Orville L. Bierman, September 27, 1934 - March 19, 2019

Orville L. Bierman
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Orville Bierman passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He had been suffering from MDS when he had a massive brain bleed on Saturday while family was visiting.

Orville was born on September 27, 1934 near Jeffers, MN. His first four years of schooling were in a one-room country school. He then attended Jeffers public schools and graduated in 1952. Following one year at Mankato Commercial College and one year of banking experience, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following discharge, he enrolled at Mankato State and received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. His teaching experience included teaching in the Marshall, MN public schools, Hamline University, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. He received his M.S. and PH. D in Mathematics from the University of Utah at Salt Lake City. He taught in the Mathematics department at UWEC from 1971-1998.

Orville met his future wife, Elaine Saari, at the Central Lutheran Young Adult group in Minneapolis. They were married on June 13, 1964. Orville and Elaine were faithful members of Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Orville enjoyed many hobbies and sports including stained glass, scroll saw work, and wood turning. He was an active member of the Chippewa Wood Turners Guild. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, dart ball, and softball. At the time of his passing, he was president of the Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture (Norden Folk).

He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Esther Bierman, brothers Wallace and Loren Bierman, and sister Phyllis (Bierman) Polkow.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and daughters Kristie (Mike) Hochrein of Fond du Lac, Lori (Randy) Guse of Germantown, Bethany (Jim) Krepela of Minneapolis, and sister-in-law Doris (Polkow) Bierman of Jeffers, MN. Also surviving are grandchildren Arthur and Elaina Guse, Colin, Kaija and Caris Krepela, and many extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the Church of the Lutheran Brethren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Hulke Family Funeral Home. Pastor John Wile will officiate the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 West Hamilton Ave., with an additional viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Burial with military honors will take place at 2 p.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. David&Deborah Hadley April 4, 2019

    Our hearts are full of sorrow for your family. A favorite memory for us was Aunt Elaine & Uncle Orville came to visit and stayed a few days.Happend to be his birthday so Aunt Elaine asked if we could get a cake. I have a lady who has made some wonderful cakes for us. We wanted to have a fish design.What a fish! He was so happy and loved that we had thought to have a fish design put on . We were able to visit 12 years ago. Here we come with camper 2dogs and 2 year old grandson in tow. We were going to get a camp site but no way was Uncle Orville having any of that. Back in the driveway l” guide you back. He and David worked well together. So we were treated with so much love and kindness. We were even introduced to SunChips they were yummy. We were chauffeured around town, went to a small zoo to entertain the grandson. They took such great care of us.You had such super parents who always put you first and were so proud of their girls. You could feel the love respect and how much pride they had for all 3 when we received Christmas letters from them.Keep all those memories close to your hearts. You were blessed to have them. Love David & Deborah Hadley

  2. Gary and Beverly Bossey March 26, 2019

    So very sorry for the loss of your father and our close friend, Beverly's Uncle Orv. May he rest in peace. Gary and Bev Bossey

  3. Karen (Bluem) Derks March 26, 2019

    Kristie and family of Orville: I am so sorry for your loss. Loss of a parent is always difficult. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Karen

  4. JAMES M ABENS March 24, 2019

    I always thought a lot of Orv, especially when I saw him downhill ski at a church outing in the early nineties. Sorry for your loss. Blessings on you all. Jim Abens

  5. Laurie and Jim Erdman March 24, 2019

    Dear Elaine and family,
    We send you our great sympathy at your loss and prayers for your family. We are so sorry for your loss but we know that Orv is in a wonderful place. God be with you all as I know he is. You have great faith.

    With love,
    Laurie and Jim Erdman

  6. Tom and Sharon Wineinger March 24, 2019

    Our deepest sympathy to Elaine, Kristie, Lori and Bethany in the lose of your love one. He was colleague of mine in the Math Department and his family were long time friends of our family. I will miss the good times we had golfing together and the conversations we had at the tenth hole.

  7. Emily Fischer March 21, 2019

    I am holding all of you in prayer. May the Lord bless you with peace and love in your hearts.

  8. Carolyn trnka March 21, 2019

    Holding you up in prayer through this difficult time.

  9. Meghan and John Dimick March 20, 2019

    I have wonderful memories of enjoyable visits with my great Uncle Orv! Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to Elaine and Kristie, Lori, and Bethany and your families! Love and blessings to you all!
    John and Meghan Dimick
    Savannah and Vanessa

  10. david olson March 20, 2019

    I always enjoyed running into orville at bethesda., He had a twinkle in his eye and always could strike up a conversation with a farmer and make this country kid feel welcome..
    blessed be the memory of this man of God.

    david olson

  11. Joel Hendrickson March 20, 2019

    While a student at Stout, I remember going to Sunday dinner after church and could not imagine raising three girls! All giggles and smiles. Elaine and Orv loved telling me about their relationship with my parents, but I think I enjoyed the joy on your dad's face as he sat at the dinner table the most. It was not until I became a father that I truly understood that look of contentment and joy on his face. Love to all of you.