Guy William Orr

Guy William Orr

Guy William Orr, 94, passed away on June 22, 2019 surrounded by his family at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.  Guy, son of Forest and Germaine (Pochon) Orr, was born on April 6, 1925, in Rushville, Nebraska. Guy served his country as a MP in the United States Army during the occupation of Japan following World War II.  Guy met the first love of his life, Geraldine (Galbraith) Orr in Rushville, where she had moved to teach school.  Guy and Geraldine married in Spencer, Nebraska on July 29, 1946 and moved to the family ranch south of Smith Lake where they lived for 28 years with their five children, Bob, Marilyn, LeRoy, Enid and Ron. 

Geraldine passed away in 1974.  Guy was later blessed to meet his second love, Bonnie (Warnke) Orr.  Guy and Bonnie married on September 30, 1981 and were married for 37 years.  They lived for 5 years on the family ranch, and then retired to Gordon, Nebraska, where they lived for 32 years.

Guy loved ranching and playing cards, whether it be hours of solitaire or Liverpool rummy with his family.  He had amazing self-taught fabricating and artistic skills.  If he wasn’t working on the ranch or playing cards, he could be found in his shop fixing up old cars and tractors (he had a love for Ford Edsels and old tractors), inventing and building machines and tools, creating works of art from old scrap metal and wood, or attending auctions and hauling home boxes of unknown treasures.  Guy was a member of the Northwest Nebraska Vintage Car Club and the American Legion.  Later in life, Guy could be seen joyriding around town in a golf cart with his beloved grandson, Brad, who had “broken him out” of the assisted living facility.

Guy is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and his five children and their families:  Bob Orr and his children Rob (Chelsie) Orr, Scott (Chelsea) Orr, and Becky (Chris) Scheller; Marilyn (Orr) Yardley and her daughters Sheryl Orr, Tara (Fran) Cerny and Kris (Ben) Franz; LeRoy and Della Orr and their children Bill (Angie) Orr and Jeri Orr (Brandon Southern); Enid Eichenberger and her sons Brad (Staca) Eichenberger, Steve (Danielle) Eichenberger and Joe Eichenberger; and Ron and Donna Orr and their sons Ryan (Shelley) Posas, Dustin Orr and Stetson (Randi) Posas, and numerous great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

Guy was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Germaine Orr, his brother Garvin Orr and his sister Hazel Fankhauser, his first wife, Geraldine Orr, his daughter-in-law Nancy Orr and his step-daughter Pam Simms.

A funeral service was held on June 27, 2019, 10:00am at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, Nebraska. Burial with Military Honors was held in Fairview Cemetery, Rushville, NE. In lieu of flowers, Guy’s family requests that donations be made to either the Parkview Lodge Assisted Living in Rushville or the Rushville Volunteer Rescue Unit and donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

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