Wilson, Orville J.
B: 17 Apr 1909, Deer Creek, Minnesota
D: 30 Nov 1996, Hallock Memorial Nursing Home, Hallock, Minnesota
M: (1) 15 Aug 1937, Mildred Backstrom d. 1968.
M: (2) 26 Mar 1978, Ethel Walstedt, widow of Arvid Walstedt

FN: Joseph Wilson
MN: Mary Widmark

Children of Orville J. Wilson and Ethel Walstedt:

Kathleen Ann Wilson
B: Oct 1941
M: Ralph Jansen, New London, MN, son of Ben & Helen Jansen

Children of Ralph Jansen and Kathleen Ann Wilson:

Julie Lynn Jansen (adopted) in 1966

Colleen Beth Jansen
B: Aug 1967

Scott Andrew Jansen
B: 1977


Kittson County Enterprise Obituary, Dec. 11, 1996

Orville Wilson

Orville J. Wilson, 87, Hallock, died at the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home, Hallock, Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996.

He was born April 17, 1909, in Deer Creek, Minn., the son of Joseph and Mary (Widmark) Wilson. Orville spent most of his childhood in southwestern Minnesota and Wall, S.D. graduating from Wall High School in 1927.

He attended college in Aberdeen graduating with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1934. He taught Industrial Arts in Alvarado and coached football, basketball, track, golf and archery until 1938.

On Aug. 15, 1937, he was united in marriage to Mildred Backstom. In 1938, they moved to Hallock where he taught school and coached baseball.

In 1942, they moved to Noyes where he accepted a position as Immigration Inspector, serving in the position until 1943 when he enlisted in the Navy Seebees, serving in the Marianna Islands until the end of WWII. He moved his family to El Paso, Texas in 1946 and worked there in the U.S. Immigration Patrol until 1948.

Returning to Hallock, he helped start an Agsco retail store, working there until he was appointed postmaster in 1952. He retained that position until he retired in 1969.

Mildred died in 1968. Orville married Ethel Walstedt in 1978 at Hallock. He was a member of the Hallock Lion's Club, serving as president; the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, trustee, chairman of the building committe, Sunday school teacher and was also a Boy Scout master for many years.

He was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter, an active member of the Hallock Curling Club and was instrumental in building the golf course in Hallock, as well as the band shell in Horseshoe Park.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel; a daughter, Kathleen (Ralph) Jansen, New London, Minn.; three grandchildren; two stepsons, Warren (Ortie) and Dennis (Flo) Kinshella both of San Diego; a step grandson; two step great grandsons; and a sister Joyce (Richard) Behren, Grand Coulee, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred; a brother, Glen; and a sister, Mildred.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, 11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Hallock. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock. Rev. David Endriss, presiding.

Special music was performed by grandchildren, Julie Nosser, Scott Jansen and Colleen Heck.

Honorary pallbearers were Casper Mattson, Allison Hunt, Duane Nordling, Harold Younggren, Charles Reese, Bob Nelson, and T.J. Nosser.

Pallbearers were Jim Younggren, Bryan Younggren, Harley Younggren, Vincent Mattson, Earl Glidden and Mike Heck.

Hughes Funeral Home, Hallock was in charge of arrangements.