Orville R. Stewart, 96

Orville Roy Stewart, age 96, of Dassel, formerly of Cokato, died Thursday, March 5, 2015.

He was born Jan. 12, 1919, in Kerkhoven, MN, the son of James and Ruth (Nichols) Stewart. Orville grew up in Stanley, WI, where he attended school to the eighth grade, and helped on the family farm.

He was inducted into the United States Army and served proudly overseas during World War II, as a sergeant military policeman, and later a mechanic and master welder.

Orville had been an active member of the Cokato American Legion Post 209 for over 65 years.

He was united in marriage to Marion June Wiethoff Feb. 10, 1946, in Stanley, WI. They made their home in Cokato, where Orville worked as a mechanic for several years before purchasing his own farmstead.

Orville and Marion worked the land and milked cattle together for over 50 years. In 2008, they moved to Dassel, where they made their home.

Orville was an active member of the Walker United Methodist Church in Howard Lake until its closing, and has been a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.

He enjoyed the times he shared with his son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, family and friends.

Orville was a talented mechanic who enjoyed restoring antique tractors and other farm equipment. He was also a talented woodworker and made many wood pieces with Marion.

Orville and Marion also enjoyed many travels together, including wintering in Arizona.

Orville is survived by his son, James (Irene) Stewart of Dassel; two grandchildren, Brent E. (Kimberly) Stewart of Darwin, and Bonnie Nelsen of Cokato; three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Marissa, and Lacie; a brother, Norman Stewart of Cokato; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Feb. 5, 2011; an infant son, Larry; his parents; a sister-in-law, Lucy Stewart; and a sister, June Hillmyer and her husband, Lloyd “Bud” Hillmyer.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment followed at the Cokato City Cemetery There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Military honors were conducted by Cokato American Legion Post 209.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.

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