Orval “Bud” Herman Birkholz, age 90, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
He was born May 19, 1921, in Lester Prairie, the son of Louis and Louise (Villwock) Birkholz. Orval was baptized as an infant June 5, 1921, by the Rev. W. Baumhoefener at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bergen Township, Lester Prairie; and later confirmed in his faith at the same church April 14, 1935, by the Rev. J.A. Schert.
Orval received his education in Lester Prairie, and was a graduate of the Lester Prairie High School class of 1941.
He entered active duty in the US Navy in 1942, and served in the Pacific during World War II.
Bud was united in marriage to Margaret Daggett Sept. 2, 1942, by the Rev. Stahlke at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. The couple made their home in Minneapolis until 1947, before settling permanently in Lester Prairie.
Bud and Marge shared nearly 62 years of marriage, until Marge passed away Sept. 1, 2004.
Bud worked construction for various local companies.
He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Bud enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, and watching sports. He cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Dale Birkholz and his wife, Jan, of Minnetonka; Alan Birkholz and his wife, Brenda, of Glencoe; Kaye Adickes of Lester Prairie; Charles Birkholz and his wife, Kris, of Montrose; and Anne Dahl and her husband, Paul, of Bloomington; grandchildren Kara Bayse and her husband, Ryan; Mathew Birkholz, Alex Birkholz, Emma Birkholz; Jennifer Bebo and her husband, Alan; Tricia Ford and her husband, Lee; Jeff Adickes, Angela Birkholz, Haley Birkholz, and Rachel Birkholz; great-grandchildren Alayna, Lydia, Mason, Ella, Ayla, and Brea; a sister-in-law, Doris Daggett of Hutchinson; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Margaret, Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Louise Birkholz; sisters Clarice Carlbom and Marvel Workman; and brothers Roland Birkholz and Bruce Birkholz.
The memorial service took place Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with visitation preceding the service. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated, and the organist was Marsha Christenson. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Abide With Me,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Bud’s grandchildren were honorary urn bearers.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.