ORRIN O. AGRIMSON
August 29, 1923 ~ September 2, 2013
Orrin O. Agrimson, 90, of Vancouver, WA, who was awarded the Purple Heart
and the Bronze Star
, died Sept. 2, 2013. He was born Aug. 29, 1923, in Sebeka, MN, to Peter and Thea Agrimson. His mother died when he was seven months old and Orrin was raised by an aunt and uncle on their farm in Woden, IA.
In 1942, Orrin enlisted in the U.S. Army
and served in the Pacific, including on Leyte Island and Cebu Island.
After the war, Orrin entered college and landed a job at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. That started a long career in medical work.
He owned Criticare of Oregon and Puget Sound Medical Services, companies that supplied hospitals with medical equipment. He served on the board of directors of Portland's Emanuel Hospital.
Committed to helping others in business, Orrin served as a counselor for the Senior Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). He also was a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and the American Legion.
Proud of his Norwegian heritage, Orrin was an active member of the Sons of Norway. He reveled in taking guests to the holiday lutefisk and lefsa feast at the club in Vancouver's Hough neighborhood.
Orrin was the consummate host. He was known for lively times at gatherings and was not shy about serving the Norwegian drink aquavite at special occasions.
He enjoyed salmon fishing at the Washington coast and preparing the catch. He loved feeding the birds that flocked to his home and the sunsets over Vancouver Lake. His travels with wife June took him to Norway, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. He had a caring nature and won friends easily.
Asked at his 90th birthday party the secret for surviving nine decades, he simply said, "Have fun."
Orrin is survived by his wife of 43 years, June, at home; sons, Kim and Tom of the Portland area; three daughters, Laurie of Minneapolis, MN, Carol of Hiroshima, Japan, and Cathy of Portland; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his step-children, Marc Berg and Brian Berg of Vancouver and Susan Turgeon of Hawaii; seven grandchildren; and his brothers, Paul and Robert of Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kelly; and three sisters.
A celebration of life is pending.
Please sign his guestbook at: www.columbian.com/obits