Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthNovember 7, 1896
Place of BirthArgyle, Marshall, Minnesota
CountryUnited States of America
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinZephrina Loranger, mother, Cut Knife, Saskatchewan
Trade / CallingFarmer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number4097104
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Place of EnlistmentSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Address at EnlistmentCut Knife, Saskatchewan
Date of EnlistmentApril 15, 1918
Age at Enlistment21
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Death Details
Date of DeathFebruary 7, 1983
Age at Death86
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Loranger, Oliver Raoul

Oliver Raoul Loranger was born on 17 November 1896 in the township of Bloomer in the county of Marshall in Minnesota where his family farmed. His father Joseph Napoleon Loranger was from Joliette, Quebec while his mother Zephrina Beaudry was from nearby Saint-Alexis. By the time of the 1885 US census both were living in Marshall with their parents and siblings. Oliver and Zephrina married on 23 October 1894 in the county of Marshall, likely in Argyle. Children born to the couple in Minnesota were Mary Jane (1895), Oliver, Florence (1898), Eva Marie (1899), Melvin Joseph (1901), Regina (1903), and Ida Louise (1904). By the time of the birth of their next child, son Emile in 1906, the family had moved to the Cut Knife area of Saskatchewan to farm. Children born in Saskatchewan were Emile, Albert (1908), Daniel Oswald (1910), Marie Olive (1912), Marguerite (1913), Mamie Pearl (1916), Agnes Emilie (1917), and Virginia May (1919).

With the onset of conscription in the latter part of the war, Oliver signed his recruitment papers on 15 April 1918 in Saskatoon. His place of birth was given as Argyle, Minnesota, occupation as farmer and his mother Zephrina in Cut Knife as next of kin. Assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan regiment, when given his medical examination he was classified as group E, not fit for service due to pulmonary tuberculosis. Struck off strength on transfer to registrar’s records, Oliver was discharged from service on 6 September 1918 in Regina, rank of Private.

Returning to Cut Knife, on 25 November 1925 Oliver married Myrtle Clara Cook. Her birth registered in the Parry Sound District as 4 December 1904, Myrtle was the daughter of James Cook and Eva Ruth Lamb. Her parents had married on 29 July 1903 in the District of Parry Sound and the family moved to Saskatchewan around 1907. Over the years Oliver and Myrtle gave birth to sons Ernold, Henry, Arcade, Louis, and Leono, and daughters Edna, Louise and Sylvia.

In 1949 the family moved to Kenora, Ontario where for a few years they farmed. Oliver then went to work for the Lake of the Woods District Hospital as an engineer. He was a member of the Kenora branch of the Canadian Legion and of the Operating Engineers of Canada.

Oliver died on 7 February 1983 in the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora. At the time of his death he was survived by sons Ernold, Louis, and Leono of Kenora, Henry of Owen Sound, and Arcade of Redditt, Ontario as well as daughters Louise Borne of Keewatin and Sylvia McBride of Kenora. He was also survived twenty-nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and siblings Mary Jane (Frank) Allen, Eva (Daniel) Zehner, Emile, Albert, Olive (Harold) Priel, Mamie (Thomas) MacIntosh, Agnes (Roy) Long, and Virginia (Hugh) Roberts. He was predeceased by his wife Myrtle on 25 November 1977 and daughter Edna Alcock in 1980, as well as his mother Zephrina in 1936 and father Joseph in 1956, both interred in the Cut Knife Cemetery. He was also predeceased by siblings Florence (1915, Cut Knife), Marguerite (Maurice) Berard (1959, Eugene, Oregon), Daniel (1961, North Battleford, Saskatchewan), Regina (Ernest) La Forge (1964, Edmonton), Ida Lestakis (1968, Rosberg, Oregon) and Melvin (1969, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan). Virginia later died in 1983 in Lane, Oregon, Emile in 1985 in Cut Knife, Mamie in 1995 in Armstrong, BC, Eva in 1996 in Multnomah, Oregon, Mary Jane in 1997 in New Westminster, BC, Olive in 1999 in Saskatoon, Albert in 2001 in Cut Knife, and Agnes in 2012 in Armstrong, BC. Oliver and Myrtle are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

By Judy Stockham