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Fiksdal Funeral Service
Monday September 15th, 2014
10:30am

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Orren Bjerke

Orren Bjerke, 93 of Bremerton, WA and formerly of Webster and Sioux Falls died on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Ashley Gardens in Bremerton. His funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 15, 2014 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Rev. William Olsen officiating. Burial will be at Telemarken Cemetery near Wallace. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Monday. Orren Lawrence Bjerke was born on August 25, 1921 in Bristol, SD to Hans and Agnes (Solberg) Bjerke. The family lived near Andover on a farm where he grew up. He attended country school near his home. After he received his education he lived near Webster and worked for a local plumber. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. After he was honorably discharged in 1945 he returned to the area. He was united in marriage Violet Mathiason on August 1, 1945 at Bristol, South Dakota. After their marriage the couple made their home in Webster for a short time. Then they moved to Oregon, then to Poulsdo, Washington and then to Bremmerton, Washington. Orren worked for Lentz Plumbing as a plumber for 30 years, retiring in 1984. In 1988 the couple returned to Webster. Violet passed away later that year. After her death he continued to live in Webster. He spent the last 25 years with a special friend, Elaine Solberg. Five years ago they moved to Sioux Falls. He had just recently moved to Bremerton to be near his daughter and other family. While in Webster he attended St. John’s Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed gardening, dancing, playing cards, and feeding the ducks and rabbitts. Orren’s memory will live on with his daughter, Shirley Cleveland of Bremerton, WA; one brother, Laverne Bjerke of Webster, SD; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Orren is preceded in death by his parents, wife Violet; son; sister; and 2 brothers.

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Guestbook

Grandpa as I look back I recall so many fond memories!! My favorite memories were spending time with Grandma, you, Grandpa Ole, and Little Jimmy at your home on Bentley drive in Bremerton. Thanks for teaching me how to garden. It was so much fun feeding the neighbors horses your fresh grown carrots!! I loved waking up in the mornings hearing The price Is Right on TV and to this day the sound takes me right back to those days. Playing solitaire with Grandma. Listening to Grandpa Ole play the piano and singing along. and the smile on your face!! Catching Gardner snakes in your yard. Making paper airplanes together and flying them to each other in the living room. I was always so excited when you would come home from work and love to follow you around as your did your work around the house!! Sundays were cherished when all the family would come to your home and Grandma would cook up the best feast ever. Spending Christmas at Moms all together!! The best days ever!! I am blessed my children got to spend time with you during the summers here in Bremerton. Even more glad you got to meet my Grandchildren. The smile on your face as you look at them says it all!! I love you with all my heart!! Love always DeAnne, P.S. I will see you again!!!

DeAnne Nelson Sep 13 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Orren Bjerke

DeAnne Nelson Sep 13 2014 12:00 AM

Grandpa we love you ,and miss you so much. I couldn't have asked for a better great grandpa, and great great grandpa for my kids. I will always remember when you would come to visit us every summer, and the smell of the coffee you made every morning. Watching the price is right with you was always fun. As my children get older I will tell them all about their great great grandpa and how he loves them both so much. I will forever love you grandpa, and I hope that I get to see you again someday. Love Shirley

Shirley Sep 11 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Orren Bjerke

Shirley Sep 11 2014 12:00 AM

It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone, Apart of us went with you, The day god took you home. A million times we missed you, A million times we cried, If love could have saved you, You never would have died. To the grave we travel, The flowers are placed with care, No-one knows the heartache, As we turn to leave you there. If tears could build a stairway, And heartaches could make a lane, We would walk a path to heaven, And bring you back again. Author: Unknown I Love You Grandpa! Lenee

Lenee Sep 11 2014 12:00 AM

Orren was great fun and we are blessed to have been a part of his life while he lived in Sioux Falls. The Home Care Team at Dow Rummel.

Dow Rummel Home Care Team Sep 11 2014 12:00 AM

The Solberg Family will share many memories of Orren. Many occasions were spent laughing, playing cards, sharing wonderful stories of his life. He was a wonderful and kind man. Love to your family for sharing Orren with us. Marcella and George Whyte

Marcella Whyte Sep 10 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Orren Bjerke

Marcella Whyte Sep 10 2014 12:00 AM