Willard Orvella

Monday, October 16, 2023 3:12 pm

Willard Kenneth Orvella of Decorah died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at Hillcrest Home in Sumner, Iowa. He was 98.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21,. at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Decorah, with the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to Washington Prairie Lutheran church or Washington Prairie Cemetery fund. Becker & Son Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting Willard’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Willard is survived by two daughters: Mary (John) Sersland of Sun City West, Arizona, and Kathy (Rick) Gloede of Sumner, Iowa; two sons: Jim Orvella and Larry (Jane) Orvella, both of Decorah; seven grandchildren: Peter Sersland, Eva (Cody) Hagan, Zachary (Melissa) Sersland, Heather Gloede, Anthony (Britney) Gloede, Andy (Laura Kos) Orvella, Rebecca (Matthew) Moore; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lillian Bruvold and Arlys (Wayne) Soeder; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise; his parents, Helmer and Cora Orvella; and one granddaughter, Maria Ann Orvella.

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