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Orville Jonland, 93, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2018 in Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Born July 1, 1925, in Duluth, MN, the son of Ole and Martha Jonland. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, mostly aboard the USS Luzon in the South Pacific. Orville came to Rockford in 1947 and was employed as a tool and die maker by National Lock Co. for 13 years, and for 27 years by Ny-Lint Corporation retiring in 1987. He married Marjorie Reed April 15, 1949. She predeceased him in September 14, 2003. Orville later married Betty Jean Peterson. She also predeceased him on June 4, 2017. His hobby and interest was for antique clock restoration, wood working, gardening and playing his harmonica.
Survived by his brothers, Walter (Lucy) Jonland of Denver, Co; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by parents; sisters, Elenore Jonland and Delores House; and brothers, Robert, Spence, Richard and George Jonland.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford with Reverend Earnest Gardener officiating. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Condolences & Shared Memories (3)

  1. Linda & Ken Lindberg

    Orville was married to my stepmother, Betty. It was so sad that they had such a short time together before Betty started showing signs of Alzheimer's. He was a godsend, taking such good care of her for so many years until her passing last year. He will be greatly missed.a

  2. Bruce House

    Orville was my uncle, my mother's older brother. He was a role model in many ways. I so enjoyed his sharing with me his love of clocks. I will miss him but he will be with me always. I love you Orville. God speed.

  3. Denise House Bauer

    My Uncle Orville was my mom's (Dolores Jonland House's) brother. He and his wife Marge would visit family in Denver regularly during my childhood and into my early adulthood. I remember that he was present for most of our family Christmas gatherings growing up. One year we had a terrible snow storm and their flight was cancelled from Rockford to Denver. We postponed our Christmas Eve event for a week until they could join us, because it just wouldn't be the same without them. Orville was scheduled, meticulous and organized. He loved to refurbish old clocks of all kinds. My understanding is that he was basically a toy maker during his career. He would tell his stories and we would all listen intently to his tales. The year my planned wedding was cancelled, he came to Denver anyway. Nursing a broken heart, he gave me some very wise advice I will never forget. He said, “It is important to marry a man that will move mountains for you. I would move mountains for Marge.” I have followed his good advice. Orville was dearly loved by his extended family. Although the miles between us prevented regular visits, he will be missed by so many that loved him deeply.


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