John Robert Orr, Jr, 85

John Robert “Bob” Orr Jr., 85, of Stiefel Ave., Ellwood City died on  Wednesday, January 23, 2013 following an illness.

Born August 8, 1927 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late John R. and Blanche Rasely Orr Sr.  He was married for 62 years to Dorothy Rice Orr as they were married June 30, 1950.

Bob worked for many years along with his father and brother at Orr’s Auto Service on Fourth St. in Ellwood City.  He also worked 15 years as a fitter for Herr-Voss Corporation in Conway, PA.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder and Trustee.  Bob was a veteran of the US Army serving as a Sergeant in WWII in Germany from 1945-1947.  He was a 32nd  Degree Mason with F & AM Lodge # 599 in Ellwood City.  He was also a member of the New Castle Consistory, Lawrence Caravan # 15 and a member of the Syria Shrine, Pittsburgh. He loved fishing in Quebec, Canada with family and friends for many years.  He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, and bowling with the Men’s Church bowling league.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, survivors include a daughter and son in law, Marilyn (Marlon) Barsotti of Ellwood City; one grandson, Jonathan Robert Bucci of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Marlene (LeRoy) Dierfield of New Castle, Carol Lee Michael of Renfrew, PA;  a brother, William (Eleanor) Orr of Ellwood City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Anna Mae Newell Orr; brother in law, Donald Michael, and a nephew, Dwight Orr.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday January 25, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Elizabeth Wallace officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Entombment will follow in the Zelienople Mausoleum.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, 449 Nicholson Ave. Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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5 thoughts on “John Robert Orr, Jr, 85

  1. You will always be Uncle Bob to all of us Jessop kids. Thanks for always wlecoming us as a part of your family, You and Aunt Dorothy will always hold a special place in our hearts. My prayer is that God will help you, Aunt Dorothy and,Marilyn , as you journey through the grieving process together. Look to Him to fill your heart and souls with peace and comfort, that only He can bring. Just remember the words to the old hymn, Oh yes He cares, I know He cares! And Jesus does care!

  2. My condolences go out to the family. I worked briefly with Bob at Herr-Voss before he retired. He was a great guy and helped to teach me the basics of the job I was doing. He also sold me his toolbox which still graces my workshop. So long Bob, and enjoy the fishing.

  3. Marilyn, Marlon and Jonathan,

    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. You have my deepest sympathies. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. God bless you.

    Mary Ellen

  4. You may not remember me, but I lived across the street from Marilyn’s Grandmother as a child….dear and sweet family.. god bless. Prayers to your family

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