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Orville Arthur Heldt

Funeral services celebrating the life of Orville Arthur Heldt, age 81 of Lester Prairie, were Sunday Feb. 26 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Orville died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

He was born July 6, 1924, the son of Andrew and Lena (Zuehl) in Lester Prairie. Orville was baptized that day in the family’s home. He was confirmed May 21, 1944, with his confirmation verse being John 3:16.

In early years, Orville had worked for two of his uncles doing farm work and hauling milk cans. For the majority of his working life, he was employed by Bongards Creameries.

Orville had lived in Lester Prairie with his sister, Lila. After his sister’s death, he took residence with a dear friend of his, Darlene Heuer.

Since December of 2005, Orville has been a resident of the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care Unit.

Orville enjoyed eating out and attending parades.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Lila Heldt and Deloris Heldt; and brother-in-law Orland Schmidt.

Orville is survived by his sister, Gladys Schmidt of New Germany; niece Wendy Kellermann (husband Arlo) of New Germany; nephews Randy Schmidt (wife Kathy) of New Germany, and Jerry Schmidt (friend Melinda Voss-Anderson) of Silver Lake; great nieces and nephews Nathan Kellermann (wife Janelle), Paul Kellermann, Sarah Kellermann, Hiedi Broll (husband Greg), Holli Schmidt, and Hilary Schmidt; five great-great nieces and nephews; and special friend Darlene Heuer of Lester Prairie.

The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the 3 p.m. funeral service. Marsha Christenson was the organist, and the congregational hymns were “I’m But A Stranger Here,” “My Faith Looks Up To Thee,” and “Abide With Me.” Interment was in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Randy Schmidt, Terry Schmidt, Arlo Kellermann, Nathan Kellermann, Paul Kellermann, and Norman Heldt.

Visitation took place two hours prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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