[Spencer Daily Reporter nameplate] Fair ~ 81°F  
High: 80°F ~ Low: 62°F
Monday, May 30, 2016

Orville L. Carlson

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Services for Orville L. Carlson, 92, of Spirit Lake, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at United Methodist Church of Spirit Lake. Rev. Kay Hooper will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at Memory Gardens in Spirit Lake.

Orville passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.

Orville Lee Carlson, son of Carl John and Rebecca (Johnson) Carlson, was born on March 12, 1915, in Adelthi. He attended Hauge Country Grade School and graduated from Lake Center School. He served in the United States Navy on the APA 200 Marathon Ship.

Orville was united in marriage to Lucille Ellen Duncan in the grandstands at the Great Clay County Fair in Spencer on Sept. 18, 1937. The family lived in Spirit Lake, Spencer and Windom, Minn. before moving to Orleans in 1958.

He worked for Swift & Co., Jr. Watkins, Farm Bureau, managed CD farm service, worked at Reeds Run Resort and as a salesman for Abundavita. Orville also served as Mayor of Orleans. He began his work in real estate at Van Dyke Carlson Real Estate and continued as a broker at Orville Carlson Real Estate in Spirit Lake.

He has been involved in the Christian Church in Spencer, as well as the Methodist Church in Spencer and Spirit Lake. Orville volunteered as a fireman and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Star, Iowa Realtor’s Association, American Legion, Rotary and Kiwanis. He also worked for the Dickinson County Sheriff’s trail patrol.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; daughter, Judith Jensen; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his parents and twin siblings in infancy.

Orville is survived by his daughter, Karen Thoreson and her husband, Chuck of Okoboji and Bradenton, Fla.; sons: Gary Carlson and his wife, Martha of Spirit Lake, and John Carlson and his wife, Jo of Bellevue, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters; and one brother.