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Orren Hotvedt

November 1, 1913 — January 10, 2011

Orren Hotvedt, 97, Hoffman, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society-Hoffman.

Funeral: 11:00 am Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, Messiah Lutheran Church, Hoffman

Clergy: Rev. Nathan Thompson

Burial: Lands Cemetery, Hoffman

Visitation: 2-4 Sunday,Jan. 16, Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Hoffman; one hour prior to the service at church

Orren was born November 1, 1913, in rural Douglas County near Kensington to Henry and Lizzie (Gunderson) Hotvedt. He was baptized on December 7, 1913 and confirmed July 27, 1927 at Solem Lutheran Church, and attended country school through the 8th grade.

On May 4, 1940, Orren was married to Elfreda Olson at St. John's parsonage in Elbow Lake by Pastor Arthur Sorenson. There was no time for a honeymoon because Orren went right to work for Mcgarry Brothers Construction in White Rock, South Dakota. He eventually went to work for S. J. Groves & Sons, contractors out of Minneapolis and Springfield, Illinois. . Orren worked on the Bemidji and Alexandria airports, the O'Hare airport in Chicago, and numerous interstate highways during his career. He also worked at the atomic plant in Hanford, Washington, and Garrison Dam in Underwood, North Dakota, and on other projects in Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois. He retired as a superintendent of heavy equipment.He was a member of Local 150 Operating Engineers of Chicago since l941.

After retirement in 1977, he and Elfreda built a house in Hoffman where Orren was the envy of his neighbors for his meticulous lawn and garden. The couple enjoyed traveling in their motor home, shopping, and driving to see the sights including a long trip to Alaska. He had an interest in making mechanical things work, loved his John Deere tractor, and enjoyed fishing and deer hunting. Orren especially liked attending auction sales. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and served on Lands cemetery board for many years. Elfreda died on June 6, 2003.

Survivors include one sister, Edith Hedstrom of Hoffman, and two brothers, Merlyn (Catherine) Hotvedt of Plymouth and Bennie Hotvedt of Farmington; and several nieces and nephews. Orren was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elfreda, son Ronnie (stillborn), brothers Howard, Kenneth and Harlan, and two sisters, Ethel Thue and Anna Mae Laager.

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