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Orville Kenneth Lien

August 23, 1920 September 12, 2018
Orville Kenneth Lien
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Obituary for Orville Kenneth Lien

Orville K. Lien, 98, of Worthington, MN, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Hospice Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Born on August 23, 1920 to Arthur and Nanny (Trygg) Lien in Adams, ND, Orville attended rural school in Vesta Township and graduated from Walsh County Agricultural and Training School in 1938. On September 14, 1941, Orville married his eternal love Verna Wang, and in October, they moved to California where their two children, Carolyn and Lonald were born. Orville and Verna both worked in the Defense Plant. Orville joined the Navy in 1944 and was discharged in 1945 due to a service-related injury. He graduated from East Los Angeles Junior College in 1949. In 1950, the Lien family moved to Worthington, MN and Orville purchased Thorsness Hardware which became Lien Electric. Lon joined the business in 1970, and they worked side by side until Orville retired at age 94 in 2014. Orville was a Commander of the American Legion in Worthington, Chairman of the City Center Association, Chamber of Commerce President (1979), and a charter member of the Worthington Elks Lodge #2287. Orville was a member of First Lutheran Church in Worthington, where he served on the finance and other committees for many years. In 2012, Orville received the Community Service Award from the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his many years of civic service to the city of Worthington.
Orville was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn (George) Hoffman of Cathedral City, CA; son, Lonald (Ginny) Lien of Worthington, MN; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Harvey Lien of Fargo, ND; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Verna; his parents, Arthur and Nanny; his sister, Nollie Pucket; brothers, Russel Lien and Glen Lien; son-in-law, George Hoffman; and granddaughter, Rachael Mitchell.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11am, with visitation beginning at 10am, at First Lutheran Church in Worthington, with Rev. Jeanette McCormick officiating. Honorary bearers will be Orville's grandchildren John Hoffman, Ryan Lien, Andrew Lien, Jon Lien, Danya Thomsen-Orellana, Dawn Thomsen, Dustin Thomsen, Dale Thomsen, and Darcie Thomsen. Private burial will precede the services in the Worthington Cemetery.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

18

Sep

10:00 AM 9/18/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/18/2018 11:00:00 AM
First Lutheran Church

1200 4th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

First Lutheran Church
1200 4th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Tuesday

18

Sep

11:00 AM 9/18/2018 11:00:00 AM
First Lutheran Church

1200 4th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

First Lutheran Church
1200 4th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Worthington Cemetery Final Resting Place

Nobles St
Worthington, MN 56187

Nobles St Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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