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Orville M. Minske

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Orville M. Minske

November 17, 1930 ~ March 28, 2014

Orville M. Minske, 83, a 41 year Wenatchee, WA resident, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Lakeridge Care Center in Moses Lake, WA, following an extended illness. He was born on November 17, 1930, at Hitchcock, SD, to the late Rueben and Marie (Sheidegger) Minske. He was raised in Hitchcock, where he received his schooling and graduated from the Hitchcock High School with the class of 1948. While in high school, he played basketball on the school team. Following graduation from high school, Orville went to work for the Culligan Water Company and became a “Culligan Man”. He later accepted a job with the Bureau of Reclamation in South Dakota. In 1966, he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and moved to Cashmere, WA. He moved to Wenatchee in 1970, and during this time, he met Betty E. Ethridge of Leavenworth. They were married on June 30, 1973, in Wenatchee, where they have continued to make their home together. Orville continued working for the U.S. Forest Service and became an Engineer, as well as an Inspector. He retired in 1993, and together, he and Betty enjoyed RV camping in their motorhome. Oroville had been an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Hitchcock, SD. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. Oroville loved elk hunting and, especially, elk camp. He always went up one week early to set up camp with his big tent. He also enjoyed fishing for perch at Fish Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Betty E. Minske of Wenatchee; two sons, Norman “Norm” (Loey) Minske of Omaha, NE and Terrance “Terry” Minske of Wenatchee; two step-daughters, Margaret (John) Cahoon of Cashmere and Janice “Jan” (Dale) Ward of East Wenatchee; one brother, Delbert (Ruth Ann) Minske of Huron, SD; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lorraine Hofer and one infant sister; two brothers, Dewey and Eldon Minske; and infant son, Ricky.

A Commemoration Service will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 12:00 Noon at Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee, with Pastor Shon Ramey officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. You are invited to visit his tribute online at Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.

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