Source: West Central Tribune - Aug 25, 2003
Sigvald B. Oyen
Feb. 22, 1916 - Aug. 22, 2003
MONTEVIDEO -- Sigvald Brynjolf Oyen, 87, of Montevideo died Friday at
Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire, Wis.
The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran
Church in Montevideo with the Rev. Kurt Hoover and the Rev. Wayne D.
Kopitzke officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today with a prayer service at
6:45 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Montevideo.
He was born Feb. 22, 1916, in Watson to Brynjolf and Selma (Swenson)
Oyen. He attended public schools in Montevideo, where he graduated in
1934. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in
1941, the same year he established a law practice with his college
roommate and lifelong friend, John P. Nelson.
He married Martha Carr on Sept. 7, 1940, in Montevideo. He served two
terms in the Minnesota State Legislature and two terms as Chippewa
County attorney. He retired from the law practice of Nelson, Oyen and
Torvik on Jan. 1, 1985.
He was active in church, serving as Sunday School teacher and
superintendent and congregational president. He was a member and
president of the Twelfth Judicial Bar Association, a 50-year member of
the Montevideo Kiwanis Club and was named to the Chippewa County
Historical Society's Hall of Fame. He was active in the Sons of
Norway, was the First Grand Walker in the local crop walk and
supported children in the Christian Children's Fund for more than 40
He is survived by daughters, Marilyn (and Michael) Carlson of Eau
Claire, Wis., and Charlotte (and Ron) Souter of Watertown, S.D.; son,
Martin (and Ann) Oyen of St. Paul; seven grandchildren; seven
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1998 and one brother.