Sigvald B. Oyen
Ancestry from Horg, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

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 years.

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 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1998 and one brother.


NOTE:  Sigvald was the son of Brynjulf Horgøyen (Øyen), and grandson of John B.Horgøyen (Øyen), as found on page 14-15 of Horgboka 3. John B. Øyen came to America in 1867 and settled near Watson, Minnesota in Tunsberg Township.

Submitted by Ardell Drube

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