Orlin Richard Oium, 80, Towner, ND, died Friday, August 15, 2014, at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, ND.

Orlin Richard Oium,  80, Towner, ND,   died Friday, August 15, 2014,   at Heart  of America Medical Center in Rugby, ND.

Funeral services will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Towner on Wednesday,  August 20 at   10 a.m.  with Wally Fretland officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery in Towner. Visitation will be at the Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby on Tuesday from  3 pm until 9 pm and at the church an hour before the service.

Casketbearers will be Aaron Bryn, Bruce Dokken, Even Garnant, Arlyn Moen, Christopher Nelson, and Ryan Taylor. The Moen family will provide special  music with Oliene Hall playing the organ and piano. Military honors will be provided by the  Vernon T. Starks VFW Post 7067 in Towner and the North Dakota Military Honors Detail.

Orlin    was born to Richard and  Esther Irene Moen Oium at the home of Mrs. Shipman in Towner,  ND on August 9, 1934.  He was baptized on September 23, 1934 and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 27, 1948.   

He attended Red Cross Schools # 1 and # 2 in his township.  He graduated from Towner High School in 1953.   He continued his education at the School of Forestry in Bottineau and earned an Associate of Science Degree.  He also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Dakota State University in mechanized agriculture with a major in irrigation.   He was a member of the Alpha Zeta, the national honor society of agriculture.  He continued his education by studying under a research assistantship at the Deep  River Development Farm near Upham , ND by serving as Assistance Irrigation Engineer during the summer of  1957.  He worked for the  Farmers Home Administration  in Ramsey, Nelson, Stutsman, Stark, Billings, Golden Valley, Dunn, Benson, and McHenry Counties.  He resigned his position in March of 1963 to raise polled Herefords and Columbia sheep on his ranch. Later he raised Kadahtin hair sheep.  He truly loved raising his cattle and took great pride in his work with the livestock. In November,  1958 he was inducted in the US Army and served two years in the infantry, medical and dental corps at Fort Lewis, Washington, Camp Carlson, Colorado, and Brooks Army Medical Center in Texas.  He was honorably discharged in November, 1960 at the rank of Specialist  4. 

Governor William Guy appointed him to serve as advisor to the Souris Red Rainy River Basin Commission.  He served his community in many ways including being the chairman and board member of the McHenry County Farmers Union, Citizen’s United to Save the Valley, as vice chairman and board member of the Verendrye Electric Coop.  He was also a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Towner, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, Sons of Norway, Nordre Vestre, National Gudbrandsdalslaget and Valdres Samband.    He continued to ranch his grandfather Hans O. Oium’s homestead till the time of his death.   He had a great interest in genealogy, discussing politics, hunting and fishing, music, and most of all his Oliver farm equipment.   He was also a member of the International Cockshutt Club and the Oliver Hart Parr Club.

Orlin is survived by his sister, Joyce; one aunt; and several cousins.  

He  was preceded in death by his   parents and his brother, Gerald.

Memorials may be sent to the Iron Disorders Institute and the American Liver Foundation.

Niewoehner Funeral Home, Rugby, is in charge of arrangements.