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Oren Bursau

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Oren Bursau

Sept. 29, 1923-June 2, 2013

Oren Amison Bursau's family says goodbye - to a husband of 60 years, to wife Donna; father of two sons, Maurice (Donna Marie) and Craig; daughter, Jannine (Richard); four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and faithful "Wonder Dog," Shatzii.

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He is also survived by three sisters, Aevonne (Hiram) Coon of Lakewood, Colo., Yvonne (Clem) TeVogt of Detroit Lakes, and Nyo Lavon Schumoker of Pelan, Calif.

A former Detroit Lakes resident, Oren attended the Holmes School before enlisting in the Navy. He served in World War II on a carrier - the U.S.S. Bismark Sea. The Bismark Sea was lost at Iwo Jima when Japanese suicide planes attacked and sank the ship. More than 300 personnel were lost. Oren was a survivor on a life raft for an estimated 16 hours. He received several medals and a Purple Heart. God spared him.

Oren worked as an optometrist in Fargo before moving to Colorado Springs.

Oren was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Bailey, Colo., and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and D.A.V. Oren was an avid fisherman, loved camping, being outdoors, and living in the mountains.

Oren's parents were Oren A Bursau Sr. and Laura F. Frank Bursau.

A private military service was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were provided by All Veterans Funeral and Cremation, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Thank you, Oren, husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, for your service. It was part of what makes this country great. Love you always, The Family.

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