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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Orvin J. Sletten

December 18, 1919 - November 5, 2015







Orvin Sletten, age 95, died Thursday, November 5th, 2015 in Salem, Oregon.  He was born in Fergus Falls, MN.  He served in the US Army for 28 years and served during three wars: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a long time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and choir, Sons of Norway, Thorsmen Choir, Y’s Men, V.F.W. and Elks.

Orvin enjoyed working horses on the farm, being a car mechanic, surveyor, mail carrier, and career Army.  He also enjoyed family, people, traveling, wood working, skiing, and good humor.

For 68 years, he was married to Vivian Christopherson Sletten (1923-2012).  Surviving children are Jan Lowman, MT; Jeff Sletten (Chris), CO; Jim Sletten Mary, WA; and Juanita Schaffer TJ, OR; eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A Viewing will be held Wed. Nov. 11th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service located at 605 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR.

Military Committal Service will be 10:30am Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Willamette National Cemetery (11800 Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, Oregon) followed by a 2:00pm Thursday, November 19, 2015 Memorial Service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (1770 Baxter Rd SE, Salem, Oregon.)

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Jan, Jeff, Jim, & Juanita, so sorry to hear of your father's passing.  We send our sympathy.  Most all of our relatives of that generation have left us now, and they are all missed.  However, they do remain with us in many fond memories from family get togethers in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail Lake, and at our family farm south of Fergus Falls. 

May God watch over you all,
Dan & Barb Bakke



Jan, Jeff, Jim and Juanita,
I have had Orvin's obituary from the Fergus Falls Journal posted to my refrigerator door for several days now.
I always felt close to you cousins growing up.  Your father, Orvin, was deeply respected and loved by me.  I always wanted to be a soldier from the time I was 4 or 5 years old.  I really looked up to Orvin because of his military career.  Orvin and I, through my wife debbie, exchanged Christmas letters every year.  Last year his letter from us was returned "undeliverable".  I guess Orvin was having health issues at that time.  God Bless you all??.  I will miss Orvin as you do.
David Bakke?