BAXTER - Orville Bachel, age 87, of Baxter, passed away Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, 2009, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
The funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Wake services will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter with parish prayers at 7 p.m. Friends may gather for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in the Baxter City Cemetery.
Orville George Bachel was born on Feb. 23, 1922, in Chokio, Minn., the son of Joseph and Rose Mary (Leither) Bachel. He grew up in Chokio and moved to Brainerd in 1944. On Sept. 22, 1954, he was united in marriage to Arlene Yalch in Brainerd, Minn. Orville and Arlene were able to share 55 years of marriage together. To this union eight children were born. Orville was an auto mechanic for Mills Motors for almost 50 years and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. He was very proud of building his own house with the help of his brother-in-law, Sherdie Adair, while raising his family and working full time.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Rose Mary; brothers Clifford, Francis and James Bachel; sisters Lorraine Paulsen, Bertha Bachel and Blanche Adair; and grandson Bruce.
Orville will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Arlene of Baxter; children Michael (Kang) Bachel of Sumter, S.C., Barbara Burkey of Roseville, Minn., Bradley (Young) Bachel stationed in Korea, Deborah (Brent) Prescott of Brainerd, Timothy Bachel of Brainerd, Thomas (Hwa) Bachel of Moore, Okla., Gregory (Bernadette) Bachel of Weirsdale, Fla., and Melissa (Jason) Stallman of New Brighton, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; sisters Betty Petersen of Nisswa and Rosemary Davis of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; many nieces and nephews; and his canine companion, Chauncey.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
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