FAIRMONT - Funeral services for Orville W. Austin, 92, of Fairmont, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 4, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont. Burial with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin County VFW Post 1222 will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, Fairmont.
Orville passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his home in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Orville Willard Austin was born April 8, 1921, in Manyaska Township, Martin County, Minn., the son of Adin and Mabel (Plumhoff) Austin. He attended District 11 country school in Rutland Township. In July of 1942, Orville was drafted in the U.S. Army and served overseas during WW II and was wounded in the Colmar Pocket with the 3rd Division in Germany. He came back home on Dec. 23, 1945, and was awarded the Purple Heart Award and the Combat Infantry Badge. On Feb. 23, 1947, he was united in marriage to Virginia Simon at the Fairmont Congregational Church. They farmed together first in Fairmont for 15 years, Jackson for 2 years, then Welcome for 8 years before purchasing a farm near Sleepy Eye, where Orville milked cows and farmed for many years. In 2002, Orville and Virginia retired from farming and moved back to Fairmont. Orville and Virginia were blessed with five children:?Prudie, Daniel, Lanny, Tom and Joel. Orville was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont and life member of the Martin Co. VFW Post 1222. He was also a member of the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 1222 and the Disabled American Veterans. Orville loved fishing, watching sports, playing cards and cribbage. A proud moment for Orville was when he received his high school diploma from Fairmont High School through the Veterans Association.
Those who will cherish his memory include his wife of 67 years, Virginia Austin of Fairmont; four children, Prudie Murphy of Fairmont, Daniel Austin of Fairmont, Lanny Austin of Columbus, Ohio, and Joel Austin of Jackson, Minn.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents, Adin and Mabel Austin; a son, Thomas Austin; an infant son; a brother, Merle Austin; sister, Velma Wolner; brother-in-law, Joel Wolner; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Austin.