Orville David Steyer, age 89, of Marshall, Minnesota, formerly of Bowman, North Dakota, went to be with his Savior and Lord on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at his home in Marshall. Memorial Services are 10:30 AM Friday, December 30, 2016, at Radiant Life Church in Marshall. Interment will be at a later date in Bowman, North Dakota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM also at Radiant Life Church in Marshall.
Officiating: Rev. John Groeneweg & Dick Eilders
Organist: Sybil Groeneweg
Congregational Hymns: What A Day That Will Be / Sweet Bye And Bye
Special Music: “The Pearly Gates Will Open” by John Groeneweg / “I’m Spending Christmas With Jesus” ~ Video
Military Honors: Marshall American Legion, Post #113
Orville David Steyer was born on April 13, 1927, on the farm in Slope County, North Dakota. He was the seventh of ten children born to Henry Phillip and Emma Sophia (Ritter) Steyer. Orville was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his youth at the Assembly of God Church. He attended school at Mineral Springs Country School and then helped his parents on the family farm. Orville enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the 7th Calvary, tank operator, and with the Military Police. After 13 months in Japan, he returned home and met Eunice Anna Stevens.
Eunice and Orville were united in marriage on November 6, 1948, in Hettinger, North Dakota. The couple lived and worked the family farm 12 miles Northeast of Bowman. They farmed and ranched there for 48 years and raised 4 children: Charleen, Marla, Ronna, and Loren. The couple moved into Bowman in 1989 and then to Dickinson 9 years later. They moved to Fairmont, Minnesota, ten years later and then to Marshall in 2008. The couple shared over 68 years of marriage together.
Orville was a great herdsman, always valuing his heard of cattle and horses. He was named the Outstanding Conservation Farmer in 1989. He was a proud member of both the Bowman and Marshall American Legion, Mineral Springs Township Board, Assembly of God Church Board, Ellendale Trinity Bible Institute College Board, and the Gideon’s. Orville served as an election official and was very active in his churches – namely teaching Sunday School and singing in church. Orville’s other enjoyment in life included reading and time spent with family. He always lent a helping hand and offered to pray with other people.
Orville Steyer went to his heavenly home on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at the age of 89 years, 8 months, and 9 days. Blessed be his memory.
Orville is survived by his wife, Eunice Steyer of Marshall; four children, Charleen (Keith) Kalina of Mesa, AZ, Marla (Tracy) Meggers-Schumacher of Gilbert, AZ, Ronna (Bob) Hansonl of Marshall, Loren (Donna) Steyer of Beaver Lodge, Alberta, Canada; 9 grandchildren, Aaron (Rebecca) Meggers, Adam Meggers, Jessica (Terry) Schulte, Crystal (Nicolas) Johnson, Mike Robertson, Cody Steyer, Joslyn Steyer, Molly Steyer, Noah Steyer; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Norman Steyer of Kelso, WA, Audrey (Cal) Anderson of Sedro-Woolly, WA, Vernon (Twyla) Steyer of Sacramento, CA; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Orville is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Emma Steyer, and 6 siblings.