Richard Monroe Orr, son of Monroe Lewis and Faye Elanore (Ayers) Orr, was born Marcy 3, 1940, in Edmond, Oklahoma. He passed from this life Thursday, March 11, 2004, at the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Richard grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma until 1954, when they moved to Perryton, Texas. In 1957 he joined the military where he as in the 101st Air Born until 1961. He returned to Perryton where he met and married Bertha Louise Cooley on May 11, 1961.
In November of 1961 he was called back to active duty due to the Berlin Crisis and was again discharged in 1962 and returned to Perryton. After a short time, he reenlisted and was sent to Germany, where he was an Air Born instructor. In 1965 they returned to the U.S. to Ft. Hood, Texas. He was then sent to his first trip to Vietnam and following that, back to Germany. In 1968 they returned to the U.S. to Ft. Leonardwood, Mississippi. Richard became a drill sergeant at this time. In 1969 to 1970 Richard did his second tour of Vietnam. When coming back he went to Ft. Benning, Georgia, the to Aberdine, Maine, where he had special duty testing new weapons. Richard finally went to Abilene, Texas, until he retired in 1978 from recruiting duty. When he retired, they came back to Shattuck. The family ran R & L Pinball World, serving pizza and hamburgers.
Richard was a member of the Masons, Shattuck City Council, VFW, and Vietnam Vet Motorcycle club. He enjoyed camping, playing his harmonica and guitar, messing with CB radios, and hanging out with his biker buddies.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, stepmother, brother and sister.
Survived by his wife Louise, three children, Loy and wife, Darla, Kevin and Ladonna. Seven grandchildren, Christina, Brandon, Chris, Kevin, James, Beverly, Rialey, and other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 15, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at the Shattuck First Christian Church with Pastor Richard Royal, of the Arnett Christian Church officiating. Interment was in the Shattuck Memorial Cemetery with Mason Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorial may be made to the Shattuck School Scholarship Fund, in care of the Shattuck Bank.
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