HANSKA - Orville Grams, 96, of Hanska, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Donald Sutton officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm with Full Military Honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Hanska and will continue for one hour prior to the time of the service at the church on Wednesday. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
Orville is survived by his son and daughters-in-law, Don and Kay Grams, Carla Grams all of Hanska; son-in-law, Charles Olson of Hanska; ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Hazel Grams of Slayton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Myrtle Grams on Sept. 11, 1990; daughter, Dorene Olson; son, Daryl Grams; sisters and brothers-in-law, Opal and Oswald Harris, Ruth and John Dihel, Lois and Wally Waibel; and brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Betty Grams.
Orville George Grams was born on Feb. 22, 1917 in Westbrook to Henry and Agnes (Manderfeld) Grams. He served in the Army National Guard from Nov. 30, 1940 to Sept. 17, 1945. On Oct. 17, 1945 he was united in marriage to Myrtle Tetzlaff at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. After marriage they lived in Cambria, Linden Township, and then moved to Hanska in 1956. He owned and operated the East Side Tavern in Hanska until 1980. Orville had also worked at the Schell's Brewery in New Ulm. He had been the mayor of Hanska for several terms and was a 20-year veteran of the Hanska Fire Department. Orville enjoyed dancing, old time music, bowling and playing cards.
He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, the V.F.W. in Madelia, American Legion Post 365 in Hanska and had been a member of the New Ulm Auxiliary Police.