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Orpheus Korlaske 1918-2012

October 11, 2012
Emmetsburg News

Memorial service for Orpheus W. Korlaske of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo will officiate.

Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. Military rites will be conducted by members of V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg.

The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Orpheus William Korlaske, son of Bill and Elizabeth (Gilman) Korlaske, was born March 20, 1918, in Emmetsburg. He received his education in the Emmetsburg Catholic Schools.

On March 16, 1940, Orpheus was united in marriage to Marjorie Wilson in Emmetsburg. Orpheus entered active service in the United States Army on May 17, 1943, serving in Europe for twenty two months during World War II. He was honorably discharged on April 17, 1946.

Orpheus and Marjorie made their home in Emmetsburg, where Orpheus was employed as a heating and air conditioning specialist. He owned and operated H.V. Wilson & Sons Plumbing and Heating with his father-in-law, Harley Wilson and his brother-in-law, Albert Lutroe for many years.

Orpheus was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fixing things and "tinkering" with anything that needed fixing. He looked forward to going to restaurants in the area for dinner and visiting with others or just going out for a ride.

Orpheus passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg at the age of 94.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Elizabeth Korlaske; his wife, Marjorie Korlaske; and three sisters, Shirley Conway, Jean Kelly and Charlotte Lockwood.

He is survived by his daughter, Rita Mazur of Sparks, NV; a brother, Robert Korlaske of Des Moines; sisters-in-law, Mona Knudson of Emmetsburg, and Beverly Campbell of Oviedo, FL; brother-in-law, Paul Campbell of Oviedo, FL; numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to N.P.R. or Iowa Public Television.

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