Oren D. Abraham, 89, was born in Mankato, MN, on September 4, 1924, to Herbert and Laura (Manthe) Abraham. Oren passed away peacefully in Naples, FL, on August 30, 2014. He joins his parents and twin brother, Arlo, in their Heavenly Home.
Oren attended District 20 School outside of Madelia, MN, through the 8th grade. He graduated from New Ulm High School and continued his education at the Normal School. He enlisted in the Army and served in France and Germany in WWII. Oren's ability to speak fluent German enabled him to serve as a translator at the end of the war. He was one of the soldiers who went from house to house announcing to the Germans and the prisoners of war in the concentration camps, "The war is over!"
After the war Oren returned home to finish his education at Mankato Teachers College. He taught English, Speech and Drama in LaMars, Iowa, Trimont, MN, and Benson, MN. He finished his teaching career at Brainerd Community College, retiring in 1982.
Oren enjoyed performing in many summer theater productions and singing in his church choirs. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, MN, and Christus Victor Lutheran in Naples. He was a member of The American Legion and the Elks Club.
Oren enjoyed reading. He especially enjoyed his daily paper even until his last days. Other hobbies and interests of Oren included: collecting antiques, refinishing furniture, fine art and music, woodworking and traveling. He was a member of The Friendship Force while living in Naples. This enabled him to travel, as well as host foreign visitors at his homes in MN and FL. In retirement, Oren lived first on Ruth Lake then West Twin near Pequot Lakes, MN. He spent winters in Florida where he built a home on Pine Island and later moved to Naples.
Those who knew Oren could appreciate how much he loved his family, friends and faith. His kind and caring ways along with his wry wit and warm friendship will be missed.
Those Oren leaves behind to cherish his memory are: brother, Lynn (Pat) Abraham of Hackensack, MN; nephew, Kraig Abraham of Naples, FL; nieces: Kim (Bob) Moe of Bonita Springs, FL, Karla (Craig) Seibert of Bonita Springs, FL, Lisa (Chuck) Doucet of Avon, MN, Tracy Abraham of Naples, FL.
He was preceded in death by family members and friends; parents, twin brother, Arlo; sister-in-law, Ivis Abraham; cousins, Lowell Lindeland, Mel Rolstad, Esther Feldbusch and Jerry Cluff.
Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN.