The Rev. Orville Herbert Meth, 88, of Minot, died on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Granville Elder Care.
Orville was born on Sept. 23, 1924, in Germantown Township, Wells County, to Gust and Elsie (Seibold) Meth. He was raised on a farm near Bremen, attended a rural school and graduated from Cathay High School in 1942.
He helped his father on the farm until the Lord called him into the ministry in 1947. He attended North American Baptist Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.
On June 18, 1949, Orville married Irma Jean Edinger in Cathay. They made their home in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the seminary had relocated. On June 1, 1952, he graduated from the seminary and was ordained at Germantown Baptist Church.
From 1952 until 1972, Orville served as pastor of five churches including in Odessa, Wash. (1952-1956), Stockton, Calif. (1956-1957), Venturia (1957-1962), Turtle Lake (1962-1966) and Elgin, Iowa (1966-1972). While in Iowa, he was instrumental in founding Village Creek Bible Camp in Lansing, Iowa. From 1972 until 1986, he served as Chaplain of the Baptist Home in Bismarck.
In 1982, Orville helped establish the Heritage Commission in Sioux Falls, S.D., the archival library of the North American Baptist Conference.
Orville was a caring, loving, generous person and had a vital prayer life. His prayers were a comfort and encouragement to others. He had a passion for the lost. One of Orville's hobbies was collecting and polishing rocks which he displayed. He loved the family farm and would visit whenever he could, recalling many fond memories.
He is survived by: his daughters, Deborah (Jerry) Weimer, of Modesto, Calif., and Esther (Dean) Redington, of Minot; son, Daniel (Rebecca) Meth, of Norfolk, Va.; grandchildren, Krista (Craig) Keathley, of Vero Beach, Fla., Tim Weimer, of Modesto, Calif., Naomi Redington, of Minot, Nathaniel Redington, of Minot, David Meth, of Norfolk, Va., and Dorothy Meth, of Norfolk, Va.; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Elaine Blinn, of Phoenix, Ariz.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irma; brother, Dayton; and granddaughter, Irma Mary Jean Clark.
Celebration of the Life of Rev. Orville Meth: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Minot.
Graveside service: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Germantown Baptist Church Cemetery, rural Fessenden.
Visitation: Today, Dec. 7, from 4 until 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to the North American Baptist Heritage Commission, First Baptist Church Future Expansion Fund or memorial of preference.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).