Orvin Espelien

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Orvin Clarence Espelien



Orvin Clarence Espelien, 77, passed away January 27, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born in Edinburg, ND on November 17, 1940. Orvin was raised on a farm outside of Lankin, ND and his first eight years of school were in a one-room schoolhouse in Norton Township. Following that, he attended high school in Park River and two semesters of college in Mayville. He married Nancy Mahrer on February 6, 1960. He worked for Polar Communications in Park River, ND, for 40 years, 9 months and 8 days. Always active in the community, Orvin was a member of the Jaycees and the Park River Volunteer Fire Department. After retirement in 2000, Orvin and Nancy spent their summers in the Park River area and winters in Albuquerque, NM. In his spare time, Orvin loved to watch U.N.D Fighting Sioux, hockey and Vikings football. He attended his grandchildren's soccer games and followed their teams when not in the area. He also had a green thumb and spent many summer days working in his garden and around the family farm.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ethel; his sister-in-law, LuAnn; his grandson, Coty; and several dachshunds that were part of the family and truly believed they were people. He is survived his wife, Nancy; his sister, Joyce (Paul); his aunt, Irene; his children, Mark (Lisa), Kurt (Sharlene), Gregg (Wanda), and Kari (Charlie); his grandchildren, Eric, Tyler, Brenna, Cori, Dakota and Quinn; and his great-grandchildren Zeke and Isabella. As a friend of Bill W, he was beloved by all who knew him. Besides the emotional support he gave, he was the coffee maker extraordinaire. The streak on earth ended on day 11,907.

A service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 4301 Atrisco Dr. NW Albuquerque, NM 87120. Please visit our online guest book for Orvin at www.FrenchFunerals.com

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Our Savior Lutheran Church
4301 Atrisco Dr. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 1, 2018