Arthur Lee Orchard,, Jr.

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“Although Art and I weren't close friends.....I always had a great deal of respect and admiration for the many things Art did so well. ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Hanes - Fishers, IN

“tom and family,thoughts are with the golf course at westview seem our parents were like a big family.good memories from all the past.may god...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: mike bollinger - lakeview, OH

“LaVaire Sorry to see of Art's passing. Paul & Dorothy Born ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Paul Born - Gahanna, OH

“Valaire and Family,Please accept our deepest sympathies on Art's passing. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.Bruce &...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Bruce & Bonnie Opperman - Elida, OH

“VaLaire and Family It has been a few years since I have been back but I have some of the greatest memories of Art that will always be locked away...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Justin Rockhold - Arlington, TX

“My deepest sympathy to VaLaire, Janie & Tom. ~~~ So many memories come back when I think of your family and ours! It breaks my heart to hear of...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Neil Klausing - Fort Myers, FL

“I am so sorry to hear of Art's passing. I learned a lot from him at the museum. He will be greatly missed. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Penny Walters - elida, OH

“Janie and Family, So sorry to read about your father in the paper this morning. I have very fond memories of your entire family....stay strong. ...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jane Bollinger Adams - Lima, OH

“So sorry to hear about Uncle Art. Tom and I will always remember visiting with him and Aunt Valaire on South Padre Island. We miss so much being so...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Chris Bowersock - McAllen, TX

“To Arthur's family....what a wonderful man your husband/father was. Unfortunately, I only knew him in his last month on this earth. I enjoyed my...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Gutman, RN - Botkins, OH

“VaLaire, People die.....but love lives on, we carry it in our blood and our bones. When we lose someone, we've only lost the giver, not the gift. ...Read More »
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12 of 13 | Posted by: Dr. Tom Roess - Battlement Mesa,, CO

“Sorry to here of Art's passing. We will be unable to visit @ funeral home as we are out of town. We will be thinging and praying for the family. ...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Ken & Marlene Belcher - Lima, OH

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85 of Lima Ohio died on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:55 p.m. at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home in Lima.

Born March 13, 1927, in Allen County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Arthur Orchard, Sr. and the late Emma Belle (Shaner) Orchard. He was a descendent of one of the First Families of Allen County.

On September 30, 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, VaLaire Jane Rilee (Riley) at the First Evangelical & Reformed Church by the Rev. Paul Graeser.
Art was a Lima Central High School graduate, Class of 1945, where he had been Senior Class president and Captain of his high school football team. A long time athlete, Art was also a Central varsity baseball player and an amateur Golden Gloves boxer. In later years, he was the center fielder for the Lima E & R fast pitch softball team, a 700 Club bowler and a golfer for 60 years.
He was a member of the First E. & R. Church since 1948 where he served on the Consistory for 48 years as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He taught Sunday School for many years, was a past Sunday School Superintendent and a member of the Men's Brotherhood.
Art was a Master Mason, Lima Lodge 205 for 60 years and a past member of Lima Chapter, Council, Commandary and the El Karan Grotto. He had been a member of the Kiwanis and Sertoma service clubs and a life member of the B.P.O. Elks #54 in Lima.
Orchard was a member of the American Legion Post 96 for many years after having served in the U. S. Army in 1946 and 1947.
Art worked at the Russell L. Orchard Company for 40 years retiring as company president in 1987.
After retirement, he especially enjoyed being an active docent at the Allen County Museum for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, VaLaire and two children, Jane E. (Bob) Sheraw and Thomas A. (Marcy) Orchard; three grandchildren, Brett (Michelle) Sheraw, Todd Sheraw, and Kiley Orchard; two great grandsons, Preston and Haydon Sheraw; a sister, Ruth E. Grady and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Russell L. Orchard and Edmond L Orchard and a sister Marjorie A. Kistner.

Friends may call at Chamberlain -Huckeriede Funeral Home at 920 N. Cable Rd., Lima on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8. Services will be at the First Evangelical & Reformed Church 320 W. Wayne St., Lima at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning conducted by the Rev. Ed Rinehart. Entombment will be in the Woodlawn Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Evangelical and Reformed Church or the Allen County Museum in Lima.
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