Condolence & Memory Journal

My cousin Cory was one of the nicest people I know.  I remember visiting Irvin and Olive's place out in the country, many years ago.  I'm sorry that I never got to know his family, and that I can't attend the funeral.  I know he will be missed greatly.

Posted by Loren Orvik - Fort Smith, AR   October 27, 2010

My cousin, Cory, was one of the "good guys".

Posted by John R Orvik - Casselton, ND   October 27, 2010

It is with great sadness that we express our condolences on the loss of our fellow Rider, and veteran. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cory's family. His memories will ride on, with us. May God rest his soul.

Posted by Randy Lindborg - Dickinson, ND   October 27, 2010

My thoughts & prayers are with Cory's family & friends. May your hearts find peace, comfort, & healing. You have a very special guardian angel in heaven.

Posted by Tarra Hartl - Bismarck, ND   October 27, 2010

The one thing I remember about Cory, is he could always put a smile on your face.  I havn't seen him in many years, but I know his daughters and family and I know that he will be dearly missed.  He was a good man, and a brave man.  

We will miss you.

Posted by Lisa Jansen (Anderson) - Bemidji, MN   October 27, 2010

We sre so sorry for your loss.  You are in our prayers.  God bless you.

Posted by Gary & Joan Koplin - Perham, MN   October 27, 2010

Cory will be truely be missed by all who knew him.  

Posted by Marsha - Kindred, ND   October 27, 2010

He was one of the most enthusiastic people I have known.  Many lives have been touched by him in an empowering way. I remember his dedication to improving young people lives.

REX MONTIS my friend.

Posted by Tim &  Barb Fellman - Bemidji, MN   October 27, 2010

I met Cory when I was a Girl Scout leader. We were having a sleepover at the armory where he was in charge. When we met he was putting together Easter baskets for his kids. I thought "What a great guy!" And he was. My fiance' Jim and I got to know him better through BE. He was always there to lend a helping hand, a kick in the butt, and a huge smile.

Our thoughts are with his family. He loved you a lot.

Posted by Sue Bergren - Becida, MN   October 27, 2010

Cory was a great guy to work with and a person who always had time for a friend.

He always greeted people so warmly and had a great heart.

I worked with Cory many years ago when his children were babies and everyone knew that they were everything to him.  I will pray for his family to make it through the tough loss of such a wonderful man.

Posted by Pam Bettin - Burnsville, MN   October 27, 2010

When I was in 6th grade I got the opportunity to attend Gaurd Camp at Camp Ripley.  Cory was my counselor for the Fighting Falcons!  I can still hear him shouting as we marched in cadence to breakfast...I got the chance to visit with him recently, it had been about 17 years since Guard Camp and he still remembered me and gave me a great big hug!  He will be greatly missed.  

Posted by Emily Steinmetz (Burnside) - Sartell, MN   October 27, 2010

Our sympathy and friendship to Cory's family.We know Stacy & Brady from when we lived in Bemidji and got to know Cory here in Ottertail as he was the school bus driver.He would stop at the local gas staion where Karri works and we would exchange notes on Stacy, Brady, Derrick and our son Josh. Then we would talk "grandbabies" and Cory's face would "light up"! It's always hard to lose someone you love but God has other plans for us. Take care.    

Posted by Lowell & Karri Johnson - Perham, MN   October 27, 2010

Cory was the coolest bus driver-he did some very neat things on his route. My son Tucker transferred to Perham schools after Thanksgiving and Cory was his driver. I know Tucker really respected him, and Cory went out of his way to make sure Tucker felt welcome and let him know that he was appreciative of his dad's service. Cory knew that our son was struggling with his dad being in Iraq with the guards, and made sure he told Tucker to pass on his thanks! We are sure going to miss him. Our hearts are with the family!

Posted by Craig, Geri & Tucker Salmela - MN   October 27, 2010

I have known Cory for many years - we went to the same country church and were in confirmation at the same time. He was always so kind and genuine. The last time I saw him - he was at the school in Clearbrook speaking to the high school kids about the Guard. He had a quick smile and a hug for a friend - I'm sure he will be greatly missed by his family and all of the people he touched. We have all been blessed to have the privilage of knowing him.

May God be near you in your time of loss. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Debbie (Tollefson) Rentz - Eagan, MN   October 27, 2010

My sympathies to your family. I have known Cory since I was 17, he was a good man, and he will be missed by all that knew him.  

Posted by Chad Schroth - Thief River Falls, MN   October 27, 2010

Our heartfelt sympathies to Cory's family.  He was a great soldier and good friend.  He will be missed by all. God has truly chosen a good man!  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Bryan and Karen Raguse - Brainerd, MN   October 27, 2010

Sergeant Orvik, (which I will always remember him by) was a true patriot.  You could not find a person who truly cared about taking pride in being an American.  What I can remember when I was being recruited was that he was a good talker and listener and made you feel comfortable.  He really cared that you were going to be a apart of the National Guard family.  Sergeant Orvik you will be missed.


Paul Peterson

Posted by Paul Peterson - Thief River Falls, MN   October 27, 2010

cory was a great bus driver and he treated us with respect and loved to drive us to and from school.

cory always had gave us candy for every holladay and cards for our birthdays.

Posted by kayla jahnke    October 27, 2010

Our sympathy to Corys family. Cory was a special person that will be remembered for his kind,fun,and caring ways.He touched many lives and will always be remembered as a special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family    Janice and Clayton.

Posted by Clayton and Janice Bannor - Laporte Mn., MN   October 27, 2010

I remember Cory form high school.  I got along with him pretty good.  He was a nice guy and will be missed.  

Posted by Loren Julin - Shevlin, MN   October 27, 2010

My deepest sympathy to the family of Cory.

Sincerely Leonie Gardner.

Posted by Leonie Gardner - Eden Prairie, MN   October 27, 2010

I still cannot believe you are gone from this earth. The Lord must have needed your friendly smile, understanding nature, and willingness to help somewhere else. I will never forget you Cory.

Posted by Mike Smith - Shevlin, MN   October 27, 2010

What a geat guy he was. He will be missed by so many people.

We are so sorry to hear of his death. What a great guy! People will remember his dedication to the military. He was one in a million.

We extend our sincere sympathy to his family; you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Andy & Ruby

Posted by Andy & Ruby Anderson - Bemidji, MN   October 27, 2010

My deepest sympathy to the family of Cory.  Having just lost my father, I know this will be a very difficult time for the family.  My heart goes out to you all.  Stay strong and be proud to have known such a wonderful man!

Posted by Laura Hemmesch - Richmond, MN   October 27, 2010

God bless you in this time of sorrow. Loosing a daughter at such a young we would not had made it without the support of friends and family. They will be there for you.

Posted by David Ohman - Detroit Lakes, MN   October 27, 2010

My heart goes out to Cory's family and friends.  I never knew or met Cory, but the simple fact that he is a veteran, and a member of the Patriot Guard Riders moves me to send my deepest condolences.  May God grant you His peace.

Posted by Don Rasmuson - Buxton, ND   October 27, 2010

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Our thoughts & prayers go out to your entire family.  When someone you love becomes a memory ~ that memory becomes a treasure.  Our sincere sympathy.

Posted by Bemidji Lady Ducks - Bemidji, MN   October 27, 2010