JOHN "JACK" ORR Rowley John F. "Jack" Orr, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sept. 17, 2020. Jack was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Independence, to John and Rosa (Thedens) Orr. He was a graduate of Rowley High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. Married for 67 years, he married Betty Lou Pfeffer of Cedar Rapids on July 8, 1953. They raised son, Jim (Janet) Orr (Rowley, Iowa) and three daughters, Cindy Orr (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Susan (Jerry) Webster (Rowley, Iowa) and Julie (Les) Watkins (Granby, Colo.), on the family farm outside of Rowley. Spending most of his working career at Universal Engineering in Cedar Rapids, his love for the Orr family farm was always close to his heart. Jack was a lifetime resident of Rowley and a member of the Rowley First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed camping, square dancing, summers in Colorado and spending time with his cousins. He made friends wherever he went; and was known for his fast car, a '49 Oldsmobile 88. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and son, Dennis. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his four children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A visitation was held at White Funeral Home of Independence on Sunday, Sept. 20. A family funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, and a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Rowley Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at the Rowley park.
Published in The Gazette from Sep. 19 to Sep. 21, 2020.