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.