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Orvin Luehman 01/05/2023

Orvin V. Luehman, age 91, of Star Prairie, WI passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the St. Croix Health Center. Orvin was born to Werner and Florence Luehman on March 15,1931 near New Richmond, WI. He was raised on his family farm, with his 3 siblings, just north of Star Prairie, WI. Orvin graduated from Amery High School and in the summers he would help local farmers with chores. In 1949, he was helping on the Everson farm and it is there he met the love of his life, Ruby. In July 1953, Orvin received his draft papers for the Korean War, so he and Ruby were married on July 26, 1953 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Star Prairie. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Deborah and Dennis.
On August 6, 1953, 10 short days after they were married, Orvin was enlisted in the United States Army. He served at Fort Sheridan, Illinois in the 734th Battery as a gunner. Upon his return home, Orvin worked for NSP and then in 1962 he started working for Doboy Packaging Machinery as an Electrical Engineer. He met many lifelong friends there and in 1994 he retired after 32 years. Orvin also went to night school at Dunwoody College for Electrical. He could often be found wiring many of the local farms and homes in the Star Prairie area. Otherwise, you would find him working up at West Immanuel, with his son Dennis, wiring Servant Hall, the parsonage or any other odds and ends that needed help. Orvin was a devout Lutheran. He and Ruby belonged to West Immanuel Lutheran Church for over 55 years. He sang in the church choir, served on many boards there and he served as church president for many years. Orvin was also on the Board at Luther Point Bible Camp. In his retirement, he enjoyed going to Osceola football games, fishing & hunting at their cabin, visiting with neighbors, helping at the church and eating lutefisk. He and Ruby also enjoyed traveling, especially going to Missouri to see Orv’s Army buddy. But most of all, Orv loved spending time with his family.
Orvin is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Ruby Luehman; his loving daughter, Debbie Krueger; his great grandchildren Jacob Hayman and Madeline Gessner; and his parents, Werner Luehman and Florence (Selvig) Luehman.
Orvin is survived by his son Dennis (Nancy) Luehman; his son in law Tom Krueger; his grandchildren Jessica (Mike) Gessner, Emily (Mike) Hayman, Amanda (Andy) Bolder, Mick Darvial; his great grandchildren, Elida, Avery, Thomas, Graydon, Michael and Samantha; and his siblings Duane (Marlene) Luehman, Diane (Verlyn) Lindemann, and Keith (Beckie) Luehman; as well as many loving nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.
A funeral service was held Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 11:00 am at West Immanuel Lutheran Church (447 180th St.) Osceola.  Visitation was held Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S Knowles Ave.) New Richmond and on Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the church.  Interment was in West Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Orvin’s Funeral Service


  • Patti Gorka Posted January 6, 2023 2:54 pm

    We are sorry to hear about your loss. We will really miss Orvin he was a great neighbor

  • joanne l fletch Posted January 6, 2023 3:57 pm

    Orv was my folks neighbor for many years, such a great man, many prayers of healing to you all, god bless

  • Deb Rutledge Posted January 6, 2023 5:28 pm

    May he Rest in Peace with Ruby and Debbie.

  • Mary(Winzer) Grupe Posted January 8, 2023 2:03 pm

    I remember Orvin from visiting my grandma and grandpa (Leland Ash) when I was a little girl 80 years ago….peace to his families

  • Durwin Knutson Posted January 8, 2023 8:15 pm

    Orvin was pivotal in my Christian upbringing & learning, I even rode with him to West Immanuel each Wednesday; he was our Confirmation teacher. Forever grateful for his heart for Jesus! Rest now in Heaven.

  • Terry Nelson Posted January 11, 2023 1:37 pm

    I have known Orvin since I was a little girl. He and my dad were good friends. Orvin was the best, he had a fabulous sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. I will never forget him

  • Danielle Gorka Posted January 11, 2023 8:45 pm

    Orvin was the best neighbor growing up and was like a grandpa to me. I loved walking to his and Ruby’s house to visit, and to eat cookies. He would always ask how I was doing in school, and if I had a boyfriend yet. Every time we said goodbye, he would tell me to stay out of trouble and I would say that he needed to stay out of trouble too. It gave both of us a good laugh. May he rest in peace with Ruby.

  • Susan and Brian Lindberg Posted January 12, 2023 9:03 pm

    Sorry for your loss Dennis and family. Orv was such a kind and caring man. He also had a great smile, sense of humor, and truly cared for all people. I loved working with him on Church Council. We loved both him and Ruby. Both such wonderful people. I know he will be greatly missed.

  • Jim Reppe Posted January 14, 2023 7:40 am

    I had the pleasure of knowing Orv through his employment at Doboy. He was such a kind and helpful person to know. My condolences to all that knew him.

  • Roland Knapton Posted April 5, 2023 8:41 am

    I knew Orv through business , he was a great guy and will be missed by many.

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