Orville Fred Winter, age 81, of Litchfield, died on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Litchfield, MN. The address is 703 S. Sibley Avenue. Visitation, also at the church, will be Friday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the service on Saturday.
Orville was born February 1, 1940 to Fred and Christina (Streich) Winter and grew up on a farm near Glencoe, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He graduated with the Glencoe High School class of 1958.
Orville was united in marriage with Germayne Stuewe on March 7, 1959. Together they had two children, Shelly and Brian. They were divorced in 2003.
Working in insurance sales for much of his career, Orville owned and operated Winter Insurance Agency in Hector. The agency also had offices in Buffalo Lake and Redwood Falls. He sold the business and retired in 2013 after a 2012 diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia and a subsequent stem cell transplant. He was grateful to the medical professionals at University of Minnesota Health Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic for their expert, compassionate care – and for the extra nine years of life.
Orville enjoyed boating at the lake, spending winters in Arizona and golfing with friends. He shot a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oakdale Country Club in 2008 where he was a member for decades.
He is survived by his daughter Shelly Warnke and her husband Jon of Savage, Son Brian and his wife Katey of Gilbert, AZ; special partner and companion Marlys Anderson of Litchfield, Grandchildren; Laine Rust and husband, John, of Roseville, Megan Reagan and husband, Jack, of Minneapolis, Courtney Winter of Phoenix, AZ, Logan Winter of Gilbert, AZ, Tatum Winter of Gilbert, AZ, Brother-in-law Kenneth Boerner, Many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Christina, brother Melvin, sisters Muriel Albers and LaVerna Boerner, sister-in-law Lila Winter, brother-in-law Anthony Albers.
Memorials can be directed to First Ev. Lutheran Church in Litchfield or to the University of Minnesota Health Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic.
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