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Charles G. Orsinger
October 20, 1921
June 18, 2011
Charles Orsinger, after a life full of humor and kindness, challenges and success, loyalty and devotion, has gone home to God. He died peacefully on Saturday June 18, 2011 surrounded by family members. He was escorted out of this world by a blue jay who first had a long drink of water from the birdbath outside his window, refreshment for the journey home to LOVE. Charlie was born October 20, 1921 in San Antonio, Texas to Mary Louise and Gunther Orsinger. He graduated from the first class of the brand new Jefferson High School where he made lifelong friends. He attended Washington and Lee University for two years, pledging SAE, before transferring to UT-Austin, where he met and married the most beautiful girl on campus, Lorraine "Sissy" Davenport, of Runge, Texas. They were married two days short of 68 years. He volunteered for active duty in the U.S Army in 1944, despite qualifying for deferment, serving as a finance officer in the Pacific theatre. After recovering from amoebic dysentery, he returned home to his grateful bride and proceeded to become a father to three children. Beginning in 1955, he built one of the top 20 Buick dealerships in the U.S. over the next 38 years while becoming a community leader, including being crowned King Antonio XLIX. Inspired by the military tradition of wearing medals, he punched holes in King's coins and attached a ribbon and pin, initiating the now wildly popular tradition of Fiesta medals. He also served the community as an early member of the board of Trustees of the San Antonio Medical Foundation (when the Medical Center was only a cow pasture), a long-time Trustee of Trinity University and the National Bank of Commerce, a board member of many organizations including the United Way, Morningside Ministries, and Mission Road Development Center. He was a member of the Texas Cavaliers, the Conopus Club, SACC, and the Argyle. His family and friends remember him for being kind, fun, and gentle. Business and community friends remember him as smart, tough, and generous. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, having been baptized there as an infant, and serving as a deacon and an elder for many years. The love and devotion of his faithful wife, Sissy, and his faith in Jesus Christ sustained him through some tough trials, which come to any life. We are confident that he is in the company of our Lord, who has welcomed him with the blessing, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Matt. 25:21. Surviving him are his wife, Sissy, his brother, Albert Orsinger, and wife, Jeanne, of San Antonio, his son Ward Orsinger II and wife, Gloria, of Seguin, daughter Gay Orsinger Parks and husband, Harvey, of Whitewright, TX, daughter Jana Orsinger and husband, Bill Orr, of San Antonio, grandchildren John Stofa and wife, Gena, Charles Stofa and wife, Sue, Marla Mason Ross and husband, Scott, Sasha Orsinger Wolfe and husband, Donnie, and Ryan Orsinger and wife, Kimberly. He cherished also five great-grandchildren, Haley, Charlie, Julia, Megan, and baby Charli, a little girl, as well as three nieces, the Davenport women of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a nephew, Richard Orsinger of San Antonio. The Orsinger Family acknowledges with love Lillie Martin, who has worked for the Orsingers for 55 years keeping the family and the household straight. They would also like to thank his devoted caregivers Jose Garcia, Ernest Juarez, Jason Rodriguez, Jose Rodriguez, and Julio Aguilera for their loving service to "Mr. O" and express gratitude to Vitas Hospice for their compassionate care.

JUNE 23, 2011
11:00 A.M.

The Rev. George Sturch and the Rev. Dr. Louis Zbinden officiating with a reception to follow at the church in Westminster Hall. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Texas Cavaliers Kings Council. Interment was private for the family. Memorials may be made to The United Way of San Antonio, 700 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205 or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Express-News from June 21 to June 22, 2011
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