|Morris G. Jorde, 88|
|Written by TRF Times|
Klamath Falls, Ore. - Morris Gilford Jorde, 88, died on January 13, 2005 in Klamath Falls, Ore., of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 17, in Klamath Lutheran Church in Klamath Falls, Ore., with Pastor Bob Kenon officiating and an honor guard provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Pelican Post No. 1383 and volunteers from the Marine Cops League. Interment was held at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens.
Morris Gilford Jorde was born December 27, 1916 in Thief River Falls, the son of Mikkel and Margot (Melham) Jorde.
He was raised on a farm in Minnesota among many other family members on nearby farms.
His parents immigrated from Norway and he was proud of his Norwegian heritage throughout his life.
After graduating from high school, he helped his parents on the farm.
Because of the Great Depression, however, he went to work for the Zuckerman Farm and Ranch operation in his early 20s. In 1940, he was sent to work as foreman in Klamath Falls, where he met and married Rauberta Rugg on October 17, 1941.
That same year, he was drafted into the Army and was sent to serve as an infantryman in the Pacific Theater for four years. His duty stations included Okinawa, the Gilbert Islands and Hawaii.
Following his honorable discharge as a sergeant, he returned to Klamath Falls and his employment with the Zuckermans and was later transferred to Stockton, Calif., where his daughter Sandra was born.
He lived for four years on an island in the delta, working as a ranch foreman there, before returning to Klamath Falls and attending Oregon Institute of Technology.
Two years later, his son Ron was born and he became a carpenter, which he continued being for more than 50 years.
Jorde enjoyed woodworking and made many impressive pieces of furniture and other woodworking items for his family. He was also talented at Norwegian decorative painting.
Every fall, he participated in making lefsa at the Klamath Lutheran Church, of which he was a member since the early 1950s. He was a 50-year member of the Sons of Norway Lodge and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was an avid sports fan and for many years, and attended local sporting events.
Survivors include his wife Rauberta Jorde of Klamath Falls, Ore.; son, Ronald (Elizabeth) Jorde of Greensboro, N.C.; daughter, Sandra (Kirth) Glick of Klamath Falls; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews; sisters-in-law, Viola (Bob) Talbot of Talent, Ore., and Betty (Earl) Padgett of Carson City, Nev.; and many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Edel Heatley and Geline Kausagen; and one brother, Clifford Jorde. A00003B2005FB09