Orville Bakke, age 81, of East Bethel died November 12, 2012 at home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 16, 2012 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Rev. Hal Weldin officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 15th at our Isanti Chapel and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in Oak Leaf Cemetery in East Bethel.
Orville Edwin Bakke was born July 8, 1931 in Minneapolis to Edward and Olga (Ensrud) Bakke. He was raised in the Osseo area and graduated from Osseo High School. On February 7, 1959 he married Marjorie Tappe in Minneapolis. They made their home in Brooklyn Park until 1969 when they moved to East Bethel. Orville worked at Western Weighing, later Grain Belt Brewery for 13 years and then then for Midland Coop for 10 years. He also farmed first in Brooklyn Park and then in East Bethel. He enjoyed his vegetable garden, fishing, woodworking and collecting toy tractors.
Orville’s wife, Marjorie, preceded him in death on May 11, 1992. He is survived by2 sons, Bradlee Bakke of Eden Prairie, Russell (Kristine) Bakke of East Bethel; 2 grandchildren, Allison and Kellie Bakke of Eden Prairie; 2 step-grandchildren, Nick (Megan) Bergman of Oakdale, Zach Bergman of Minnetonka; 1 sister, Esther (Marshall) Parsons of Albertville; and by many other relatives and friends.