Orville Norman Pederson

Pederson, Orville Norman

Orville Norman Pederson passed away peacefully on December 6, 2010 at Hospice House, Kelowna, BC. He was born on August 6, 1916 on the family farm in the Bethlehem District, just north of Hawarden, Saskatchewan. The son of homesteaders, Oluf and Nettie Pederson, he grew up in a Norwegian speaking home with a love of family, farming and his church community. During World War II he served with the Royal Canadian Engineers; discharged in 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. In the spring of that same year he met and married Marion Robinson, a teacher from Regina. Orville returned to farming and together he and Marion raised their family in Hawarden and later Saskatoon. Over the years Orville served his community well as a member of the School Board, Hospital Board, Church Board and Rural Municipal Council. He had a keen interest in politics…there always seemed to be an election somewhere that required dedicated organizers and Orville was the first to sign up! When the children were in high school Orville and Marion moved to Saskatoon where Marion again taught school and Orville (a journeyman carpenter) built houses for Keith Construction and later worked for the Saskatoon School Board as a custodian. His grandsons were certain Grampa could build just about anything! While in Saskatoon Marion and Orville loved traveling with their trailer club and socializing with the Scandinavian Club (lutefisk, lefsa and cross-country skiing made any day complete). They retired to the sunny Okanagan in 1982. Holiday time was for traveling…they traveled the world! Orville reveled in his children’s and grandchildren’s successes. Over the years he was the proud father and grandfather at many games, concerts and performances. Those beautiful voices must have had their beginnings at Grampa’s knee listening to his beautiful bass voice. Singing next to him in church was a real joy! Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marion of 65 years; his children, Kevin (Barbara) of Houston, TX, Marilyn (Mike) Donison of Ottawa, ON; his grandsons, Paul (Monika) Donison, Sean (Katie) Pederson, Patrick Donison and Philip Donison as well as his four lovely great-granddaughters, Anabel, Sophie Jane, Erika and Kirralee. He was predeceased by his parents and his five siblings. Teddy, Chester, Pearl, Amy and Hans. Public viewing will be held on Tuesday December 14 from 2:00 ~ 5:00 p.m. in the chapel of Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road. The funeral service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church (1162 Hudson Road, Westbank, BC) on Wednesday December 15 at 11:00 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either Grace Lutheran Church or The Red Cross. Condolences to the family may be made at www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com Arrangements entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home, Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.