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From his funeral service on 12 February 2001:
Orville Garfield Lhotka was born August 9, 1915 on a farm near Silver Lake, Minnesota to Victor and Josephine (Korista) Lhotka. He attended grade school in Hutchinson and his family moved to Bagley when he was nine years old. He attended school in Bagley where he played the cornet in the band and was on the livestock judging team where he competed in the nationals in Kansas City, earning a gold medal for horse judging. He graduated from the Bagley High School in 1933. After graduation, Orville helped his folks on the farm, worked at a bakery, substituted as a bus driver, and was a mail carrier on the rural route.
On October 20, 1938, Orville married Evelyn Marshall of Bagley at the Congregational Church in Bagley and they enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Orville worked on the telephone line on the Alcan highway for six months, and after he returned home, he and Evelyn bought a farm hear Bagley.
A few years later, they moved into town and Orville drove truck for the co-op oil company. In 1950, Orville moved his family to New Germany, MN where he and Evelyn owned a hardware store. In 1954, Orville moved with his family to Litchfield and started working for the State of Minnesota Department of Weights and Measures, as an inspector.
In 1977 Orville retired, and he and Evelyn enjoyed several winters as snowbirds in many of the southern states. In 1998, Orville and Evelyn moved back to Litchfield where they resided at the time of his death.
Orville loved the out doors, feeding birds and squirrels, hunting, and fishing and he taught his children how to water-ski. He enjoyed a life of good health until recent years.
|Offspring of Orville Lhotka and Evelyn Mabel Marshall (1920-2006)|
|Donna Mae Lhotka (1939)|| |
|Duane Orville Lhotka (1942)||11 August 1942 Minnesota|| Louise Radena Mielke (1943-2012)|
|Deborah Ann Lhotka (1957)|