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 Thief River Falls - Orville Hvidsten, 82, died on Friday, October 14, 2005 at Northwest Medical Center, Thief River Falls.
  Funeral service were held on Monday, October 17, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. Mark Helgeland officiating. Casket bearers included Peter Biscay, LeRoy Hamberg, Ron Jensen, Bruce Jensen, John Larson and Don Merdink. Interment was held at Salem Cemetery, Stephen.
  Orville Hvidsten was born February 12, 1923 in Wanger Township, Marshall County, the son of Hans and Marie (Haugen) Hvidsten. He was baptized into the Lutheran Faith and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, Stephen.  He attended country school in Wanger Township and attended Warren High School for one year at Warren. Following school he stayed and helped on the family farm. Orville moved to Minneapolis, for a short time.
  On June 25, 1948, Orville was united in marriage to Verna Hamberg. The couple made their home on the family farm in Wanger Township until 1969, when they moved to Thief River Falls. In 1970, they built their own home, where they have since resided. He worked at Arctic Cat, the alfalfa plant and also at the turkey plant.  In 1978, Orville and Verna started Rainbow Nursery, which they ran until 2000. They sold produce and also sold Christmas trees. He was known for his geraniums. He was a hard worker all his life.
  Orville was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, near Stephen, until moving to Thief River Falls, when they joined Redeemer Lutheran Church. He enjoyed learning through reading, especially the Bible and encyclopedias.  Orville always found Noah’s Ark very interesting and was always amazed by the spectacular stories of the Bible. 
 He was an avid domino player, horse-shoe player and played chess and checkers. He loved spending time with his family.
  Orville is survived by wife Verna of Thief River Falls; six children, Susan Geiszler, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., James Hvidsten of Edina, Marie (Larry) Haugen Hvidsten of Moorhead, Michael (Rebekah Richards) Hvidsten of St. Peter, Steven Hvidsten of Duluth and Scott (partner, Paul Griffin) Hvidsten of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Edith Biscay of Madera, Calif., and five nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by a son, Peter Jon; his parents; seven brothers and sisters, Anne, Clara, Ben, Melvin, Harold, Raymond and Mae.
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