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Orland Engebretson

Orland Engebretson

March 20, 1932-May 9, 2013

Orland K. Engebretson, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Orland was born the son of Ener and Anna (Huseby) Engebretson on March 20, 1932, in Scambler Township, rural Otter Tail County. He was raised and educated in Pelican Rapids, graduating from high school in 1950. During his high school years, he excelled in baseball, basketball and football.

As a young man, Orland enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War. Orland was united in marriage to Marlys Herfindahl on September 3, 1955 at Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park. Upon his return from the Korean War, Orland began his education at North Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

Orland and Marlys moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where he work for the city of Milwaukee. After two years, they moved to Detroit Lakes and he worked for Harvey W. Nelson Construction in Lake Park for nine years. Orland and Marlys then moved to Moorhead, where he went to work for Abbott/Arne/ Schwindt Incorporated for 35 years, retiring in 2002. After his retirement, they made their home in Detroit Lakes.

Orland enjoyed fishing, golf, deer hunting and playing cards. He also enjoyed watching Hogan's Heroes and westerns. Orland cherished time spent with his family and friends.

Surviving Orland are his wife, Marlys Engebretson of Detroit Lakes; his children, Kari Engebretson of Baxter, Kevin (Suze) Engebretson of Ottertail, Kelly (Guy) Thomas of West Des Moines, Iowa, Kathleen (Kevin) Kaley of Brandon, Minn., and Tina (Daryl) Kupitz of Onalaska, Wis.; six grandchildren, Tori (John) Peterson, Tara (Eddie) Gallegos, Toni (Jason Gelting) Woodworth, Will and Rob Thomas and Emma Kupitz; seven great grandchildren; sister, Ad Cook of St. Cloud; three sisters-in-law, Pauline Engebretson of Fargo, Marge Engebretson and Margaret Engebretson, both of Pelican Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Orland in death were his parents; six brothers, Clifford, Eliss, Larry, Raymond, Harold and Erling; and two sisters, Esmer Restad and Marion Nelson.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota (7900 W. 78th St. Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55439).

Memorial services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15 at First Lutheran Church, with visitation for one hour prior to the services.

Interment will be in Lake Park Lutheran Cemetery, Lake Park.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at