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Orval E. Hjorth, 79, of Doniphan, Nebraska, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011,
at the VA Medical Center in Omaha.
Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 23rd, at St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church of Doniphan. Reverend Rod Armon will officiate. Burial
will be in Cedarview Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Marine
Corps and the Doniphan American Legion.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church in Doniphan. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the
Mr. Hjorth was born on January 18, 1932, at Wisner, Nebraska, to Harold
and Catherine (Pojar) Hjorth.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 56 years, Mavis;
son, Mark Hjorth and his daughter, Amber Smalley, both of Lincoln; daughter
and son-in-law, Hope (Terry) Lienemann and their sons, Travis, Shawn
and Jared, all of Doniphan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman (Ruby)
Hjorth of San Diego, CA, Larry (Betty) Hjorth of Rogers, TX, Vernon Hjorth
of Madison, NE, Wilbur Hjorth of Tuscon, AZ and Curt Hjorth of Norfolk,
NE; sisters, Jane Andrews of Norfolk, Donavee Mavis of Brighton, CO,
and Elaine Smith of Holly, CO, and brother-in-law, Lumir Pekny of San
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Brent Michael Hjorth;
a sister, Joyce Pekny, two brothers-in-law, Bud Andrews and Bob Smith,
and two sisters-in-law, Sylvia Hjorth and Barb Hjorth.
Orval grew up in Wisner, receiving his education at Wisner and Stanton,
from which he graduated, Class of 1949. He entered the United States
Marine Corps on May 27, 1952, serving during the Korean War. He
was honorably discharged on May 26, 1955, at Camp Elliott, San Diego
44, CA, with the rank of Sergeant.
Orval was united in marriage to Mavis June Nebola on July 7, 1954,
at Leigh, NE. After his discharge from the service, the couple
moved to Stanton where Orval farmed on his own for a few years. When
he was employed by Missouri Valley Construction in 1971, they moved to
the Doniphan area. For a number of years he was employed by the
City of Doniphan for town maintenance, after which he maintained Cedarview
Cemetery until his retirement.
He was a member of Doniphan St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Doniphan
American Legion Post 300 and Stanton VFW Post 3602. Orval was very
proud of his grandchildren and loved watching all of their sporting events. Many
people saw Orval at games, regardless of who was playing. He liked
to tinker with his John Deere and Farmall Tractors. The highlight
of his day was having coffee and shooting the breeze at the Pump & Pantry. He
had the heart and the skills to help others. Orval’s memory
will be cherished by many.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church or the family.