Orrin A. Ness, 87, Minot, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Orrin was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Minot, to Oliver and Alice (Syvrud) Ness. Orrin talked often of his childhood, living by Roosevelt Park and helping his father and brothers build homes in Minot. He graduated from Minot Model High School. At the age of 18, with his parents' consent, he entered the Navy on Oct. 25, 1943.
He was deployed to the Aleutian Islands where he helped build runways until his honorable discharge on April 30, 1946. Following his service he returned to Minot, assisting his father as a carpenter and auto mechanic.
Orrin was once married to LaVerne Danielson. This union was blessed with four children, Sandra, Craig, Dennis and Kim.
Orrin was joined in marriage to Irene Selfors in 1975. They made their home in Minot, where they enjoyed dancing at the Moose Lodge and traveling for many years. He and Irene acquired Brandy, their beloved canine friend.
He began employment for Kedney Moving and Storage Co. of Minot in 1955. He specialized as a cost estimator for moving families for more than 25 years. He retired to care for his wife, Irene, until she passed away on May 24, 1995.
Orrin was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed woodworking, bowling, doing puzzles and was known to be a "master tinkerer." Orrin could repair or build almost anything. He embraced technology, carrying a special interest in editing digital photography. Orrin loved to visit with nearly anyone he met. What Orrin loved most was his family and spending time with them. He will be deeply missed by all who shared in his life.
His loving family includes: children, Sandra (Ron) New, Woodburn, Ore., Craig (Sally) Ness and Dennis (Laurene) Ness, both of Minot, Kim Berning, Bismarck, and Deb Pfau, San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Aimee Ness, Emily (Mitch) Keller, Andrew and Katie Berning, Olivia Peek, Stephanie Hamley, Shawn, Mark, Travis and Rick New; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (LeRoy) Nohr, Minneapolis, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Orrin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene; sisters, Palma Brandt, Adeline Cushman, and Lilly Stammen; an infant brother, and brothers, Albert and George Ness; and his faithful canine companion, Brandy.
Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Will be held today, Dec. 27, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to the American Heart Association.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).