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Orville M. Trom

Orville M. Trom

Nov. 18, 1921 - Aug. 24, 2009

Orville M. Trom, West Fargo, died Tuesday, August 24 under the exceptional care of MeritCare palliative care unit, Fargo, N.D. Orville was born to Oscar and Louise (Forseth) Trom in Woods, N.D., November 18, 1921. He graduated from Davenport High School and continued to live in the area the greater part of his life. Orville was an active part of the community, working as a mechanic and then farming. He served as sheriff, mayor, at the Davenport Fire Department and on the Addison Township Board. Orville married his beloved Betty Cockerill on December 16, 1944. To this union two children were born, Dianne and Douglas. Orville loved life whether working on aircraft in Ohio or playing baseball through his younger years to fishing, hunting, spending time in Texas and Arizona and his happiest place, the lake home.

He always had a project going, some finished, some not, but in the end gave directions where certain things are or were. The family wants to give special thanks to Kathy and Dave Johnson, and Bob and Ruth Geske, neighbors who made it possible for Orville to enjoy his time at the lakes.

Orville was a loving husband, a good father, a wonderful grandfather, a cherished brother, and uncle Ordy to his many nieces and nephews. Orville is survived by Betty, his beloved wife of 65 years, his children, Dianne (Dick) Hanson, grandchildren: Liann Hanson (husband, Marty Williams), Jessica Hanson (husband, Damion Rassier), and Jana Hanson; his son Doug (Melissa) Trom, grandchildren: Paula (Dave) Sherbrooke, Ryan (Jackie) Trom, Jon Peterson, Kristin (Jason) Nelson, Adam (Corrie) Peterson; 6 great- grandchildren; sisters Beverly (Lowell) Simenson, Geraldine (William) Lechner; special cousin George (Dorie) Trom; brother and sister-in-laws: Robert and Margie Cockerill, Jude and Helen Cockerill, Phyllis Stuckle, Peggy Cockerill, Lynn Nelson, and Marlene Aas; along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews

Orville was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dick Trom, brother-in-law Dean Cockerill, brother-in-law Irv Stuckle and sister-in-law Nancy Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may give memorials to Davenport Lutheran Church, Davenport Cemetery, or the City of Davenport Ice Skating Rink

A visitation and prayer service were held on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at the Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, N.D.

A memorial service was held on Friday, August 28, 2009, at Davenport Lutheran, Davenport, N.D. Burial was at Davenport Cemetery, Davenport.

Arrangements entrusted to Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, N.D.

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(Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, N.D.)