April 21, 2010

Orville Amundson

Orville Amundson passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 13, 2010, in Seattle, Wash., after 96 wonderful years. The son of Norwegian immigrants, Ole and Sigrid Amundson, Orville was born and raised in Watford City, N.D. After graduating from high school, Orville helped his father on the family farm until the dry years of the Depression forced him to head west in search of work. He stopped briefly in Spokane, Wash., where he married his childhood friend, Mabel Bergee, also from Watford, before moving to Seattle in 1939. During World War II, Orville worked at Todd Shipyard as a welder. Following the war, he took a “temporary” job at American Can Company, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement.
An avid salmon fisherman, he enjoyed fishing in Puget Sound and frequently made trips to Westport and Sekiu. Orville loved to take extensive driving trips through the western United States. He spread his wings by traveling to Australia, China, New Zealand and Norway.
He is survived by his son, Bruce, and daughter-in-law, Julie Parker, of Seattle. And he is preceded in death by his wife, Mabel, and sister, Myrtle Day, of Watford City.
The memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Peace Lutheran Church, 8316 39th Ave. SW, Seattle. We welcome all friends and family to attend. Memorials may be sent to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Please sign our guest book at www.Howden-Kennedy.com.