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ORVEL LEE LIKENS


(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
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