Orven Morris Blegen was called home by his Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the age of 102.
Orven Blegen was born on March 29, 1917, in High Forest Township, Olmsted County, to Ole and Mary (Muri) Blegen. He grew up on the family farm in High Forest Township and attended country school. As was typical at the time, he completed eighth grade, then began farming with his parents.
Orven married Vera Marie Hass on June 21, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley. They lived off the farm for a short time, then moved to the Blegen family farmstead in a house the couple built and where they raised their five children.
Orven and Vera had a loving 60-year marriage until the Lord called Vera home in 2008. Orven and Vera's farm consisted of dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, a riding horse, and his cow dog Penny. Orven did his own mechanical work and often helped neighbors with repair and welding.
Orven was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, serving as an usher, Sunday school teacher and on various boards. He served on the Rock Dell Creamery Board for a few years. He enjoyed playing the violin and concertina.
For adventure. he rode motorcycle and in fact rode his 1939 Harley to the Black Hills in the mid-40's on gravel roads. To make the trip, he borrowed a tire off his dad's Allis Chalmers combine.
Orven also enjoyed going to antique tractor shows, plowing bees, and traveling with Vera and his children. Visiting with neighbors, friends, and especially family was time well spent for Orven.
Orven is survived by two daughters and a son, Ron (Mary) of Rochester, Mary Blegen of Stewartville, and Barb (Jeff) Lemke of Rochester; son-in-law Tom Coggins of Rochester; five grandchildren, Bryan (Charis) Coggins, Megan (Joshua) Swanson, Adam (Hailie) Lemke, JoAnne (Josh) Cormican and Amber Lemke; and three great-granddaughters, Breanna, Brynn and Lynnara.
He was preceded in death by his wifel Vera; a brother, Maynard and his wife Hazel; two daughters, Carol Coggins and Linda Trusty; and two sons-in-law, Garret (Beano) Trusty and Charles Jansen.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Byron Meline and the Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating. Burial will take place in Woodlawn cemetery immediately after service.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Orven are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.