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Orvin Christianson

Oct. 20, 1922-Jan. 28, 2009

Former Osage resident Orvin N. Christianson, 86, of Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at the Broen Memorial Home in Fergus Falls.

Orvin was born the son of Ludvig and Hannah (Thorson) Christianson on Oct. 20, 1922 in Osage, where he grew up and attended country school. He also attended Detroit Lakes Technical School for welding and then began working at a defense plant in Michigan City, Ind. While working there, Orvin was drafted into the United States Army and served in various countries in Europe during World War II. He was injured at the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was also awarded medals for his marksmanship.

On June 28, 1958, Orvin married Mae Kratzke at St. Paul's Loon Lake Lutheran Church near Vergas. During the years, Orvin worked in various jobs, including foreman at the West Central Turkey Plant and head custodian at the Fergus Falls Community College.

Orvin was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. As a young man he was a member of St. Paul's Loon Lake Lutheran Church, serving on the finance committee. He was also a member of the Pelican Rapids VFW and Fergus Falls Kiwanis.

Orvin enjoyed tinkering around the house and inventing things. He also enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and walking his dog, Goldie.

Surviving Orvin are his wife, Mae Christianson of Fergus Falls; son, Len (Cathy) Christianson of Fergus Falls; two grandchildren; one sister, Stella Dormanan of Frazee; and one brother, Kennard (Betty Ann) Christianson of Great Falls, Mont.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Morris and Alden; and one sister, Ruth.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at Faith Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, with the Rev. Craig Palach officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services at the church.

Burial will be in St. Paul's Loon Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Vergas, with military participation by the Pelican Rapids VFW.

Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls is providing arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at