J. Richard "Dick" Orr (1935 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE – J. Richard "Dick" Orr, 77 years old, of Independence, died on Friday, March 8, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. He was born on May 21, 1935, in Independence, the son of John W. and Dora (Cleland) Orr. He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1953. On August 26, 1955, he and the former Nancy Velle Smith were married at the Waterloo Gospel Hall in Waterloo, Iowa. Mr. Orr worked at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for 35 years. He was the manager of the laundry when he retired in 1997.
Mr. Orr is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy, one son, John (Beth) Orr of East Troy, Wis., and three daughters, Cindy (Wendy Sillekens) Orr and Julie (David) Harbaugh, both of Waterloo, and Becky (Butch) Peyton of Independence. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one brother, Robert (Anne) Orr of Aplington.
His parents preceded him in death.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the Waterloo Gospel Hall in Waterloo, with John Orr officiating. Casket Bearers will be Kent Orr, Kevin Orr, Eric Harbaugh, Nick Peyton, Ryan Peyton, Nate Sillekens, Kyle Sillekens, Jason Frazier, and Lee Stenerson. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.
Friends called for visitation from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 11, at the White Funeral Home in Independence. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 18 to Apr. 6, 2013