Emmett Oien, of Alexandria, formerly of Mora, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at his home.  He was 93 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Pastor Dean Oelfke officiating.


PLEASE NOTE: FACE MASKS are REQUIRED for EVERYONE at Calvary Lutheran Church for Emmett’s services.

VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

MEMORIALS are preferred to Calvary Lutheran Church, Children’s Haven International, or Knute Nelson Hospice in lieu of flowers.

Emmett Tilman Oien formerly of Mora, Minnesota passed away on May 14, 2021 after a short illness in his home in Alexandria, Minnesota. He was 93 years old.

Emmett was born on August 4,1927 to Tilman G. and Sigrid (Ugland) Oien in Mora, MN. He grew up on his family farm in Knife Lake Township and attended school in Hamilton District 49. He graduated from Mora High School in 1945, enlisted in the US Naval Reserves where he served for two years during and after WWII.

He attended Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, during this time he met Beverly Brask. They were married on June 22,1952 in Cokato, Minnesota. During their early marriage, Emmett and Beverly lived in Larsmont, Minnesota near Two Harbors, working road construction before moving back to Mora to raise their family. Emmett was employed at Kanabec Hardware and Blaw Knox Corporation before starting Gorham-Oien Mechanical Inc. He worked with Gorham-Oien Mechanical until his retirement. Emmett was baptized, confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora and he considered Calvary Lutheran his church home.

Emmett was actively involved in the local community, taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, was a member of the Mora Lions Club, Ducks Unlimited, American Legion to name a few. He served for many years on the Kanabec County Hospital Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling with his family. He enjoyed woodworking, most of his children and grandchildren have received items he made in his beloved woodworking shop.

Emmett was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Beverly; children, Craig (Lynn) Oien of Owatonna, MN; Kalynn (Neal) Larson of Alexandria, MN; Karn (Jim) Baker of Box Elder, SD; Cary (Wendy) Oien of Culpeper, VA; grandchildren, Marc, Mara, Michael, Katie, Charlie, Marin, Megan, Melissa, Samuel and Alex; many great grandchildren; his two brothers, David and Wallace (Ann) Oien and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church, Children’s Haven International, or Knute Nelson Hospice.

7 thoughts on “EMMETT OIEN”

  1. Our sympathy to Bev and the family. Emmett was a great guy and loved talking with him.

  2. Bev and family, we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers as you adjust to your new normal. May your great memories be many. Cherish your days together.

  3. My heart goes out to Bev and all the family at this time. Emmett was my first cousin. He was a special presence in my life and even though we always lived miles apart, we kept in touch with phone calls and Christmas cards. I appreciate what a special and nice man he was and I was always comforted by the family connection we had. He has always been supportive and always showed an interest and asked about my family. I have a special memory of Emmet and Bev visiting me in Fairfax, VA. It meant so much to me that they made the effort to come and see me there. Cary and Wendy also came by. To Bev and the family, I know you will miss Emmett very much and my prayers are with you all. God Bless.

  4. Dear Bev and family, You know how much I have loved you both, and what joy it has been to get to know you and Emmett here at Grand Arbor in Alexandria.

    Bev, you and Emmett certainly have been “salt of the earth people,” and your strong faith in Jesus just radiates to all of us. Bev, that will be your source of comfort in the days ahead. Pal and I will also help to take good care of you!🥰
    God bless you real good! Love from Carol DITTBERNER. ❤️✝️🙏🐶😇❤️

  5. Jim, Karn and family, prayers for peace and healing ❤️So sorry for your loss.

  6. condolences to the Oien family at the loss of Emmett. Thoughts and prayers. Have many fond memories of living on Mclean st. and of your family. God Bless

  7. Our sincere condolences to Bev and her family at the loss of Emmett.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. It was wonderful having
    you as neighbors all those years. We still miss you all.

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