Orion Jerome Bakken

Orion Jerome Bakken

Orion Jerome Bakken, 81, died after a battle with cancer in his home with his wife and family by his side on Monday, March 13, 2017.
He was born on August 30, 1935 in Appleton, MN, Swift County to Ole J. And Helen (Larson) Bakken. They lived in Milan, MN on the Larson homestead until Orion was 8 years old. They then moved to Montevideo for four years. Later they bought the Larson farm and moved back to Milan where he lived until 1953.
Orion attended grade school at District 49, a one room school house, through 8th grade and graduated from high school in 1953 from Milan, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Milan Methodist Church. He joined the Army in December 1953 and spent three years as a sentry dog handler. He spent 15 months in Korea. He then went to Minneapolis where he spent 33 years driving semi at Mercury Century and retired in 1991. On October 18, 1958, he married Kathryn Ivy Fogard and they lived in Minneapolis until 1965. They had three boys Mike, Greg and Brad. They moved to Stanchfield, MN and bought the old Bilander and Bismark farm. He was an avid collector of Farmall tractors in his retirement years and also enjoyed restoring them.
In 2006, they sold the farm to granddaughter Aliesha, had an auction and sold all of his Farmalls and then moved to Underwood, MN. This is where Kitty was born and raised. Orion loved to play cards and spent three times a week playing at the senior center. He also enjoyed once a month taking the senior bus to the casino where he also got cheaper cigs there!! The summer of 2015 he decided to restore a Honda 1974 Elsimore MR50 dirt bike used at Nascar for a pit bike, that model was made only one year. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed, especially that bossy attitude of his.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; children, Mike Bakken and special friend Sandy Hanson of Stanchfield, MN, Greg Bakken and special friend Kristi Boudreau of Braham, MN; daughter-in-law Terry Bakken and special friend Jerry Kopp of Stanchfield, MN; grandchildren, Aliesha (Danny) Boettcher of Stanchfield, MN, Reed (Kim) Bakken of Stanchfield, MN, Steve (Laura) Bakken of Cambridge, MN and Brian Bakken of Andover, MN; and great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Paiton, Dakota, Conner, Westin and Colbie; brother, Richard (Toots) Bakken of Cold Spring, MN; and sister, Kathryn (Donald) Henkelman of Correll, MN.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ole and Helen Bakken, sister Elna Hanson and son Brad Bakken.
The family requests that memorials may be made to Lakeland Hospice in the memory of Orion Bakken.
A Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Braham Event Center in Braham, MN.

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