Orville Hesch

Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal
Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal

Orville Eugene Hesch - age 93- Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and friend to so many – passed away on Sunday Evening, December 12th, 2021.

Orville was born on August 3rd, 1928 in Eckelson, ND He was so tiny his parents thought he was small enough to fit into a shoebox! He graduated high school in Valley City. It is there that Orville gained the nickname "Peewee" that would follow him throughout his life. His height of 5’2” inches was something he embraced and often enjoyed joking about. On his 90th Birthday his daughter Mary sang him the song “5’2 Eyes of Blue” and he changed the lyrics to 5’1 Son of a Gun! There are many stories he told about his life that would embarrass some but never him. He loved who he was. His confidence was evident in his self-deprecating humor that allowed everyone to be at ease with the amazing person he was. Orville graduated from St John’s University in St. Cloud, MN. It was there that he met lifelong friends and made many cherished memories. Because he was on a scholarship, he was required to work at the university. Unfortunately he did not succeed at the first few jobs assigned to him, but in unique Orville fashion, instead of getting demoted - he got promoted! He ended up working in the guest dining room which was the best job on campus! He enrolled into Graduate school at UND in Grand Forks and from there was able to join the National Guard as a Corporal and served Stateside during the Korean War. Again making buddies and doing his part to serve his country. Orville worked in the mail room where he got to meet and get to know so many of his fellow soldiers. He often told the story of when he carried a rifle, it drug on the ground during drills as he was not tall enough for it to clear. Once again showing his humor in all situations of life!

Orville then came home and lived in Bismarck working at Conlin's Furniture, and it was there that he started dating a beautiful girl named Mary Slag.

Orville married Mary Edna Slag on February 14th, 1953. This first love affair lasted 46 years and created 6 beautiful children. In Grand Forks, he started out working at O’Keefe and Bohlman's Furniture. His furniture career seemed to be where he was meant to be. In 1960, the Hesch’s moved to Devils Lake to help Marvel Jundt run her furniture store after her husband passed away. This led to the purchase of the store a few years later which they ran, along with long time manager and friend Denny Schwab. Orville had found his niche in life between the store, serving on The Planning Commission in the early years, volunteer positions, donating to many organizations and cultural events, travel, golf, coffee breaks; not to mention 6 rambunctious kids and all that goes with them. Their lives were so full of zest and a love of life, and a love for each other, that it was so special to know them. Their love of travel led them to many places – often taking the long way on back country roads to get there.

Orville lost Mary to pulmonary fibrosis in April of 1997. After a few years, he started his second love affair by dating another amazing woman from Devils Lake, Lois Storsteen. A few years later, they married on April 20th, 2004. They had the same love of family, travel and culture and that made such a wonderful life for them together. They often shared how much they absolutely loved how their families blended together. Several cruises were taken together and the extended family of 23 were the talk of the ship! The two of them were inseparable and made even doctor appointments a fun thing to do together. They loved their home in California with all of the wineries, culture, family and beauty, as well as coming back home to North Dakota to their roots, the farm land, and their families. Their lives were full to the brim with conversation, celebration and a love of life and each other that was amazing to be around.

Always a generous man, Orville donated to many organizations and cultural events both in North Dakota, California and around the world. It didn’t matter where he was – Orv gave back whatever he loved! His amazing generosity, his humor, his kindness, and his positivity were infectious. You couldn’t help leaving his presence a better person. He definitely made this world a better place while he was here and he will be deeply missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Preceded in Death by his parents Leonard and Hilda Hesch, First Wife Mary Hesch and siblings Jim Hesch, Delmar Hesch, Shirley Roberts and Leroy Hesch.

Survived by Wife Lois Hesch, Sons: Michael (Candy) Hesch of Wausau, WI. Paul (Diane) Hesch of Las Vegas, NM, Steven Hesch of Littleton, CO and Greg Hesch of Austin TX. Step Sons: Mark(MJ) Blanchfield of Devils Lake ND, Kyle (Karin) Blanchfield of Devils Lake, N Tim Storsteen of Course Gold, CA. Daughters: Mary (Paige) Hesch of Stevens Point, WI Ann(Craig) Antonson of Rice Lake, WI. Step Daughters: Deb Foughty of Grover Beach, CA Jody Storsteen of Paso Robles, CA, Nancy (Gary) Conkins of Devils Lake, ND. Foster Daughter Rusty (Don) Barnes of Loganville, GA. 19 Amazing Grandchildren and many Great and Great-Great Grandchildren.

A private family celebration will be held in Port Aransas Texas on January 2nd where half of his ashes will be placed in the same location as Mary was 25 years ago. The other half of his ashes will be buried during a larger celebration of life that is being planned for the summer of 2022 in Devils Lake, ND. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at bit.ly/maryhesch

Posted online on January 11, 2022

Published in Devils Lake Journal

Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal
Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal

Orville Hesch

Orville Eugene Hesch - age 93- Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and friend to so many – passed away on Sunday Evening, December 12th, 2021.

