Orval G. Jamtgaard

Orval G. Jamtgaard, 83, formerly of Crystal Lake, Iowa passed away Saturday, May 13, 2000 at the Nora Springs Care Center in Nora Springs, Iowa.

Orval, the son of Peder and Inga (Stene) Jamtgaard was born February 12, 1917 in Union County South Dakota.  He was raised in South Dakota and attended country schools there. Following graduation from the eighth grade, he farmed with his father and did part-time farm work for local farmers.

Orval was united in marriage with Arlene Younie of Hawarden, Iowa on October 8, 1939.  Following their marriage the couple moved to Sioux City, Iowa where Orval worked for Swift and Company in the pork-curing department.  Orval was drafted into the military in February of 1944.  He served two years with the United States Marine Corp and was discharged in January of 1946.

The couple moved to Crystal Lake in February of 1946 where Orval worked for his brother in the blacksmith business.  In October of 1948 Orval purchased the business from Silas and continued to operate the business until he retired in 1982.

Orval enjoyed golfing, fishing, and sports.  He was a member of the VFW, a 50-year member of American Legion Post #409 of Crystal Lake, and Loyal Order of Moose.  Orval served as mayor of Crystal Lake for three and one half years.  He was a member of the Senior Citizns of Crystal Lake and enjoyed working with them and helping the Legion Post organize the Avenue of Flags for veterans of the area.  Orval enjoyed his family, working with his son, John, for 18 years, and all his friends and customers.

Orval is survived by his wife Arlene; son Gene Jamtgaard and his wife, Jan of Nora Springs; son John Jamtgaard and his friend, Teresia, of Mason City; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Hartman and her husband, Marvin of Schuyler, Nebraska and two brothers, Silas Jamtgaard and his wife Amy of Mason City and Robert Jamtgaard and his wife, Betty of Abilene, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2000
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: United Methodist Church – Crystal Lake
215 Summit Avenue, Crystal Lake, Iowa 50432
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