(photos courtesy of Carol Kaye)
Orvel Lee Likens
HARTFORD - Orvel Lee "Buster" Likens, 88, of
Hartford passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at
his daughter's home in Beaver Dam. He was born May
28, 1922, in Centertown to the late Milton D.
"Nipper" and Mabel Elizabeth Martin Likens. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Douglas
Likens; his son, David Lee Likens; his sisters,
Lillie Louise Perry, Myrtle Elizabeth Givens Bishop,
Shirley Ann Likens and June Nell Blair; as well as a
great-grandson, Matthew Ryan Phelps.
He was a decorated veteran of
World War II, jumping into Normandy with the 82nd
Airborne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, on June 6, 1944. He was a disabled veteran
who spent 11 months in a German prisoner-of-war
camp. He was also a retired coal miner with Ken
Surface Mine and a member of the McHenry Masonic
Lodge No. 800 F&AM.
He is survived by his son, Jerry D. Likens (Shari)
of Hartford; his daughters, Sharon Kay Phelps of
Beaver Dam and Sarah "Susie" Campbell (Michael) of
Rockport; his sister, Mary Violet Fulton (Billy) of
Cromwell; his grandsons, Jerrod Douglas Likens,
Jacob Tichenor Likens, Brian Scott Phelps (Amy) and
John Matthew Phelps; his stepgrandsons, Christopher
Michael Campbell (Bethany) and Nathan Berryman
Campbell; his great-grandson, Austin Michael Phelps;
his stepgreat-granddaughters, Margaret Elizabeth
"Maggie" Campbell and Amelia Katherine "Millie"
Campbell; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at
William L. Danks Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gary
Hines and the Rev. Glenn Armstrong officiating.
Burial will be in Render Memorial Cemetery with full
military honors provided by the 101st Airborne
Division from Fort Campbell and Wesley Phelps Honor
Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and
after 9 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Masonic
rites service will be held at 6 p.m. today.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of
contributions to Hospice of Ohio County and the
Wesley Phelps Honor Guard. Online messages of
condolence can be made at www.danksfuneralhome.com.
(Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, KY, 25 Sep
2010, Page 2)
Grave markers for Orvel L. Likens in
the Render Cemetery (McHenry county), Ohio
Orvel L. Likens
He was a
decorated veteran of World War II, jumping into
Normandy with the 82nd airborne division, 508th
parachute infantry regiment on June 6, 1944.
He was a disabled veteran who
spent 11 months in a German P.O.W. camp. He was also
a retired coal miner with Ken Surface Mine and a
member of the McHenry Masonic Lodge #800 F & AM. He
was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church.
William L. Danks Funeral Home