Morris Odin Luvaas

                    November 6, 1917  -  September 21, 2005

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Mr. Morris O. Luvaas, age 87, Clark. He died Wednesday morning in Beverly Healthcare Center at Clark.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 26, 2005 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Clark with the Reverend Roger Semmler officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery at Clark. Rosella Hanson will be the organist and Roger Nordhus the soloist. He will sing "Precious Lord Take My Hand" and "How Great Thou Art". The congregation will sing "Amazing Grace" and "Beautiful Savior". Honorary Casketbearers will be Levi Luvaas and all other family members and friends. Active casketbearers will be Nathan, Glen and Ken Luvaas, Jim Fiedler, Mike Bjerke and James Holm.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5-7 PM at the Furness Funeral Home at Clark and after 9AM at the Church on Monday morning.

He was born on November 6, 1917 in Cottonwood Township, Clark County, rural Lily, SD, the son of Albert and Annie (Skavern) Luvaas. He attended grade school at Lily and also at Thorp consolidated.

In 1941 he moved to Wilmington, CA and was employed in the Cal shipyards. On July 15, 1942 he was inducted into the US Army Air Corps at Ft. Snelling, MN. He served proudly in the China-Burma-India Theatre of operation during World War II and was honorably discharges in December of 1945. During his stint in the service, he was united in marriage to Helma Anita Schrum. To this union three children were born: Dixie Maureen, Sandra Jeanne and Darrell Odin. In 1946 he was employed by the Northwestern Public Service Co. and over the next 35 years worked his way up to Superintendent at the Clark office.

He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Clark and had served as president of the Church council. He was also a member of the Cagley-Smith American Legion Post #60 of Clark.

Morris was a loving, gentle man who lived his life as a powerful example to his family. He never complained, raised his voice in anger or said a bad word about anyone ' all strengths of his proud Norwegian heritage. Morris exemplified 'The Greatest Generation' in his devotion to family and country. His interest in travel grew out of his experiences in WWII and he shared that with his family by taking them yearly on trips around the state, the country and the world.

Some of his hobbies included fishing, trapping and gardening. Second to none though was his love of hunting, anything that would bring him close to nature and the outdoors. The Clark County pheasant population is breathing a little easier today!

Grateful for having shared in his life is his wife Anita of Clark, three children, Dixie Vella and husband Alex of Bloomington, MN, Sandy Ingwaldson of Plymouth, MN and Darrell Luvaas of Rapid City, SD; three grandsons, Eric Luvaas, Jace Ingwaldson and Anthony Vella; a sister, Esther Bjerke and husband Richard of Crocker and a sister-in-law, Lauretta Luvaas of Bradley.

Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers, Asbjorn, Thorlief, Oliver and Gustav Luvaas and a sister Nora Wagner.

Arrangements by the Furness Funeral Home at Clark where you can email a condolence at

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Born: November 6, 1917

Death: September 21, 2005

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Furness Funeral Home
Clark, SD