Orville A. Hames, a longtime Remsen attorney from Le Mars, died Monday Aug. 2, 2004 at the age of 82, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars from complications after suffering a stroke on July 13, 2004.
Orville was born July 16, 1922, on the family farm northeast of Remsen, the son of Anton and Lucy (Willmes) Hames and was raised in the Remsen area. He graduated from Le Mars Central High School and attended Western Union College (Westmar College) in Le Mars and Trinity College in Sioux City. He served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corp. during World War II from February 1943 to February 1946. While stationed overseas in the Philippine Islands, he served as a radio mechanic and earned the rank of Corporal. Orville received two Philippine Liberation Ribbons, Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal. He also qualified as a carbine sharpshooter. Following his honorable discharge, Orville attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and then went on to the St. Paul College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., where he received his Juris Doctorate.
He married Carma Miller on Aug. 6, 1953, at Clarinda. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Remsen where he started his law practice. In 1960 the couple moved to Le Mars. Orville continued to operate his law firm in Remsen.
He was a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #1381.
Orville enjoyed fishing, hunting, flying and traveling. He was very proud of his Luxemburg heritage. He enjoyed playing the accordion and always strived to learn to play it better.
Survivors include his wife, Carma of Le Mars; four children: Orville Hames, Jr. and his wife Barbara, Julie Madden and her husband Rick, Elaine Mallette-Karli and her husband Gary Karli, and Robert Hames, all of Le Mars; a step-daughter, Marlene Haney and her husband, Bruce of Omaha, Neb.; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Goetzinger; and a sister-in-law, Marcine Hames, both of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Richard P. and Raphael Hames.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. William McCarthy presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars with graveside military honors provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion.
Friends may call anytime after 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars where there will be a vigil wake service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Michael Hames, Jeremy Karli, Jonathon Marking, Jeremiah Mallette, Matt Haney, Ryan Haney, Jessica Ramos, Kyla Marking and Mindy Hames.