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Charles Orrin Abbey
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1928
Gilby
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 2009
Fargo
Cass County
North Dakota, USA

Charles Orrin Abbey of Grand Forks, ND, died Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at the Veteran's Hospital in Fargo, ND, surrounded by his family.

Orrin was born on October 20, 1928 in Gilby, ND, the son of Pearl and Charles Abbey. He was raised in Gilby where he graduated from high school. Orrin attended the Wahpeton State School of Science following graduation from high school.

In 1950, Orrin married Marilyn Nygard of Grafton, ND. They had five children together, Deborah, Karen, Merle, Kathy, and Steven. The day before their marriage, he received notice that he was drafted. Orrin served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in France. He worked as a federal potato inspector, in real estate sales, and in numerous agriculture related fields. Orrin was very involved in community activities including serving as president of East Grand Forks District 595 School Board. In 1986 Orrin and Marilyn Berg of Fisher, MN were united in marriage. They have been residing in Fisher, MN for the last three years.

Orrin enjoyed his retirement greatly, spending time traveling, cooking, gardening, and taking leisurely drives around the countryside. He adored spending time with his family and had a special love for his grandchildren. He followed every activity and event they were involved in and loved every minute of it. Orrin had an impeccable memory for names and would go out of his way to greet both those he knew and did not know with a friendly smile and a strong handshake. He will be forever missed by those who loved and knew him.

Orrin is survived by his wife Marilyn Berg Abbey, children Deborah Abbey, Karen (Greg) Walski, Merle (Bryan) Martinovich, Kathy (Kevin) Nelson, and Steven (Cherie) Abbey, grandchildren Karina, Kyle, Kate, Matthew, Abbey, Aaron, David, Jake, Sarah, Jordan, Jaymy, Blake, Beau, and Brad, 11 great-grandchildren, brother Kenneth, and many nieces and nephews. Orrin is also survived by Marilyn's children and grandchildren who were all very special to him. They are Loren (Nancy) Berg, Diane (Randy) Rapacz, Karen (Gary) Paulson, Annette (Randy) Gust, Darrin (Michelle) Berg, grandchildren Andrew, Matthew, Amanda, Shawn, Josh, Rachel, Samantha, Kayleigh, Tyler, Alexis, and 5 greatgrandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Merle and Donna, and brother Sam.

A celebration of Orrin's life will be held at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 South 42nd St., Grand Forks, ND on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 11am. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral service.
 
 
Burial:
Memorial Park South
Grand Forks
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA
 
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Dec 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45623616
Charles Orrin Abbey
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In your honor Orrin.
- In memory of Vivian Zetter of Sheyenne, ND.
 Added: Dec. 19, 2009
 
 
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