Orville W. Diekmann

FAIRMONT – Services for Orville W. Diekmann, 77, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fairmont. Full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin County VFW Post 1222 will be held following the service at the church. Burial will be in Lake Belt Cemetery near Ceylon, Minn.

Orville passed away Friday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and one hour prior to the time of services Wednesday at the church.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Orville William Diekmann was born Nov. 27, 1936, in Waverly Township, Martin County, Minn., the son of William and Maria (Hoffmeyer) Diekmann. He was baptized at his home by Rev. Sundmeyer of St. John’s E and R Church of Fairmont and later confirmed at the St. John’s E and R Church of Ceylon by Rev. Mayer on Oct. 1, 1950. Orville attended country school District’s 122, 17, 47 and 15 before attending Ceylon High School where he graduated in 1955. Following graduation, Orville began working for the canning factory and then went to work for Alden and Helen Austin until Jan. 19, 1960, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army in Minneapolis, Minn. Orville received his basic training in Ft. Leonardwood, Mo., and also Ft. Riley, Kan., before leaving for Germany on Sept. 13, 1960, where he was stationed in Munchweiler, Germany, with the 64th Ord. Company. After serving two years in the Army, Orville returned home to the United States by boat to the Brooklyn Naval Station and was given his honorable discharge at Ft. Hamilton, N.Y. Orville returned home to Fairmont, Minn., on March 24, 1962, and began working for Fairmont Railway Motors, where he worked until March 5, 1992, when the Hydrolic Tool Division he worked in was sold to Greenlee Textron. Orville then worked for Greenlee Textron until 2003, when he retired. On Jan. 31, 2006, Orville was granted patent number 6,990,888 for a mechanism for switching between closed and open center hydraulic systems which was designed and tested in 2002 in a hydraulic crimping tool handle.

Orville was always willing to help his family and friends with whatever they needed. He was the family historian and enjoyed working on the family tree. Orville was a member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fairmont where he was very involved with lawn care, snow removal, missionary work, committees, ushering and ringing the bell. Orville also enjoyed Bible study. He will be greatly missed by those who called him their friend.

Left to cherish his memory is his brother, Allen Diekmann; sisters-in-law, Julia Diekmann and Laverna Diekmann; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents, William and Maria Diekmann; brothers, Harold Diekmann and Wallace Diekmann; sister, Wilma Schmidtke; brother-in-law, E.W (Shorty) Schmidtke; and a sister-in-law, Janet Diekmann.