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Orville Melvin Gerber

Orville Melvin Gerber, of New York Mills, Minn. and formerly of Howard Lake, passed away at his home in New York Mills Nov. 28, 2001 at 75 years of age.

He was born May 13, 1926 in Victor, Minn. His parents were the late Edward and Agnes (Kretz) Gerber.

Orv was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, and attended Howard Lake High School. He graduated from Arlington High School with the class of 1944.

Orv entered the United States Navy in 1944, and served as Gunners Mate on the USS McKean and the USS Prairie, doing occupation duty off the coast of Japan. Orv was honorably discharged from the United States Navy June 17, 1946.

After the service, Orv joined his parents in operating a dairy in Ogilvie.

Orv was united in marriage with Jeanne Baker in Ogilvie Aug. of 1948. Their marriage was blessed with two children.

He attended the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for two years, and then worked as a night supervisor at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Minneapolis until 1956.

Orv moved on to working at the Mora Country Club as the Golf Supervisor and then worked in stainless steel milk drying equipment manufacturing and set up, and also plant manager.

Orv and Jeanne purchased the Eagle Cafe in New York Mills June of 1984, and worked in operations of the cafe until his death.

Orv loved hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, and the outdoors in general. He also enjoyed visiting with customers and employees at the Eagles Cafe.

Orv served as treasurer and congregational president in both Ogilvie and Mora churches and served with the Ogilvie Fire Department for 22 years. He served as mayor and council member in Ogilive. He also served as the American Legion Commander in Mora and as the VFW Commander in New York Mills. Orv was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Orv is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jeanne Gerber of New York Mills; two sons, Tim (Patty) Gerber of Rochester and Tom (Julie) Gerber of New York Mills; two granddaughters, Jenica and Sierra; three grandsons, Joshua, Jackson and Jace; three sisters, Gladys (John) White of Grand Junction, Colo., Merla (David) Berg of Braham, Minn., Bernes (James) Eklund of Grapevine, Texas; many other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Orville Gerber were Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with the Rev. Jon Haakana officiating.

The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Ardis Esala. Special music was provided by Gary and Laurie Bach.

The pallbearers were Bill Farbo, Mike Berg, Lorron Moffatt, Andy Bosshart, Tom Keskitalo, and Chad Keskitalo.

Military honors were provided by the Charles D. Center VFW Post 3289 of New York Mills.

Orville was laid to rest in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn.

Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen and Son Funeral Home of New York Mills.

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