Harlan King, age 80, of Spencer died Tuesday, September 27, at the Northshire Nursing Home in Spencer.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home Chapel in Sioux Rapids, with Pastor LeRoy Riemer from Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids officiating. Burial with military honors by the Sioux Rapids American Legion will be at Lone Tree Cemetery. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home for one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday.
Harlan Jay King was born January 5, 1925 at Kingsley, Iowa to Silas L. and Lucy Amelia (McFarland) King. He spent his childhood years in his parents' home at Peterson, where he received his education in the Peterson school system.
Harlan entered the United States Army on December 15, 1945. He served with the 13th Engineer Battalion during the Korean conflict in Seoul, Korea. He was honorably discharged at the rank of private on February 12, 1947.
On January 19, 1947, Harlan was united in marriage to Jean Goetschius at Newell. They were blessed with six children: Richard, Harla, Shirley, Timothy, JoLee and Mary.
Harlan was employed as a farm worker, at a rendering plant, the co-op elevator and with Buena Vista County during his lifetime. He retired in February 1987 after heart surgery.
In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, horseshoes and bowling. He loved watching baseball and football. He was an umpire for Little League baseball games in Linn Grove. Harlan was a member of American Legion Post 394 in Sioux Rapids for 29 years.
A long-time member of the Lutheran Church, Harlan was baptized at Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland on February 9, 1951 and confirmed in that same church on February 11, 1951. He was a faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, where he had served on the church council and as an usher.
Survivors include his sons, Richard L. King of Rembrandt, Iowa and Timothy P. King of Havelock, Iowa; daughters Harla Malz of Belle Plaines, Minnesota, Shirley Swearingen of Lake Havasu, Arizona and JoLee J. Fassler of Sioux Rapids, Iowa. Also grandchildren: Richard G. King, Nicole King, Wanda Burnley, Tanya Swearingen, Jenna Lowder, Brad Weishaar, Marc Weisharr, Casey King, Caylee King, Cadi King, Michelle Fassler and Megan Fassler; a sister Della Appel of LeMars, Iowa; as well as many extended family members and friends.
Harlan was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Jean King and his daughter Mary E. King.
Lorene Cecil Orwig, the daughter of Louis and Olive Gunnville Breon, was born April 6, 1916 in Auburn. Her childhood years were spent in the Auburn area, where she received her education. She was the last child born in her family of fifteen brothers and sisters, four of whom died in infancy.
Lorene married Franklin David Orwig on September 26, 1933 in Sac City. Following their marriage, they farmed and lived most of their married life in Palo Alto and Clay County, with the exception of about five years in Martin County, Minn. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Lorene's greatest love was her family. She cooked many, many meals in her lifetime and it was always fried chicken and the works on Sunday. She also excelled in making M&M cookies that couldn't be duplicated even though the rest of her family had the recipe.
Lorene's husband died on September 1, 1996. She became a resident of Northshire, where she enjoyed participating in all of the activities, especially playing Bingo and 500.
Lorene passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Monday, September 26 at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Franklin; an infant daughter; one grandchild; two great grandchildren; four sisters and nine brothers. She is survived by her 12 children and their spouses: Bonnie and Bob Wuebker of Emmetsburg, Joan and Ray Jensen-Braun of George, Donna and Bob Schoelerman of Spencer, Elmond and Judy Orwig of Rogers, AR, Elwin and Florence Orwig of Lake Park, Lavon and Bob Montgomery of Spencer, Linda and Don Bryan of Dickens, Ervin and Deanna Orwig of Ruthven, Glen and Sheri Orwig of Milford, Darrel and Leigh Orwig of Dana, Renee and Greg Rupp of Cherokee and Steve and Becky Orwig of Albert City; 53 grandchildren; 71 great grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Breon and his wife, Edna of Muscatine; other relatives and friends.
Services were held September 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.