ORR JR., WILLIAM MICHAEL, 78, an Annapolis resident for over 40 years, died August 21, 2013 of cancer. He was born April 4, 1935 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He attended St. Peter's High School in Fairmont, WV, and was a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Bill served eight years in the US Air Force as a fighter-interceptor pilot, leaving at the rank of Captain in 1966. He was the top graduate in his Interceptor Pilot Training Course in 1960, paving the way for his distinguished career as a fighter pilot with the US Air Force. Bill flew multiple aircraft but he spent the majority of his time in his favorite plane, the so called "Ultimate Interceptor," the F-106 Delta Dart. While flying this supersonic jet, Bill was among the first pilots to reach speeds beyond Mach 2. Upon exiting the Air Force, Bill's experience in delta-winged aircraft earned him a position as a commercial pilot with United Airlines. He retired in 1995 as a Washington Dulles-based Captain flying international routes on the 767. Bill had over 38,000 hours of flight time, meaning he spent over four of his 78 years flying some sort of aircraft. Bill was President of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity while at WVU and served as President of Lloyds Creek Duck and Goose Club in Galena, MD. He was also a founding member of the Big Spring Hunt Club in Wardensville, WV and a member for over 20 years. Bill was an avid hunter, outdoorsman and never missed an opportunity to knock down a wall and remodel a portion of his beloved home. In later years, Bill enjoyed spending time outside on the back deck talking airplanes with his son-in-law Aaron, a Navy P-3 pilot, debating politics with his daughter Cristin, a policy analyst, and playing with his beloved granddaughter Sophia. He is survived by his wife, Robin McQuillen Orr, whom he married in 1971; his daughter, Cristin Orr Shiffer and her husband LCDR Aaron Shiffer, their daughter Sophia Orr Shiffera military family currently stationed Kaneohe Bay, HI; sisters, Mary K. Johnston of Salisbury MD and Jane DeRollo of Charlottesville, NC; brothers, Joseph Orr of Naples, FL and Kevin Orr of Mariana, FL. He was also a popular uncle to over 30 nieces and nephews, and their children. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, at Hardesty Funeral Home, 905 Galesville Rd, Galesville, MD. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD. Following the mass there will be a brief ceremony at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville where Bill will be buried with military honors. An Irish-style wake will begin at 12:30pm at Killarney House restaurant, 584 W Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD. The family kindly asks you to bring your favorite "Bill Orr" story to celebrate Bill's life. Online condolences can be made at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Aug. 25, 2013