William R. Orris Sr.
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William R. Orris, Sr.

York - William R. Orris, Sr., 87, entered into rest Monday December 2, 2019 at York Hospital. He was the husband of the late Barbara J. (Kirk) Orris. He was the companion of Pat Vaughn.

A viewing will be 10-11 a.m. Monday at Zion United Methodist Church 1030 Carlisle Rd. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Jeffrey Welsch officiating. Burial will be in Holy Saviour Cemetery with military rites presented by the Dallastown American Legion post Honor Guard. The John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., West York, is assisting with the arrangements.

Mr. Orris was born February 21, 1932 in York, a son of the late John Rankin and Charlotte Ann (Helder) Orris. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church and had been employed as a Paid Firefighter with the City of York for 29 years. He later worked at the Hahn Home. He served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a member of Dallastown American Legion post 605. He was a graduate of William Penn Senior High School where he played golf, football and basketball. He was a member of the Retired Paid Firefighters Assn.

William is survived by his companion; children Margaret "Peggy" Badner and her husband James, William R. Orris, Jr. and his wife Kathleen, Ann E. Shaffer, Catherine M. Hutson and her husband Brandon; grandchildren Jason, Jenna, Trevor, Tory, Megan, Adriana, Brandon; great-grandchildren Levi, Owen, and Mason; a sister Mary Jane Mitchell. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister John Orris and Kay Orris.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to York City Fire Department 43 S. Duke St., York, PA 17401.

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Published in York Daily Record from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2019.
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December 9, 2019
Mr. Bill was the first neighbor my wife and I had in our first house together on West Springettsbury Avenue. We enjoyed having him as our neighbor and we looked out for each other, shared opinions on current events or passed recipes and baked goods over to him. When we got our dog, a puppy at the time, he loved to visit Bill and run around his yard chasing out rabbits and squirrels. Then when our first daughter was born she always liked saying hi to Bill and Pat, as did they! Mr. Bill was always a face we would look for at church to say hello to as a family after mass. Before we moved to a new house we would tell Bill how we felt like we were running out of room in our home with a baby now. Bill would always remind us he raised his kids and had a sizeable family in the same size home for so many years! To all of his family members and Pat, we're sorry to hear of his passing. Just two weeks ago we wondered how he was since we hadn't seen him in church recently. He was a great friend and neighbor who we grew fond of. A long and amazing life he had and we are glad we could share a small part of that with him. His many years of service to his community and nation should make you all very proud.
The Beechers
December 7, 2019
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Tamae Merritt
December 5, 2019
R.i.P. you will b sadly missed
Ann Leas
December 4, 2019
Bill was one of the most self-assured men I ever knew. Someone worth emulating. I feel privileged to have known him.
Charles Van Natter
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