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Orlynn Keith Melbostad

11/10/1931 - 07/08/2019

Orlynn Keith Melbostad, 87, of Nashwauk passed away peacefully with his family by his side from esophageal cancer on Monday, July 8, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Nashwauk Lutheran Church at 11:00 A.M. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. and Thursday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the service. Pastor Aaron Lofgren will officiate. Burial will be at the Nashwauk Cemetery on Thursday at 12:00 noon. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Orlynn was born November 10, 1931 in Perley, MN to Oscar and Katherine (Bergh) Melbostad. He graduated from East Grand Forks High School in 1949. He enlisted in the Air Force on February 12, 1951,retiring on February 28, 1971. On October 5, 1955 he married Mildred Ann Pauna. Orlynn was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a friend to all. Orlynn will be remembered for his infectious laugh.

Orlynn is survived by his wife of 63+ years, Mildred Ann Melbostad of Nashwauk; 3 children, Michael Duane Melbostad of Wasilla, AK, Katherine Ann (Bob Peterson) Bockert of Nashwauk and Karen Marie (Cory) Thurman of Nashwauk; 8 grandchildren, Jeffery, Nicole, Hailey, Justin, Alicia, Beau, Lindsay, and Jeremy; numerous great and great great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Karen Erola, Mary (Edward) Schjenken, and Angie (Mike) Serfling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles; son, Ronald; grandaughter, Katie; and great grandson, Hunter.



2 thoughts on “Orlynn Keith Melbostad”

  1. Susie Novak says:

    So very sorry to hear of Orlynn’s passing..we worked together at J&J Casting many years ago. You could always count on him to be in a good mood and was a wonderful story teller. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and prayers to his wife and family…thinking of you all.

  2. Pete Coughlin says:

    Orlynn will be greatly missed. He was a great influence to me. Many times teaching myself, my brother and his children many valuable lessons and, of course, making sure we stayed ‘within the straight & narrow road of growing up’. Many memories of working at the homestead on Hwy 65. Orlynn- Thank you.

    Pete C

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.
Nashwauk Lutheran Church, 3rd Street, Nashwauk, MN, USA

Visitation begins at Wednesday, July 10, Range Funeral Home, 4:00 - 7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 11, Nashwauk Lutheran Church, 10:00 A.M.