Orville E. Nysted, a long-time resident of Colfax, Wisconsin left this earth for his Heavenly home on August 3, 2014.
Arrangements are being made for a Memorial Service to be held at the United Methodist Church in Colfax.
Orville Edward Nysted was born on November 10, 1925 in Bessemer, Michigan to Peter and Tilla Nysted. When he was five years old the Nysted family moved to Loyal, Wisconsin and he grew up there. A member of the graduation class of 1944, he cut high school short by enlisting in the US Navy as soon as his 17th birthday in 1943. Unique to the patriotic days of World War 2, his graduation diploma was presented to his mother at the 1944 graduation ceremony as his other classmates received theirs.
During his three-year term in the Navy he took his “boot” training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and then served at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Great Lakes. His next service was aboard the USS Hornet but he was reassigned to the COMSERPAC at Pearl Harbor. He served there until he had nearly enough points to qualify for discharge and was assigned to the USS Pocomoke, a seaplane tender. Once the Pocomoke was “mothballed” at the Naval Yards in Philadelphia he was returned to Great Lakes for discharge.
In the fall of 1946 he began his College years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. As a junior at St. Olaf he met and fell in love with Mildred J. Nysted, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Lee Holmes of Loyal and they married the following summer. On graduation from St. Olaf they moved to DesMoines where he had a job with the Home Insurance Company in their Crop Insurance Department. With the beginning of the Korean War, being a Naval Reservist, he was recalled for active service in the Navy. In 1952 he received his second Honorable Discharge and immediately moved to Iowa City, Iowa where he had registered at the University of Iowa to work on his Masters Degree in Education.
In 1953 a job offer from the Home Ins. Co. persuaded him to return to the crop insurance business, this time as a Special Agent working out of Minneapolis, MN. Two years later he was offered a job by Anchor Casualty Co. to establish a Crop Ins. Dept. for them. He enjoyed the challenges of starting a new business for them.
In 1964 he and wife Millie purchased and moved his family to a farm near Colfax, WI. He continued to commute to his office in St. Paul. As the result of a merger in the company he worked for, Orville was able to purchase the Crop Insurance Dept. he had built and managed for many years; and he organized “North Central Crop Insurance Co.” In 1978 he moved the company to Eau Claire so he could be closer to the farm. He declared that the 14-year, 82-mile (one way) commute to St. Paul had at least proved that he was a determined, stubborn Norwegian. North Central Crop Insurance had become a substantial crop insurer doing business in five local states.
Orville’s position in the crop insurance industry extended beyond just running his own company and included executive positions in the three major national crop insurance organizations. These were the organizations that coordinated efforts to properly establish premiums, properly pay claims, and improve the multi-peril insurance program. He was also a member of an international crop insurance organization which included Congresses in England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Italy.
He also joined with 11 other crop insurance executives in a State Department-sanctioned trip to Japan and China to discuss crop insurance with interested people in those countries. Mike Mansfield was then the Ambassador to Japan and he set up a meeting with the crop insurance people in Tokyo. In Beijing, China they met with Chinese statisticians who had preserved data from their work thru the turmoil of the Mau Tse Tung era.
Both he and Millie enjoyed their many travels to Europe and even the far east. Orville retired in 1989 and he and Millie got involved in “RVing”. With 5th wheel trailers and motor homes they traveled most of the great USA. Escaping the cold Wisconsin winters became part of their “Sno-bird” lifestyle thru-out the past many years.
Orville was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the United Methodist Church in Colfax and Sun Lakes, Arizona. He loved to sing and was a frequent soloist. He was a charter member of the Dunn County Barbershop Chorus and sang with the Desert Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus in Sun Lakes, AZ. He loved to garden and his home in Arizona and his farm home were accented with flowers.
Orville was an outspoken Christian and could recite examples of where God in his life had taken him by the hand and directed him through problems and opportunities. He strove to lead a life that would please the Lord. His faith assured him that Jesus had already paid the price to provide him a place in one of those mansions in Heaven for eternity.
Those Orville leaves behind include his children, Kathleen Holling (David) of Mooresville, IN and David Nysted (Bonnie) of Elk Mound, WI; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also 3 sisters Mary Nysted of Birchwood, WI, Jeanne Dahlby of Birchwood, WI, and Wanda Auth of Colfax, WI; also 1 brother Leonard Nysted of Highland Park, Illinois.
Orville was preceded in death by his beloved wife Millie; his parents Peter & Tilla Nysted; 1 brother Julius Nysted; 3 sisters Margaret Noeldner, Pearl Ursin, and Violet Finet.
Any memorials can be directed to the Colfax United Methodist Church, Colfax, WI; or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.