Orville R. Messmer, 90, Huntingburg

Orville R. Messmer, 90, of Huntingburg, died Sunday, March 8, at The Timbers of Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg December 22, 1929, to Frank and Rose (Bische) Messmer. He married RoseMary Egler April 21, 1956, in Ferdinand. She died July 29, 2007.

Orville was a retired farmer and timber cutter. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, Huntingburg VFW Post 2366, a lifelong member of the YMI Club in Huntingburg, and past president of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Jasper. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, an avid horse racing and St. Louis Cardinals fan, and an enthusiastic sheepshead card player.

He is survived by one daughter, Sandi Lent and husband David, Newburgh; five sons, Stanley Messmer, Curt Messmer and wife Mary, Patrick Messmer and wife Sheryl, Tim Messmer and wife Ann, and Doug Messmer and wife Karen, all of Huntingburg; three sisters, Sally Oeding and Ann Hoffman, both of Huntingburg, and Norma Steffen, Jasper; three brothers, Hubert Messmer, Ferdinand, Bernie Mohler, Crawfordsville, and Donald Messmer, Stendal; 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, Allen Messmer; two sisters, Viola Schaefer and Leona Messmer, two brothers, Virgil and Richard Messmer, and one daughter-in-law, Lynne Messmer.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish prayer vigil, conducted by Deacon Tom Holsworth, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A YMI memorial service will immediately follow the prayer vigil. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Online condolences can be shared ¬†at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 2366 memorial detail. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

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