Orville Carl Linde, age 92, of Wells, MN, died Thursday, November 11, 2021. Memorial services will be Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 3:00-6:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service on Friday. In Lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Wells, with Military Honors accorded by the Wells Color Guard.
Orville was born May 1, 1929, the son of Carl and Lydia (Quiram) Linde in rural Elysian, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at Bell Lutheran Church in Elysian, MN. Orville joined the United States Air Force in January of 1951 and was stationed in Korea, he came home in January of 1955. Orville went dancing and met LaVonne Lagerwall at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato, MN. They were united in marriage June 20, 1953 in North Mankato, MN.
Orville joined the Wells Police Department in March of 1955. He was appointed Chief in 1958 until his retirement in 1985. He was very active in the Wells community by serving on the Wells Ambulance along with the Wells Gun Club, of which he was a founding member of both. He taught youth gun safety classes for over 50 years. He was a very active member of the Wells American Legion Post, being in charge of the Legion Boys State Program in Wells and assisting the children with school patrol. He was a member of the Lura Lake Assoc., and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells. He was Grand Marshall for Wells Kernel’s Days, 1985.
Orville is survived by his wife; LaVonne Linde of Wells, MN; children: Sandra (Robert) Bruegger of Wells, MN, Steven (Mary Jane) Linde of Wells, MN, Pamela (Craig) Olson of Stillwater, MN, Scott (Jolette) Linde of Wells, MN, Terry (Charlene) of Winthrop, MN; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; siblings: Gloria Flitter of Janesville, MN, Diane (Ronald) Walters of Wells, MN, Richard Linde of Janesville, MN, Becky Linde of Janesville, MN and; brother-in-law: Donald Witt of Janesville, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lydia Linde; siblings: Donald Linde and Shirley Witt.