Charles Phillip Orr
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Charles Phillip Orr, 89, of Springfield, Mo., died peacefully in his home, surrounded by family on March 18, 2012. He was born in Ash Grove on June 19 1922 to Dr. Charles and Virginia Beidler Orr. He graduated from Ash Grove High School in 1941. He continued to attend monthly class reunion mettings for the past 70 years. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a Hospital Corpsman assigned to 3rd Batt. 23 Marines, 4th Marine Division, with whom he made landings on Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinian. He received several awards including the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars (V) and the Purple Heart. He was a true American hero who loved his country. He participated in the Honors Flight to Washington, D.C. in April, 2011.
After returning to Ash Grove, he married Kathleen Dunn and to this marriage four children were born. He graduated from University of Missouri and subsequently worked for the State Department of Health in Jefferson City, Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C., and General Foods in Tarrytown, NY. He retired and returned to Springfield in 1985. His wife Kathleen died in 1987,
He married Hilda Foltyn in 1988 and they had 24 years to enjoy travel, bridge, Eldersostel's and cruises. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and his faith was a very important part of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda and four children: Charles Phillip Orr Jr. (Laura) Gaffney, SC, Paul Orr (Bonnie) of Colorado Springs, CO. Jennifer Hirschman (Frank), Kingsley, IA and Rebecca Edmondson (Bob), Beacon NY; eight grandchildlren; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM in Wesley United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Graveside services will be held in Ash Grove Cemetery at 2:30 PM with full military honors. Birch Funeral Home, Ash Grove, in charge of services.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or Hospice Compasus.
Published in the News-Leader from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2012