He was born April 10, 1917 in Hazel, S.D. to Carl and Emma (Hallauer) Polzin. Orville grew up in the Watertown-Hazel area of South Dakota. After graduating high school he went on to attend the Brookings School of Agriculture. In the late 1930s he moved to the Braham-Grasston area and worked for several different farmers for a few years.
In March 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He was stationed in Africa and later Europe. Orville was honorably discharged in October 1945.
On April 26, 1946 he was united in marriage to Ruth Beck at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham; to this union two children were born. They raised their family on the farm in Harris where he and Ruth farmed for many years. Orville also worked for a time at the Arsenal Ammunition Plant. After retiring from full time dairy farming in the early 1970s, Orville and Ruth remained on the farm, and Orville would continue hobby farming with his draft horses even until he was 90 years old. He was forced to give up his hobby farm after declining health and moved to Carsten’s Harbor and more recently The Haven House.
Orville was a longtime member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Northern Minnesota Draft Horses Association. He enjoyed his draft horses, mules, ponies, his cats and his dogs. Orville and Ruth loved to square dance and were members of the North Branch Square Dance Club. Orville loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth in August 2005, brothers Leslie and Edward Polzin, sisters-in-law Dallas Polzin, Marion Duggan and brother-in-law John Duggan.
Orville is survived by his daughter Susan Carew of Harris, son John and wife Doreen Polzin of Mora, grandchildren Kevin Carew and special friend Gina Mullen of Cambridge, Jennifer and husband Tim Wicht of Day, Amanda and husband Andy Mathiebe of Brillion, Wis, Nikki Polzin of Two Rivers, Wis., four step grandchildren Trisha Curtis and husband Brent of Cambridge, Nicole and husband Tim Kram of Harris, Sara and husband Eric Norby and Shawna and husband Jon Mullen Eardly, eight great grandchildren Rachael Carew, Jeremiah Babb, Logan Mathiebe, Kirsten and Hunter Curtis, Emily and Westyn Kram, Mckenzie Mullen Eardly, one great great grandson Aidan Carew, brothers Winfred Polzin of Cambridge, Roland “Bozo” and wife Luella “Honey” Polzin of Isanti, sisters-in-law Margie Polzin of Cambridge, Louise Polzin of Hermantown, as well as numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 20, 2012 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Organist will be Carol Schmakel. Pallbearers will be Kevin Carew, Jennifer Wicht, Tim Wicht, Jeremiah Babb, Raymond Polzin and Rich Polzin. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Orville’s grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandson, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Interment will be in the Rise Lake Cemetery in Braham. The family would like to thank Haven House staff for all of their extra special care for Grandpa these past few years, they were his angels. And a special thank you to Scott Kent for his extra care. He will be truly missed. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.