIntosh, Polk County. The family lived in Bergen before moving to Polk County in 1915 where they bought a farm. They returned to Bergen in 1920.
Orville received his education at the Bergen country school and Windom High School.
He helped work the family farm until 1942 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. Orville served in the European Theater, including England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He received his honorable discharge in September 1945.
A month after his discharge, Orville married Lula Russell in Albany, Ore. They returned to Bergen and lived in the area the rest of their married lives.
Orville spent his working years farming and doing carpenter work for Asley Leen, Peterson and Madson Construction, and Holmen Construction. He also worked for 11 years as a custodian in the Windom School District.
In earlier years, Orville played first base on the Bergen fast-pitch softball team.
In later years, he enjoyed playing cribbage and pool with friends at the senior center. He also continued doing carpenter work for many people, and volunteered his carpentry and
"fix-it" skills at the Cottonwood County Historical Society.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Dan and Todd Leverenz; a sister, Burnette Leverenz; and two brothers, Jasper and Earl Leverenz.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lula Leverenz of Windom; his children: Larry Leverenz of Billings, Mont.; Jane Leverenz of Mankato; Ramona Leverenz and Beth (Todd) Bloch, all of Windom; daughter-in-law, Jane B. Leverenz of Pine City; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Almyra Hutton of Tucson, Ariz.; and Carolyn Overaas of Jackson; and a brother, Lester Leverenz of Minneapolis.

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