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Orlend Mendle Mathison

  • Birth 16 Jul 1921 Big Stone County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 12 Jul 2007 Ortonville, Big Stone County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Ortonville, Big Stone County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 30029670

Orlend Mendle Mathison was born on July 16, 1921 to parents Severt and Nettie (Robertson) Mathison in Artichoke Township, MN. At age seven, his family moved to the farm where Orlend would eventually spend the next fifty years. Orlend met Irene Karels at a dance in Graceville. The two were united in marriage two years later on June 5, 1945, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rosen, MN. They enjoyed dancing together, fishing year round, and their morning cribbage games. To this union were born eight children: Curt, Mary, Jim, Terry, Debbie, Brenda, Joy, and Brian. Orlend and Irene spent over sixty-two loving years together prior to his passing.

Farming played a part in Orlend's life from the time he was a little boy with his father until he was a great-grandfather himself. At his father's insistence, Orlend left school following the eighth grade and took up farming full time. This led him to later buy his parents' farm and continue to work it while Irene took care of the children. Upon his retirement, Orlend and Irene moved to the shores of Big Stone Lake where they made their home for the next nineteen years. During his "retirement" Orlend continued to keep his hand in farming by selling feed. It was not until 1999 that the couple moved to town and true retirement finally began.

Orlend was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the board of the Odessa Elevator. In his free time, he enjoyed reading westerns, especially Louis L'Amour novels, and playing cards at the card parties that were held with friends. Orlend's retirement years were spent enjoying his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Orlend unquestioningly loved and supported his children throughout their lives and was very proud of them. He taught them through his quiet leadership the significance of honesty and integrity. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a strong but gentle man. He lived a life of sacrifice for his family and modeled the values he held.

Orlend passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2007, at the Northridge Residence Nursing Home in Ortonville, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents, Severt and Nettie; two brothers, Norel and Edloir Mathison, and his sister Gloria Bailey.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Mathison; children, Curt (Linda) Mathison; Mary (Al) Karels; Jim (Kathie) Mathison; Terry Freeman; Debbie (George) Peterson; Brenda Mathison (Rayla Allison); Joy Mathison (Mary Ann McArdle); and Brian (Stacy) Mathison; sixteen grandchildren, Erik Mathison, John Mathison, Christopher Mathison, Tyler Mathison, Alex Mathison, Matthew Freeman, Kevin Peterson, Anthony Karels, Gregory Karels, Jennifer Staves, Sarah Camarillo, Leah Mathison, Katie Freeman, Beth Freeman, Carolyn Peterson, Morgan Mathison, sixteen great-grandchildren, three sisters: Miranda Redfield; Dewona Amberg; and DeLyla Kraines; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either Rice Hospice or St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville, MN.


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  • Created by: Lori
  • Added: 24 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30029670
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Orlend Mendle Mathison (16 Jul 1921–12 Jul 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30029670, citing Mound Cemetery, Ortonville, Big Stone County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Lori (contributor 46873135) .