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Mr. John Edward Orr, 79, Kettle, KY (1936-2015)

He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, a U. S. Air Force Veteran with Strategic Air Command, a Teacher, a Coach, an Administrator at Junior High, High School and College levels and extended school programs, an Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Burkesville, Kentucky; a Classroom Teacher for the Endeavor Program of Cookeville, Tennessee, a member of the N.E.A., the American Legion, the N.R.A. and was active in the church and community.
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Mr. John Edward Orr, age 79, of Kettle, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Cumberland County Hospital in Burkesville, Kentucky. A Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, beginning at 6pmCT, in the Memory Chapel of Norris-New Funeral Home, 601 N Main Street, Burkesville, KY, with Father Larry Gelthaus officiating. The family will receive friends after 3pmCT, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 until the prayer service hour.


Mr. John Edward Orr, 79, Kettle, KY (1936-2015)


He was born in Hammond, Indiana on Monday, April 27, 1936, the son of Raymond A. and Rose H. Collette Orr. He died Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Burkesville, Cumberland County, KY, at the age of 79 years, on months, and 25 days.

He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, a U. S. Air Force Veteran with Strategic Air Command, a Teacher, a Coach, an Administrator at Junior High, High School and College levels and extended school programs, an Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Burkesville, Kentucky; a Classroom Teacher for the Endeavor Program of Cookeville, Tennessee, a member of the N.E.A., the American Legion, the N.R.A. and was active in the church and community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Colleen Orr; and two nieces, Janine Kenward and Carolyn Abate. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Smith Orr of Kettle, KY, whom he married on Saturday, June 1, 1957, and the following:
  • His children: Mark Stephen Orr (wife, Heather) of Shawnee, Kansas; Scott Alan Orr (wife, Malinda) of Noblesville, Indiana; Denise Marie Orr Goshert (husband, Jeffrey) of Plainfield, Illinois; Kevin Ray Orr (wife, Sandra Awakuni Orr) of Seattle, Washington; Deena Marie Orr Conway (husband, Mark) of Brownsburg, Indiana; Debra Marie Orr Fife (husband, Kevin) of Indianapolis, Indiana; Diana Marie Orr Mitchem (husband, Terry) of Andover, Minnesota; Danielle Marie Orr-Bement (husband, Joseph) of Honolulu, Hawaii

  • His sisters: Collette Orr Kenward (husband, James) of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Leah Orr of Indianapolis, Indiana; Sharon Orr Fisko (husband, James Paul) of South Bend, Indiana

  • His brothers-in-law, Anthony Abate (wife, Nino) of Phoenix, Arizona; Charles Smith of the Philippines

  • Eighteen grandchildren, Benjamin John Orr (Trisha), Megan Rose Orr, Jacob Michael Orr, Joshua David Orr, Matthew Patrick Orr, Randy James Orr (Kara), Bryan Scott Orr, Carl Jeffrey Goshert, Cole Edward Goshert, Renna Azura Orr, Bryce Charles Conway, Jillian Rose Conway, Kristin Rose Fife Swank (Michael), Keegan Michael Fife (Katy), A’ndre’a Mitchem, Lawson Clark Orr-Bement, Ainsley Reese Orr-Bement, Bronwyn Taite Orr-Bement

  • Two great-grandchildren: Max Allen Orr, and Aidin Michael Swank

  • Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, plus an abundance of students whom he referred to as his children and a host of friends
Send condolences to the family of Mr. John Edward Orr

Norris-New Funeral Home, 601 N Main Street, Burkesville, Kentucky, is honored to be in charge of funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Catholic charities.


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