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Orville Bjorkman

Orville Bjorkman, age 86, of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 10, 2011, at Memorial Community Care.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 15th at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church north of Murphy. Pastor Marshall Erickson will officiate. Interment will be in the Mamre Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Orville J. Bjorkman, the son of John Simon and Alfreda (Johnson) Bjorkman, was born near Hordville, Nebraska on June 1, 1924 and died in Aurora, Nebraska on January 10, 2011, at the age of 86.

Orville was a baptized member of the Methodist Church in Hordville. He graduated from Hordville High School in 1941. Orville attended Nebraska Central College and taught school in Hamilton County. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1945, where he served as an Air Traffic Controller in Japan during WW II. Following his military service he returned to Hamilton County near Phillips, where he operated a dairy farm and was a seed corn grower.

Orville was united in marriage to Shirley Peterson on May 22, 1948.

Orville enjoyed sports Ė especially bowling. He also enjoyed music and often sang with the menís quartet at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Miley Bjorkman and four sisters, Dorothy Burke, Verna Brooks, Malinda Klawonn and Hannah Jones and a great-granddaughter.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shirley of Aurora; five children, Larry Bjorkman of Arlington, Judy (Rodney) Howland of Aurora, Randy (Linda) Bjorkman of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mike (Jo Ann) Bjorkman of Phillips and Dee Ann (Dave) Hart of Doniphan; 9 grandchildren, Kyle Howland, Jay Howland, David Bjorkman, Dan Bjorkman, Jesse Bjorkman, Mandy (Bjorkman) Hilsabeck, Eric Bjorkman, Jonathan Hart, Lindy (Hart) Borer; 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Gladys (Don) Peterson of Aurora.

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