Orville Loftness, a lifelong resident of the Gibbon area, died Aug. 27, 2014, at the age of 95.
Orville leaves behind his wife Marilyn; sons Theodore (Mary) of Litchfield, MN; Greg of Blaine, MN; Paul of Gibbon; and daughter Mary of Denver, CO. Orville will also be missed by his 7 granddaughters, Siri, Maren, Megan, Erin, Laura, Amy, and Bryn, and one great grandson, Theodore.
Born on the family farm in Severance Township to Norwegian immigrants-Gregor Loftness and Anna (Andersen) Loftness, Orville was the youngest of nine children, with all of his siblings preceding him in death. He completed high school in Gibbon and later completed a program at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.
Orville served in the Army Air Corps in World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a mechanic on B-17 and B-29 bombers. In 1947, Orville and his brother Melvin started Gibbon Electric and they worked together for 45 years.
Orville was married to Marilyn Anderson in 1953, and they built a home in Gibbon, where he lived until shortly before his death. Orville was a volunteer fire fighter in Gibbon for 20 years. He enjoyed time with his family, spending years building a lake cabin near Battle Lake, MN. An avid woodworker, he took pride in crafting Norwegian cabinets and kubbestol chairs. He also shared a lifelong hobby of restoring antique automobiles with his brother Melvin.
A private family gathering is being held to honor his long life as a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be buried at the Clear Lake Norwegian Cemetery.