A funeral service for Jerry G. Orr, 72, will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 15, 2023 at First Christian Church, 95 19th Street, Wheatland, Wyoming with Pastor Casey Schroeder officiating. Interment will be in the Wheatland Cemetery. Immediately following the burial, a luncheon will be held at the First Christian Church.
A viewing will be held from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel in Wheatland.
Heaven gained another angel on Friday, September 8, 2023. Jerry G. Orr passed away at Platte County Legacy Home in Wheatland, Wyoming.
Jerry was born on Friday, June 29, 1951 to Bryce G. Orr and Louise (Wedemeyer) Orr in Wheatland, Wyoming.
He attended school in Wheatland from kindergarten through high school and was a graduate of the class of 1969. He attended the University of Wyoming for a brief time.
Jerry married Beverly Steeley on June 13, 1971 and to this union Carrie was born, they later divorced.
Jerry met Ellie at the Wheatland softball field in 1982 and later coached the softball team she played on (as he would say she’s a North Dakota transplant).
Jerry and Ellie were married July 27th, 1991 in Wheatland, Wyoming and resided here till his passing.
Jerry was involved in many jobs and organizations from working for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, running a local hardware store, to owning a Daylight Donut Shop. He would always say, “GOTTA MAKE THE DONUTS.” He was also the Platte County Clerk for 12 years and worked for various insurance companies for 40 years. He was a Wheatland Volunteer Fireman and he belonged to the Wheatland Jaycees, Wheatland Masonic Lodge #16, Chugwater Masonic Lodge #23, and Cheyenne Consistory and York Rite. He held various offices with the Grand Lodge of Wyoming. He was very honored to be a board member for the Platte County Hospital District.
Jerry was involved with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for 15 years, supporting Ellie as a cancer survivor and later being affected by the terrible disease himself.
Jerry enjoyed going to car shows and taking his yellow 1957 Chevy. He still has a 1937 Ford Street Rod yet to be finished. Ellie told him she will get it done for him.
Jerry loved being a dad to Carrie and later a father-in-law to Bob. He loved driving to Idaho to see her preform on the Drill Team during high school, picking her up and driving her back to Wheatland in the summers, and traveling to Spokane when she moved there.
He enjoyed being a grandpa to Bryce and Hunter. They were his pride and joy. He loved being a papa and going to school functions, birthdays and monster truck races with them.
On August 28, 2014 Jerry had a double lung transplant due to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. By having this he was able to see Bryce and Hunter graduate from high school and go on to be great plumbers. He was able to go to Alaska and the Oregon coast with the boys for their graduations and he was able to see them marry Sam and Aury.
Everyday Jerry was thankful for the amazing gift that his unknown donor gave him “The Gift of Life.” Jerry always promoted being an Organ Donor.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Ellie of Wheatland; daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Bob Harmon of Spokane, Washington; two grandsons, Bryce (Sam) Harmon and Hunter (Aury) Harmon both of Spokane, Washington; siblings, Butch and Sue Orr and JoAnn (Orr) and Bill Maxwell; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews; and a very special cousin, Robert (Jill) Orr who was more than a cousin to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryce G. and Louise (Wedemeyer) Orr and both sets of grandparents.
Jerry liked to visit and never met a stranger. People would ask him if he lived in Wheatland all his life and he would tell them NOT YET, well he has now lived in Wheatland all his LIFE.
The family would like to thank Platte County Legacy Home for the wonderful care given to Jerry during his stay.
Memorials will be made in Jerry’s honor to the American Cancer Society
Organ Donation Awareness. An account has been set up at First State Bank in Wheatland.
Gorman Funeral Homes - Platte Chapel is in charge of the services.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.gormanfh.com