Obit: Vollrath, Orlin John (1927 - 1957)

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Surnames: Vollrath, Decker, Reineking, Metcalf, Dallman

Obituary of Orlin John Vollrath

Orlin John Vollrath was born December 12, 1927, son of Mada L. Vollrath and the late John F. Vollrath at Greenwood, Wisconsin. He passed away at his home in Culver City, California on October 2, 1957 of a brain tumor at the age of 29 years.

He lived his boyhood days with his parents on a farm near Greenwood, Wis., He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1945, where he played in the school Band and was the quartet soloist. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America for four years and also a member of the Salem Braun Settlement Church.

In 1945 he moved with is parents to Los Angeles, Calfi., where he has resided for the past twelve years.

From January 18, 1946 to November 24, 1947 he served in the US Navy. His basic training was taken at San Diego, Calif., and he was later stationed at Treasure Island, San Francisco and earned the rating of Storekeeper 3rd Class.

In 1949 he attended Refrigeration School and later took Public Accounting at the University of Southern California.

On October 7, 1950 he was united in marriage to Charleen Jane Fuller, and to this union one daughter was born.

For the past seven years he has been employed by the Oroweat Baking Company. After bone cancer took his right arm early in 1951, Oroweat promoted him to Office Manager of their new plant in the San Ferando Valley.

That was the beginning of almost seven years of his outrageous fight with cancer. From 1951 to 1956, he served in advisory capacity at the University of California at Los Angeles Veterans Limb Shlp. He advised and encouraged people whose arms were amputated at the shoulder.

In April and September of 1956, he underwent lung surgery. Soon after he was forced to discontinue wearing his limb, and it was like losing his arm all over again.

After his April surgery, his comback was so good, he and Mrs. Vollrath and their daughter motored to North Dakota for a six weeks vacation.

In March of 1957, he again entered the Los Angeles Veteran's Hospital, this time for pneumonia. Upon recovery he was given more Radium treatments, which were only a part of those given through the years. Soon after he was sent to the UCLA Medical Center for the latest Cobalt treatments. His case stands unknown to the medical men of the Los Angeles Tumor Board. Doctors are using this knowledge for research purposes.

He was laid to rest on Saturday, October 5, 1957 at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills. Pastor William H. Blough conducted memorial services from the Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn, using the 23rd Psalm and the Fourteenth Verse of St. John. A soloist sang "The Lord's Prayer."

The American Flag stood in the Circular Chancel and wa a gift from the Veterans Administration.

The pallbearers were Supervisors of several Orowaet Plants in the Los Angeles Area: Robert Mesich, Harry Medevis, Les Henricks, Paul Elles, D. W. Smith and Joe DeGruccio, Honorary pallbearers were cousins of the deceased; Dale Anderson, Hardlo Anderson, Glenn Anderson and Lary Anderson.

Mr. Vollrath was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Culver City, Calf., He resided at 3441 Veteran Ave. for seven years.

He is survived by his wife Charleen Vollrath, one daughter Nancy, age 3; his mother Mrs. Meda Vollrath of Los Angeles; one brother and four sisters Arthur Vollrath, Santa Ana, Calif.; Mrs. Willis (Lorriane) Allchin, Tacoma, Wash.p; Mrs. Lester (Verona) Marshall, Fullerton, Calif.; Mrs. Wright (Alice) Denman, Gardena, Calif.; Mrs. Charles (Bernice) Spohr, Ontario, Calif. His father preceded him in death in April of this year.

Relatives and many friends attended the services. Out of city relatives were Mrs. Vollrath's father Harry Fuller Sr. and her brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fuller Jr., all of Sherwood, N.D.; Also his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Allchin of Tacoma, Wash..

Recieved from Mrs. Lorraine Allchin , California.



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