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Melvin Orlyn Norine

Melvin Orlyn Norine, age 84 of Dassel, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home.

Melvin was born May 29, 1916, in Grove City, Minn., to Alfred and Olga (Fordahl) Norine. He was baptized in Grove City, and grew up on the west side of Collinwood Lake, where he attended Collinwood School.

On Feb. 18, 1939, Melvin married Dorene Johnson at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. To this union, three sons were born.

The couple first lived in Dassel, where Melvin started farming and working for R. C. Johnson. They then moved to Cokato, and Melvin went to work for Johnson Produce.

Later, Melvin went into partnership with Myron Anderson in the produce business, buying and selling eggs and chicken, etc. Melvin also worked at Lake Region Co-op, delivering fuel oil, and at Harkman Oil.

Melvin loved fishing, hunting, gardening, and was especially good at wood-working. He was also an avid reader.

At the time of his death, Melvin had reached the age of 84 years, eight months, and 24 days.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorene; his sons, Jim (Jacie) of Myrtle Beach, S. C., Don of Hutchinson, and Brad (Debbie) of Annandale; grandchildren, Reid (Julie) Norine of Oakdale, Minn., Julie (Jim) Carlson of Hutchinson, Troy (Melinda) Norine of Eau Claire, Wis., and Tanya Cervone of Springfield, Va.; and six great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by a brother, Reuben Norine of Litchfield, a sister, Bernice Wandeschied of Oregon; a brother-in-law, Gary Johnson; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; his brother, Chester; sisters, Mavis and Alice; and a brother-in-law, Mike.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato, with the Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. Music was by Karen Anderson and Sheldon Hedin. Interment followed at Cokato City Cemetery.

Casket bearers were James Carlson, Kevin Compton, Troy Norine, Dennis Compton, Reid Norine, and Wendy Norine.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Inc., Cokato and Howard Lake.

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