Orville Joseph Karn, a longtime resident of Bozeman, passed away on July 1, 2014, while a passenger in a car driving home from a dentist appointment in Butte. He fought a long and courageous battle with C.O.P.D. and other health problems. The oldest and only son, of Orville Karn and Caroline (Mack) Karn, he was born on July 23, 1933, in Woodworth, N.D. He grew up on farms in and around Kensel, N.D.
Orv, as he liked to be called, served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. with the 135th Engineer Bn. He helped build Desert Rock west of Las Vegas and was at the Nevada Test Site when one of the H-bombs was tested. He also attended a Leadership School at Camp Roberts, Calif.
In 1953, Orv married Joyce Severson while in Seattle and from that union they had five children and one step-son. After his first wife's death in 1995, Orv married Lorna Tyree Frank. He sold insurance for many years in Seattle, Bozeman and other areas in Montana. He had his own agency for a while and was awarded the top insurance salesman for the year. He also worked for the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and drove truck for Kennedy Trucking out of Belgrade, Mont. Orv enjoyed bowling, was a big fan of the Bozeman Bucks, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. After he and Lorna retired in 2002, they bought a motor home and traveled for seven years to 37 states, Canada and Mexico. They would spend their summers in Bozeman and winters in Yuma, Ariz.
Orv is survived by his wife, Lorna; step-son, Tom (Von) Jelberg; sons, Joe (Wilma) of Livingston, Jeff (Shari) of Clarkston, and Rusty (Christy) Kam of Edmonds, Wash. He is also survived by a loving daughter, Kerry (Brad) Springman of Lead, S.D.; and four sisters, Irene (Cliff) Gumke of Gackle, N.D., Ella Rettig of Jamestown, N.D., Clara Oathoudt of Hillsdale, Mich., and Rosa (Bruce) Ingold of Ivins, Utah. Orv has 11 grandchildren, Dan Karn and Jeston (Sarah) Karn both of Wyoming, Heath (Nichole) Karn of Oregon, Amber (John) Jones of Colorado, Jerry (Crystal) Karn of Three Forks, Laurie Kam Johnson of Missoula, Jennifer (Karn) Matzik, Misty Robinson of South Dakota, and Kelly Robinson of Bozeman; plus 16 great-grandchildren and another one due in October; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Orv was preceded in death by both parents, his first wife, a son, Tim, and brothers-in-law, Bob Rettig, Phillip Eckroth, and Cal Oathoudt.
The family would like to thank Dr. Borgenicht and all the nurses, especially Edye, of the Bozeman Deaconess Hospice group for all their help and support they have given us the past three months.
Graveside services will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, 113 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman, MT.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Orv's name to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation (memo line: Hospice), 931 Highland Blvd, Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715, or American Legion Gallatin Post 14, 225 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59771.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 9 to July 10, 2014
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715