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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Orvis B. Nelson
February 25, 1933 - May 18, 2020

Place of Birth: Watford City, North Dakota
Residence: rural Homestead, Montana
Age: 87

Orvis Nelson was born south of Watford City, ND to Eddie and Irene Nelson on February 25th of 1933. Just a few months after he was born, the family moved to rural Homestead, Montana where brother Rudale was born. He attended most of his grade school at Central Consolidated (located near the farm and uphill both ways), graduated High School from Medicine Lake and then attended Concordia College for two years before entering the US Army. He spent two years of active duty during the Korean Conflict and received an honorary discharge in 1953.
After the military, Orvis farmed part time with his father and worked full time in Williston driving Gamble Robinson’s grocery delivery truck delivering to stores in NE Montana. While working in Williston, Orvis met Lois on a blind date which was the start of a lifelong love affair. They were married in June of 1958 and shortly thereafter, moved home to farm full time. Lois passed in August of 2019 and Orvis missed her dearly. As he sat beside her during her final hours he told her he would not be far behind.
He was very proud of his service to this country and once home on the farm for good, he became very active in Legion Post 49 in Homestead. As Post Commander he organized many trips to the 49th Parallel Days with Canadian Service Men and Women.
Orvis was the “Master Card Party Organizer”. Therefore, there were many card parties and games of cards played, while teaching his children and grandchildren, at various locations. Being involved in community was very important to him. He served as the chair of the Medicine Lake School Board during the time the school was being rebuilt after a fire. He served on the NEMONT Telephone Board for 27 years. Other organizations included the Froid Credit Union, Farmers Elevator in Homestead, NE Montana Threshers Assn. and church and parish councils.
Orvis’s desire to give back was evident with the involvement in civic organizations but that wasn’t the only evidence. He would purchase bags of groceries and deliver them to families in need, he organized bus trips to the Medora musical for the elderly, he was one of the first to offer his land into the Block Management program which allowed people to hunt for free, he never missed a benefit in the area where he always made some kind of donation and he would go to the nursing home and give haircuts. Orvis took pride and satisfaction in using his hands to build many beautiful woodworking projects which he donated to various places.
Being a Norwegian is not a privilege everyone gets. He was proud of his heritage and seldom missed the opportunity to attend the Norsk Hostfest in Minot. He loved Norwegian food and would travel to the ends of the earth for a lutefisk dinner.
If you had to name what Orvis’s hobby was it would have to be people. The most enjoyable times in his life were sitting across the kitchen table visiting with people. He set up areas on the farm where hunters could camp just so he had someone to visit with. He would chase down hunters in the field just to say hello and welcome them to the area. Many friendships from all over Canada and the US were developed over the years. In later years, Orvis and Lois loved to travel but could not go anywhere without scheduling time on the trip to stop and visit friends and family. In fact when they traveled it wasn’t to see a national park or a tourist destination, it was to see old friends and relatives.
Orvis loved music and encouraged his children and grandchildren to learn music. He never missed a concert or music event the kids were in. He also practiced what he preached. He sang in a group called the Homestead Legionnaires. They performed at many area events such as the Faye Crush variety show on area television. They sang at countless funerals and never turned down a request to do so.
Some memorable trips for Orvis included the trips to Moville, Iowa to sell cattle. For many years he and Lois accompanied the cattle to the sale yard in Moville. This was an annual event where he and some of his most cherished friends had the opportunity to spend time together.
Many of you will remember the trips in the old school bus. Touring around the lake, trips to Medora, or his favorite trip which was fishing in Canada. Orvis organized a fishing trip to Besnard Lake, Saskatchewan 27 years in a row. He loved to see his children and grandchildren experience camping and catching the big fish. All were welcome, so almost always the kids or grandkids had friends with them on the trip. He touched many lives with this trip.
Orvis was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; parents, Eddie and Irene; brother, Rudale and wife, Arlene. He is survived by daughter, Kimberly (Rick) and sons, Dale (Jodi), Dean (Lynda), grandchildren, Kami (Jeff), Brady (Sarah), Paydon, Cordel and Nolan and great-grandchildren, Kelson and Kaseton.

Memorial Contribution
Memorials will be distributed to the Roosevelt Medical Foundation or the Froid Congregate Meals in Montana.

