|Ordean Birkeland, 79|
|Written by TRF Times|
Gonvick - Ordean Birkeland, 79, of Gonvick, died on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 at First Care Medical Services in Fosston.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 14, at Samhold Lutheran Church in Gonvick, with the Rev. Jill Torgerson officiating. Interment was held at Samhold Lutheran Cemetery in Gonvick. Military rites were accorded by the Gonvick American Legion Post 304.
Ordean was born July 6, 1932 in Oklee, the son of Sigurd and Carrie (Moen) Birkeland. He grew up in Oklee and graduated from Oklee High School in 1949. Ordean enlisted into the United States Army following graduation honorably serving our country.
Ordean moved to Silver Bay and worked as the office manager for a taconite company. He married JoAnn Odegaard on June 6, 1964 at the Samhold Lutheran Church in Gonvick. In the early 1960s, Ordean went to work for the Northern State Bank as CEO and remained there until his retirement after 40 years of service.
Ordean was a member of many Civil Organizations where he served as president.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn of Gonvick; daughter Beth Birkeland of Maple Grove;
son Mike (Catherina) Birkeland of Miami, Fla.; two grandchildren, Bergen and Gianna; brother Arlen Birkeland of Gonvick; sisters, Beverly Samson of Thief River Falls and Lolly Borchert of Minneapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be sent to ceasefuneralhome.com.