Allan LeRoy Orson, Annandale


Allan LeRoy Orson, age 80, of Annandale passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Lake Ridge Oasis, Buffalo.
Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale with Rev. Dave Nelson officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, at the Benson City Cemetery with military honors.
Allan was born October 5, 1934, in Kandiyohi County to Henry and Laura (Hanson) Orson. He attended kindergarten through 11th grade in Paynesville, graduating in 1952 from New London. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1953, serving 2 1/2 years in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1956. Allan married Beverly Sather on Nov. 23, 1957, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. To this union, two children were born. Al was an electrician working in Tyler, Grove City, Litchfield, Paynesville and Monticello. He retired in 1996 and moved to the Twin Cities where they managed condos. In 2008 they moved to Annandale to the Cottages, where they were caretakers and Al did all the maintenance. He also was custodian for four years at St. John's Lutheran Church in Annandale. On July 31st he suffered a massive stroke which eventually took his life. Al enjoyed woodworking, jigsaw puzzles, dancing and listening to music, attending Thursday burger nights with friends, and traveling to Branson. Nothing was treasured more than the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Bev of Annandale; son, Russ (Carla) of Maple Lake; daughter, Bobbi (Roger) Mackedanz of Ham Lake; four grandchildren, Kate (Paul) Monnens, Steve (Brittany) Orson, Tyler and Adam Mackedanz; three great-grandchildren, Natalie, Nolan and Leo Monnens; brother, Glen of Florida; sister, Beverly (Bruce) Whiting of Utah; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. Allan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Laura Orson, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Selmer and Leone Sather.
Doug Sather and Kris Jones will serve as urnbearers. Honorary urnbearers will be Bev Chollett, Dan and Sue Nelson, Lonnie and Pat Baack, Gary and Beryl Geisinger, Dave and Mary Holmgren, John and Diane Swanson, Jim and Jean Noland, Mary Ann Humola, and all the people who were on the 2010 bus trip to Branson. Rev. Dave Nelson and Orma Lou Jacobsma will provide music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.