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May 18, 2020
Mr. Nelson was the neighborly sort, always polite to those he met. He will be remembered by all who knew him and those memories will be reminisced well into the years to come. So with saddened hearts today may we hope for a better tomorrow. John 5:28,29 Psalm 37:11,29
Randy & Stacy Brunsvold (Sidney, MT)
May 19, 2020
Sending our love and prayers to all of you as family. Such a wonderful guy your Dad was! Hold tight to your memories. Thinking of you all.
Dar Jung (Folkestad) (Jamestown, ND)
May 19, 2020
Orvis was such a nice man and I know he will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbie (Barb) Cardenas (Humble, Texas)
May 19, 2020
Prayers & hugs. Orvis was my 1st cousin but I thought of him as an Uncle to whom I could ask advise because he was honest & easy to talk to. He was a Christian with a great singing voice, dedicated family man, involved in the community, and truly a caring man who would give you the shirt off his back. I have so many memories that I could write several books.
Alice Borg (Rochester, WA)
May 19, 2020
Orvis was the best of friends to my husband. We knew him from The Men’s Quartet and the Homestead Lutheran Church. Orvis was a lover of life and people and had a great sense of humor.
Joel Bolstad (Delano , Minnesota)
May 19, 2020
Deepest of sympathies to the entire Orvis Nelson family and surrounding community.
Diane Heise (Clayton, New York)
May 19, 2020
He was a nice man .Last time I saw him was at my Grandpa Martini funeral .we talked about horses and I showed him pictures of them .so sorry for your loss .
Angela Davis Hallesy (Williston, ND)
May 20, 2020
So sorry to hear of Orvis's passing. Now all the good ole cattle shippers can sit and tell tales of Moville. He will be missed.
jon heller (williston, nd)
May 20, 2020
he was the real farmer
Marilyn Smith (Medicine Lake)
May 20, 2020
Big Member of this community. He will be missed...
Joan Benson (Springbrook, ND)
May 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to Orvis' family... he was such a wonderful man! I so enjoyed all our visits while I was working at Nemont. Prayers of peace to his family. xoxo
Leatrice Spence (Billings , Montana )
May 21, 2020
So sorry for your loss to the Nelson family.
Chole Crosby Butler (Sidney, MT)
May 21, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. May Our Lord continue to give you comfort now and always.
Reg and Tamra Rudolph (Pueblo, Co)
May 21, 2020
We bought a house across the street from Kim and Rick as newlyweds in a new community in 1993. It did not take long for the Nelson/Knick family to become our own family. From family meals, card playing, pie making and to just visiting, those are times that are cherished!! Orvis and Lois took us in and included us as there own. What a wonderful and generous family. Our thoughts and love are with you all!!
Karen Vannatta (Missoula , Mt)
May 21, 2020
Orvis was a very generous man and caring man! He and Lois raised a wonderful family! He and his wife will be surely missed! Great friends to everyone!
Bryan Anklam (Garden Grove, Ca)
May 21, 2020
Remember going to the Nelson farm as kids and Orvis would cut our hair. A good man
Troy Mattern (Bonita Springs, FL)
May 22, 2020
“It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.” 2 Timothy 2:6 ESV
Orvis and Lois will definitely have first shares of the crop of our Lord and savior.... Will be missed.
Sean Lofgren (Medicine Lake, MT)
May 22, 2020
Our deepest sympathy as you remember Orvis. We will miss his cheerful smile and heartfelt stories. Wishing you all peace.
Allen and Kelly Thiel (Plentywood, Montana)
May 22, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. As you guys know Orvis and Lois where always my favorite neighbors. When I think of the old days on the farm I have such great memories of events we all did together. Birthdays, 4H Parties,etc. When I think of your Dad I see him laughing in his special chuckle way. I know he his laughing in heaven with Lois right now. Love you, Kelly
Shelly Van Cleve (West Fargo, North Dakota)
May 22, 2020
I remember when we were kids and all of went to Canada in one car. We thought we hit the jack pot with all the stuff we brought bsck. The big box of fashion boots. They were styling.
How I loved to come to the farm. Learned to drive stick shift car. Taking the noon meals to the guys out on the field. Making tons of bars thinking that they would last but didn't. I sure enjoyed when Christmas was on the farm.
Looking at old slides and playing the piano. It was great times with your dad and mom. I had your dad sing at my wedding. He sang the Lord's Prayer. It meant so much to me. How Drano and I took the grain truck with grain in it. How Dean would drive me all over the farm stead. How we would pick choke cherries close to the house. How two deer used to come to the house since you guys bottle fed them as babies. I have so many memories that I will cherish because of the wonderful parents you had.
Marline Mattern (Kirkland, WA)
May 23, 2020
Orvis was my cousin and a very good friend. We had lots of visits at his farm. Lois and he loved to have company. They were very special people. When we went to church with them it filled my heart to sing beside him. He had such a wonderful singing voice. He raised a wonderful family. They both will be missed by so many. God speed.
Cindy Brevik (Epping, ND)
May 24, 2020
Kim, Dale, Dean and families. So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I remember your Dads awesome voice. Many memories of them singing at different occasions. I also remember his chuckle. Now your Dad and Mom are together again. Hope all the memories your families have made together, help to heal your pain in the days to come.
Mary O'Mara (Primm Springs, TN)
May 26, 2020
I am so thankful Orvis reached out to me and we were able to reconnect several years ago. Rod and I will always treasure our visits with Orvis, Lois and other members of their family and the meals we shared with them, especially the homemade lefse. I am also thankful that we were able to view the moving graveside service video Saturday.
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