Orval Anderson, 97, of rural Balaton died peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Tyler Healthcare Center. Pastor Lori VonHoltum will lead a funeral service to remember Orval’s contributions to our lives and community at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Balaton. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Interment is in Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Orval Oscar Anderson was born October 3, 1915 at the family homestead on the southeast quarter of section two in Leota Township, Nobles County. He was the sixth of 10 children born to Oscar and Florence (Vail) Anderson, and one of eight to survive to adulthood.
Orval was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at the Presbyterian Church of Leota. He attended rural school through grade eight and then ninth grade 17 miles away in Adrian. In September 1932 Orval began driving a Ford Model A, 12 miles to Edgerton, loaded with his sister, Lucille and other youngsters from the neighborhood. Orval graduated from Edgerton High School in 1935 with his sister, Lucille and future wife, Marjorie Gamber, as classmates.
It can be said Orval began farming when he began walking. Few took to farming more naturally than he. It was his calling. He loved the land. He loved seed time, tending and harvest. Orval loved a farmstead and pastures full of livestock, especially horses and Angus cattle.
As a 4-H boy, he showed Angus calves year by year at the Nobles County Fair and Minnesota State Fair. In early spring 1939, Orval moved with his parents and younger brother, Robert Fay, to a farm on the west side of Rock Lake in Lyon County. It was there that he married Marjorie Gamber November 16, 1939.
The couple made their home with Orval’s parents for one year. In early spring 1941, Orval and Marjorie secured a farm along U.S. Highway 14, two miles east of Florence.
He and Marjorie worked this family farm and reared four children there. Orval served as a Shelburne Township officer for many decades, and as a property assessor for many years assessing four townships.
Marjorie died in November 1977, and Orval continued to work his farm.
Orval married Mildred Habben in January 1979 and continued to work his farm. Mildred died in August 2000. Nevertheless, Orval continued to work his farm until the summer of 2011 when frail health beset him.
In life, he always returned more than he took.
Orval is survived by four children: Ronald (Roxana) Anderson of Chicago, Ill., Rodger (Marlys) Anderson of Schenectady, N.Y., Beverly Sullivan of rural Balaton and Charles (Judith) Anderson of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Page 2 of 2 - Also surviving are step-daughter, Audrey (Ronnie) Roth of Pipestone; step-son, Darwin Habben of Omaha, Neb.; 14 grandchildren, including John (Monica Zilka) Sullivan and their children Olivia and Gwen of Holland, Matthew and daughter Natalie of Redwood Falls, Daniel (Christine) and son Connor of Morton, Kim Schwerin and children Kale and Kaden of Balaton and Katrina Sullivan and children Collin and Harley of Sacred Heart; 17 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 23 step-great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two wives, five sisters, four brothers, step-daughter, Delores (Dennis) Mead and son-in-law Gerald Sullivan.