Ory Ann Helene Champlin, age 94, of Austin, Minnesota died peacefully on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie surrounded by her loving family. Ory Ann Thompson was born December 30, 1921 in Freeborn County, Minnesota to Astor and Johanna (Aldahl) Thompson. A 1941 graduate of Austin High School, Ory worked for Hormel Foods Corporation in the early 40’s. On Christmas Day, December 25, 1942, she was united in marriage to Donald Champlin at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church parsonage in Austin. The couple raised 5 children. Ory enjoyed her role as homemaker and raising her children. She was a very patient person, and was a caregiver to her husband Don for several years, which allowed him to stay in their home. Don passed away in 1997. Among Ory’s favorite pastimes were sewing, gardening doing crafts, and spending time with friends and family. She belonged to St. Olaf Church as well as the Garden Club for many years. She volunteered her time to the church, belonged to WELCA, and she loved to bake. Ory was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be dearly missed.
Survivors include her children Daryl (Judy) Champlin of Austin, MN, Janice (David) Wistrcill of Forest Lake, MN, Duane (Julie) Champlin of Austin, MN, Douglas Champlin and David (Matira) Champlin, also of Austin; 9 grandchildren: Stephen (Jenny), Kristen (Jeremy), Nicole (Adam), Lisa (John), Erin (Justin), Alex, Miller, Madellane and Lenise (Kevin); 15 great-grandchildren: Mason, Ian, Michael, Lucas, Katelyn, Ashley (Mike), Taylor, Isaac, Ivy, Weston, Carson, Bode, Jackson, Barrett and Grif and 3 great-great grandchildren Landen, Elsie, and Crosby. Ory was preceded in death by her parents Astor and Johanna Thompson, her husband Donald, her brother Harold, her sisters Caroline Klement, Ruth Mayzlik, Adeline Henricks, and her grandson Evan.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church Austin. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Worlein Funeral Home and one hour before the service on November 10, 2016 at the church. Interment will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the recipient of donor’s choice. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.