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April 14, 1929 – February 17, 2021

Orville Arthur Horsch, age 91, of rural Waverly passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born on April 14, 1929 in Howard Lake the son of Arthur and Elsie Schmieg) Horsch.

On August 28, 1951, Orville A. Horsch and Carol H. Duske were joined in holy marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose.   Orville and Carol would of Celebrated 70 years of marriage this coming August.

Orville was employed as a janitor for over 19 years at The Montrose Elementary School and Buffalo Junior High School.

He enjoyed farming, mowing his lawn, sawing wood,  dancing and a collector of Oliver model tractors.

He was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose.   He was the Past President of the congregation, trustee, money counter, taught Sunday School and was a choir member.

Survived by his loving wife: Carol H. Horsch; children: Deborah Ann Horsch and Paul Orville (Chersti) Horsch; grandchildren: Austin P. Horsch, Gavin C. Horsch, Hataleen Martinson, Ronisha Hawkins and Bird Hawkins; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Elsie Horsch and by two brothers Jerome and Virgil Horsch.

A Private Family Funeral Service for Orville Horsch will be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose.   Pastor James Grabitske will officiate.   Carol Wendorff will be the organist for the Funeral Service.

Inurnment St. Paul’s Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 19th AT THE CHURCH from 4-8 P.M.

Casket Bearers will be Scott Duske, Greg Duske,  Joe Mauk, Doug Duske, Dale Bauman and Garret Duske.



9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sandy Haegele

    Carol and family:
    My deepest sympathy to you all. I was blessed to work with Orville at Buffalo Junior High (now Buffalo Discovery School) for 15 years. I worked in Community Education during that time, and three nights a week I was required to work “late shift” in the CE office until 10 p.m. I remember many dark, cold, snowy nights. Orville always took care of me by warming up my car, brushing the snow off my car, and waiting until I left the building to walk me to my car. He was the kindest, sweetest, most thoughtful person in the building. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this sad time. (Carol, I still have the St. Paul’s church cookbook Orville insisted I buy.) Peace and Love.

  2. Sandy Haegele

    Dear Carol and Family:
    My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Orville. I was fortunate to have worked with him for 15 years at Buffalo Junior High (now Buffalo Discovery School). I worked in Community Education, and one of the requirements of the job meant I was at the CE Office until 10 p.m. three nights a week. I remember many dark, cold, snowy nights. Orville would warm up my car, brush the snow off my car, and wait until I left the building to walk me safely to my car. He was such a kind, thoughtful, caring person. He will be missed. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you during this time of loss. (Carol, I still have the St. Paul’s church cook book that Orville insisted I buy.)

  3. Jan Heyerdahl

    My deepest sympathy to all who loved Orville…and that makes for all who knew him! What a great gentleman! I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated his kindness and humor at the Junior High/Middle School. What a fun, compassionate soul! God surely welcomed Orville home with open arms and the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” May his family know God’s peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  4. Theresa Schmieg

    Carol and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. LeRoy B Kronenberg

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Clyde and Gwen Adickes

    Carol, Deb, Paul and family.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Always hard to loose a loved one. Orville
    was a good guy. Sympathy to all.


  7. Wayne & Denise Schmieg

    Dear Carol and family, Orville was such a kind, giving and fun person to be around, as is the whole family. He will be in our hearts forever. Our sympathy goes out to your family and to all who
    knew him.

  8. Patricia Etzel

    Carol and Family,

    With sympathy to you and your family. I was a secretary at the Junior High building and Orville would come visit me at my desk. What a great guy.

  9. Arlie Manz

    Our sympathy is with each of you, We were so saddened to read Orville had passed, Arlie worked with him at school for many years and so enjoyed his humor, which I came to know in the last few years. One year it seemed where ever we went out to eat you were there, either when we came or you’d arrive shortly after us. Arlie enjoyed sitting and visiting at Walmart. So enjoyed his visits, we will miss him greatly. Our prayers are with each of you. May God give you peace and comfort at this time. Arlie said he will really miss him.


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