Orville Fischer, 82, of Owatonna

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2006

Orville F. Fischer , 82, of Owatonna, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, of a cardiac arrest at his home.

He was born April 8, 1923, at home in Freeborn County, the son of Frank and Mildred (Guenther) Fischer. He attended country school #81. Orville married Darleen Larson in Walters, on Nov. 25, 1945. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2005. After graduation Orville farmed around Alden. In 1944 he started work at Midway Body Shop in Albert Lea. Orville started farming near Albert Lea in 1951. He later moved his family to the family farm near Alden. Orville went to Jackson Community College and earned a degree in building maintenance and engineering in 1965. That September he started work for the Owatonna Public School District. He worked there for 20 years until retiring in 1985. Orville enjoyed fixing anything that didn’t work, especially old cars, snowmobiles, accordions, and motorcycles. He loved to attend auctions, go fishing, tell stories and make people laugh. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Orville was a charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Owatonna Car Nuts.

Orville is survived by his wife Darleen of Owatonna; his son Gary (Diane) Fischer of Rochester; his daughter, Karen (Ralph) Nelson of Owatonna; five grandchildren Bruce (Trisha) Nelson of Owatonna, Jill (Kyro) Lantsberger of Owatonna, Lori Fischer of Minneapolis, and Lisa and Kari Fischer, both of Rochester; five great-grandchildren, Courtney, Parker and Amber Nelson, and Connor and Hannah Lantsberger; and a sister, Ardus (Tenford) Sanderson of Alden.

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He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Kenneth and Donald Fischer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Owatonna. The Rev. Ron Gilthvedt will be officiating. Visitation will be held Friday at Michaelson Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.