Douglas D. Orndorff, 68, husband of Arlene Holtz, of New Rockford, N.D., formerly of Oranda, Virg., died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Carrington Health Center, Carrington, N.D.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Warwick Lutheran Church, Warwick, N.D. Visitation will be held Friday, March 1 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.
Douglas D Orndorff was born on February 28, 1944 at the family home in Oranda, Virginia to Archie and Irene (Spiker) Orndorff. He attended Oranda School until it closed in 1956 and then attended Strasburg School. He began working for area farmers in the orchards and fields when he was 12 and later worked at various service stations and driving truck. In July 1963 Doug married Nancy Foster. They moved to Frederick County where he worked as foreman at a hosiery mill and drove concrete truck and owned and operated a grocery store. They had three children, Bambi, Misti and Doug and moved to Rockingham County in 1974. He worked for a tire company, Shell Oil for 15 years as a truck driver and mechanic, operated a service station and was a mechanic and foreman for a golf car company. In December 1983, he married Brenda King and helped raise his stepdaughter, Ellie. During his lifetime, he worked for 25 different employers and owned 51 automobiles. He loved working with anything mechanical. He ended his career owning and operating “Doug’s Small Engine Repair in Bridgewater, VA. He retired in 2006 because of his health. In 2007, he sold his home in Bridgewater, purchased a motor home, left Virginia and began his dream of travelling the lower 48 states. In 2009, he met the love of his life, Arlene Holtz of New Rockford in an RV Park in Benson, Ariz. They were married on August 14, 2010 in Warwick. Doug became a resident of North Dakota, where they reside at New Rockford during the summer months and in the winter months travel in the motor home. This past winter was spent in North Dakota enjoying Christmas. Doug lived his dream with Arlene completed his travels in the RV through all the lower 48 states and returning to Virginia to visit family and friends. He loved nature, hunting, fishing, playing Texas Hold–em, playing pool and every place he traveled made new friends throughout the USA. Doug touched the heart and lives of many people through his travels and was known for his outstanding sense of humor and to the end wanted to put everyone before himself.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Holtz of New Rockford; daughters, Bambi Frank of Harrisonburg, Virg., Misti Wisman of Broadway, Virg.; and one son, Douglas (Teresa) Orndorff of Port Republic, Virg., two stepdaughters, Sherry Holtz (Peter Rudolf) of Plymouth, Minn. and Ellie King of Harrisonburg, Virg.; four brothers, Bobby (Mary) Orndorff, Jimmy (April) Orndorff, Roger (Lois) Orndorff all of Oranda, Virg., Johnny (Dianne) Orndorff of Mauertown, Virg.; and two sisters, Patsy (Frank) Miller of Strasburg, Virg and Brenda (Cecil) Campbell of Clear Brook Virg.; five grandchildren, Jonny and Jenny Wisman, Crystal Miller, Bryan Frank and Haley Brown; three step grandchildren, Zach Rudolf, Seaira and Farrah Hughes; and six great grandchildren, Harmony and Jesse Miller, Isaiah Dennison and Kylie Boyd, Ryan and Landon Wisman.
Page 2 of 2 - He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Irene Orndorff; wives, Nancy and Brenda Orndorff; and three great grandchildren. Cameron Wisman, Jazmen Dennison and Aubree Miller.
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