Orville Dwaine Wiersma, the son of Gerrit and Jennie (Kreykes) Wiersma, was born on May 21, 1926 at Sanborn. He grew up in Sheldon and graduated from Sheldon High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Orville was united in marriage to Beverly Bress on Nov. 23, 1950 in Sheldon. They made their home in Sheldon for most of their married life, and were blessed with four children: Karen, Cindy, Julie and Dennis. He owned and operated the Manila Dry Cleaners in Manila, IA and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a carrier and postmaster at the Sheldon, Alvord and Sanborn post offices for 30 years. He retired in 1983. Orville and Beverly traveled after their retirement for eighteen years with their fifth wheel trailer. They traveled to all 48 states in the US, except Alaska and Hawaii. In 2000, they moved to an apartment in Spencer. Orville passed away at his home with his family by his side on Friday, March 19, 2010 at the age of 83.
Orville loved traveling, and playing and visiting with his children and grandchildren. He was active in the American Legion and the Rural Mail Carrier Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jim and Don, a sister, Iva, and a great grandson, Trevor.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Beverly of 59 years; children: Karen Brown, and her husband, Mike of Sutherland, Cindy Prevo, and her husband, Mark of Bloomfield, Julie Waterman, and her husband Todd of Milford, and Dennis Wiersma of Cherokee. Eight grandchildren: Travis (Leigh) Brown, Chad (Elizabeth) Brown, Kevin (Angela) Prevo, Jason (Amanda) Prevo, Kyle Prevo, Matthew Waterman, Christina (Kyle) Colman and Danielle Wiersma, other relatives and many friends.