Oraine Eugene ""Ole"" Bjugan

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Oraine Eugene Bjugan passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at his home in Pine Island, with family by his side.

Oraine was born May 7, 1930, on a farm west of Pine Island. He was the youngest of three children born to Otto and Ella (Hegseth) Bjugan. He grew up on the farm and attended country school until sixth grade. He then attended school in Pine Island where he graduated in 1948. His classmates gave him the nickname "Ole" because he had a pronounced Norwegian accent. He was an accomplished trumpet player and played in the school band, Chuck King's Old Time Band, and others, as well as playing taps for funerals for the American Legion. He served four years in the Air Force and spent his time in Texas, England, and finished his commitment in California.

On Feb. 12, 1955, he married Darleen Sinn and together they had four children. Oraine was a talented carpenter and builder. His favorite place to be was out in the shop making beautiful gifts for his wife, family and friends. He worked for Mayo Clinic for 11 years before his retirement.

He was a lifelong member of Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, a longtime member of Pine Island American Legion and Oronoco VFW. He volunteered for the local Meals on Wheels and at the Pine Island Historical Society. He and Darleen were founding members of the Pine Island Saddle Club and were active for many years. After selling the horses, they bought a motorcycle and enjoyed all their trips together. When it was time to sell the motorcycle, they bought an RV and traveled to Arizona for three months every winter for 17 years. He loved having a good cup of coffee and swapping stories with friends.

Oraine is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Darleen, of Pine Island; son, Britt (fiancee, Julie Jobes) Bjugan, of Zumbrota; daughters, Becky Oakland, of Red Wing and Beth (Brad) Hortop, of Dodge Center; grandchildren, Natasha (fiance, Curt Curtis) Bjugan, Jessica (Jeremi) Suchy, Nicholas Bjugan, Jessica Bjugan, Colin Hortop and Skyler Hortop; and great-grandchildren, Emily and Connor.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; sister, Stella Scheffler; brother, John; and infant daughter, Karen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Lands Lutheran Church, (located one mile west of Zumbrota on Hwy. 60), with the Pastor David Krinke officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church. 

Oraine has donated his body to the Mayo Foundation for research. 

Private family burial will be held at a later date. 

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Feb. 1, 2014
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