James L. Ornberg, 83, died December 6, 2020 at Crestview Senior Community in Blaine, Minnesota.
James was born in Willmar, Minnesota, to Lloyd and Fannie (Ruter). He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren more than life itself.
He attended Willmar High School, class of 1955, and the University of Minnesota. He had a 48 year career with the Minnesota Department of Transportation where he began working on a survey crew in Willmar and culminated his career as Metro Inspection Supervisor in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He was active in his church as a council member and president, Sunday school and confirmation instructor, evangelist, and Kogudus Renewal Ministry participant.
He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, hunting, cars, snowmobiling, playing cards, Torsk Club, and spending time with friends and family at the lake cabin. He will be remembered for his witty humor and as an all-around Good Samaritan.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, LinNea (Nygaard); daughter, Debra (John) Butler; son, Michael (Rhonda); daughter, Kristine Ornberg; daughter, Karin (Steve) Ornberg; grandchildren Anna (Nathan), David (Megan), Shawn (Megan), Amanda (Joshua), Kaaren (Greg), Justin, and Elizabeth; six great grandchildren; brothers Paul (Kay), Richard (Judy), Larry (Dianne); sisters-in law Audrey (Glen) and Doris; brother-in-law, Gene; nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Fannie (Ruter) and sister, Lorraine Randall.
The family is grateful to the staff at Crestview Senior Community at Blaine and Allina Hospice for their compassionate care of Jim over the years.
Visitation in honor of James and LinNea will be at Kozlak-Radulovich Chapel (1385-107 th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN) on Friday, August 20th, 6-8pm, with a brief prayer service at 7:00 pm.
A Memorial Service for James and LinNea will be at Nordland Lutheran Church (18510-180 th Ave. NE, Paynesville, MN) on Saturday, August 21 st at 2:00pm, with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials preferred to Allina Health Hospice Foundation, https://www.allinahealth.org/medical-services/chronic-and-advanced-illness/hospice/allina-health-hospice-foundation/ways-to-give or to Nordland Lutheran Church.
Flowers may be sent to Nordland Lutheran Church or a donation, in lieu of flowers, can directed to Crest View Resident Garden c/o Holly Stange at Crest View Senior Living in Blaine.