Orville was born on August 3rd, 1928 in Eckelson, ND He was so tiny his parents thought he was small enough to fit into a shoebox! He graduated high school in Valley City. It is there that Orville gained the nickname "Peewee" that would follow him throughout his life. His height of 5’2” inches was something he embraced and often enjoyed joking about. On his 90th Birthday his daughter Mary sang him the song “5’2 Eyes of Blue” and he changed the lyrics to 5’1 Son of a Gun! There are many stories he told about his life that would embarrass some but never him. He loved who he was. His confidence was evident in his self-deprecating humor that allowed everyone to be at ease with the amazing person he was. Orville graduated from St John’s University in St. Cloud, MN. It was there that he met lifelong friends and made many cherished memories. Because he was on a scholarship, he was required to work at the university. Unfortunately he did not succeed at the first few jobs assigned to him, but in unique Orville fashion, instead of getting demoted - he got promoted! He ended up working in the guest dining room which was the best job on campus! He enrolled into Graduate school at UND in Grand Forks and from there was able to join the National Guard as a Corporal and served Stateside during the Korean War. Again making buddies and doing his part to serve his country. Orville worked in the mail room where he got to meet and get to know so many of his fellow soldiers. He often told the story of when he carried a rifle, it drug on the ground during drills as he was not tall enough for it to clear. Once again showing his humor in all situations of life!

Orville then came home and lived in Bismarck working at Conlin's Furniture, and it was there that he started dating a beautiful girl named Mary Slag.

Orville married Mary Edna Slag on February 14th, 1953. This first love affair lasted 46 years and created 6 beautiful children. In Grand Forks, he started out working at O’Keefe and Bohlman's Furniture. His furniture career seemed to be where he was meant to be. In 1960, the Hesch’s moved to Devils Lake to help Marvel Jundt run her furniture store after her husband passed away. This led to the purchase of the store a few years later which they ran, along with long time manager and friend Denny Schwab. Orville had found his niche in life between the store, serving on The Planning Commission in the early years, volunteer positions, donating to many organizations and cultural events, travel, golf, coffee breaks; not to mention 6 rambunctious kids and all that goes with them. Their lives were so full of zest and a love of life, and a love for each other, that it was so special to know them. Their love of travel led them to many places – often taking the long way on back country roads to get there.

Orville lost Mary to pulmonary fibrosis in April of 1997. After a few years, he started his second love affair by dating another amazing woman from Devils Lake, Lois Storsteen. A few years later, they married on April 20th, 2004. They had the same love of family, travel and culture and that made such a wonderful life for them together. They often shared how much they absolutely loved how their families blended together. Several cruises were taken together and the extended family of 23 were the talk of the ship! The two of them were inseparable and made even doctor appointments a fun thing to do together. They loved their home in California with all of the wineries, culture, family and beauty, as well as coming back home to North Dakota to their roots, the farm land, and their families. Their lives were full to the brim with conversation, celebration and a love of life and each other that was amazing to be around.

Always a generous man, Orville donated to many organizations and cultural events both in North Dakota, California and around the world. It didn’t matter where he was – Orv gave back whatever he loved! His amazing generosity, his humor, his kindness, and his positivity were infectious. You couldn’t help leaving his presence a better person. He definitely made this world a better place while he was here and he will be deeply missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Preceded in Death by his parents Leonard and Hilda Hesch, First Wife Mary Hesch and siblings Jim Hesch, Delmar Hesch, Shirley Roberts and Leroy Hesch.

Survived by Wife Lois Hesch, Sons: Michael (Candy) Hesch of Wausau, WI. Paul (Diane) Hesch of Las Vegas, NM, Steven Hesch of Littleton, CO and Greg Hesch of Austin TX. Step Sons: Mark(MJ) Blanchfield of Devils Lake ND, Kyle (Karin) Blanchfield of Devils Lake, N Tim Storsteen of Course Gold, CA. Daughters: Mary (Paige) Hesch of Stevens Point, WI Ann(Craig) Antonson of Rice Lake, WI. Step Daughters: Deb Foughty of Grover Beach, CA Jody Storsteen of Paso Robles, CA, Nancy (Gary) Conkins of Devils Lake, ND. Foster Daughter Rusty (Don) Barnes of Loganville, GA. 19 Amazing Grandchildren and many Great and Great-Great Grandchildren.

A private family celebration will be held in Port Aransas Texas on January 2nd where half of his ashes will be placed in the same location as Mary was 25 years ago. The other half of his ashes will be buried during a larger celebration of life that is being planned for the summer of 2022 in Devils Lake, ND. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at bit.ly/maryhesch

Posted online on January 11, 2022

Published in Devils Lake Journal