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Guy Nathan Orr

November 23, 1940 ~ January 22, 2021 (age 80)


Guy Nathan Orr passed January 22nd at his home in Kempner, TX.  Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Visitation will be from 5-6:00 PM on Monday with a Rosary following at 6:00 PM at Viss Family Funeral Home, 1614 S. FM 116 Copperas Cove, TX. 

Guy was born on November 23, 1940, in Tulsa, OK to Violet Musetta (Miller) and John (Jack) Edward Orr.  In 1959, Guy joined the United States Air Force.  After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, TX, he was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, MS where he trained to be a Morse Code Intercept Operator.   During the Vietnam Conflict he was deployed to Don Muang Air Base, Thailand with the 1st Combat Support Group until 1963.

During his tour of Rhein Main Air Base, Germany, Guy met and courted Roswitha (Rose) Cacilie Speichler.  On May 11, 1966, they married and shortly after were stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base, Mount Clemens MI.  Technical Sergeant Orr served in the Operations and Training Division until medically retired from active duty in 1971 beginning his civil service career in Pasadena, TX.  After accepting a position with Air Traffic Control at Fort Hood, TX in 1976, the Orr family established their forever home in Kempner. They were members of Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove.

Guy retired from civil service in 2009 as Base Operation Supervisor of Ft. Hood Gray Army Airfield and focused on philanthropic work through The Boys and Girls Club of Coryell County, TX and Kiwanis International.  Guy was recognized for his dedication by receiving the Kiwanis International George F. Hixon Fellowship Award and ultimately served as Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District (2000-2001). 

On December 7, 2014, after 48 years of marriage, Rose passed away and they will be buried together in Killeen.  On August 14, 2015, Guy married Penny Sue White, a high school friend. The family is grateful for her love and care during Guys’ illness with cancer.

Throughout his life, Guy had a passion for the outdoors.  He especially enjoyed fishing and sharing this appreciation with his son and grandsons.  Guy tried to never miss any of the grandsons' sporting events. He made friends anywhere he went from the bank to the local diner.

Guy was preceded in death by his brother Jack Jr.; parents, Roswitha (2014). 

Guy is survived by his wife, Penny Orr; son, David Orr and wife, Betsy; daughter, Tricia Cooper and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Justin and Dylan Orr; sister, Sandra Orr;  and Penny’s children, Jay Braddy and wife, Susan, Carrie Lang and husband, John, Kristi Bockting, and Clay Bockting.

To leave a lasting memorial, please consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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February 1, 2021

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Viss Family Funeral Home
1614 S FM 116
Copperas Cove, TX 76522

February 1, 2021

6:00 PM
Viss Family Funeral Home
1614 S FM 116
Copperas Cove, TX 76522

Graveside Service
February 2, 2021

1:00 PM
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery (Killeen)

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