Orris Moen

Orris Melvin Moen, age 72 of Lake Park, Minn. passed away while in Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 15, 2021.  He was in the presence of his brother-in-law and his wife; Barry and Kay Malme in his final fight with COVID-19.

The 26th day of September 1948, the first of five children, Orris was born to Clarence and Evelyn (Dale) Moen in Spokane, Wash. As an infant the family moved to Eldred, Minn. Orris started school in Climax, Minn. and completed his first grade through high school graduation in Fisher, Minn. Thus began the infamous “Fisher Class of ’66” with all class members holding class reunions whenever they felt like it. Future Class of ’66 gatherings will now hold Orris in memory as noted by the empty chair and now a part of some good stories.

Orris was baptized in the Christian faith and affirmed his belief of Jesus his Savior by Pastor Clayton C Engan of the Fisher Lutheran Church.  

In 1968, Orris was united in marriage to Gayle Steen, Shelly, Minn. To this union, four children were born:  Gwendolyn, Marshall, Garlyn, and Gerilyn (Ger). Gayle, a teacher, encouraged Orris to attend the University of Minnesota – Crookston where he earned an Associate Degree in 1971. In their early years of their marriage and in honor of his country; Orris served in the Army National Guard.  

Many aspects of the area agricultural community were served by Orris; a local farm hand, farmer, factory employee at Jiffy Fry (71-74) and American Crystal (74-99). While in Mesa he worked as a Trail Blazer and finally at Fargo ND Aggregate Industries (04-13).

In 2002, Orris married  Barb Malme – Tronnes of Shelly.  They lived in Minnesota/ North Dakota and Arizona until Barb’s death in 2013. 

Blessed by the promise of eternal life, Orris will joyfully  be welcomed by his Savior Jesus Christ and his deceased family members.   Grandparents:  Otto and Agnes (Johnson) Dale, Melvin and Julia (Myran) Moen, parents:  Clarence and Evelyn (Dale) Moen, infant son Marshall, and wife Barb.

Survivors of Orris are Gayle the mother of his children: Gwendolyn, Garlyn and Mandi  with children Sadie and Harper; Ger and Melanie with  children Avianna and Holden, sisters Linda (Dan) Romuld, Fern (Allen) Melbye;  brothers  Myran (Lori) Moen, and Kevin Moen. Brother in-law  Barry (Kay) Malme;  step-sons Tyler (Tess)  Tronnes and his children Adam and Abby,  and Matt Tronnes. Several nieces and nephews also survive their uncle Orris.

In honor of Orris, a celebration of life will be held at a later time.