Ort, Richard

Written by David Green.

Richard Lynn Ort, 62, of Coomer St., Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 12, 2006.  He was born May 29, 1944, in Adrian, Mich., to Mahlon and Aldythe (Milliman) Ort. He married Judith A. (Culp) Rorick  on Sept. 19, 1987, in Medina, Mich., and she survives.

Richard was employed at Bil-Jax Inc. in Archbold, Ohio, for the past 19 years, He previously worked at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio,  and at Ace Drill  in Adrian.

He graduated from Morenci High School in 1962. He was a member of the Medina Federated Church and the Men's Monday Night Bowling League in Morenci. He served on the Morenci Fire Department for 41 years and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2006.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and his hobbies included sports, walking and playing cards with his family.  Richard dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

Surviving Richard besides his wife, Judith, of Morenci;  is one son, Lynn (and Juli) Ort of Lowell, Mich.; his mother, Aldythe Ort, of Morenci; three step-children, Falinda (and Timothy) McCarty of Sand Creek, Mich., John P. (and Andi) Rorick IV of Morenci, and Kassandra (and John) Dominique III of Morenci; one sister, Mary Ann Beaverson, of Morenci;  father in-law and mother in-law, Jack and Pat Arnett, of Morenci; daughter in-law, Pam Ort, of Nevada, Ohio; one aunt, Kora Terry, of Morenci; 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mahlon Ort, and two sons, Chris and Tim Ort.

Funeral services for Richard L. Ort are scheduled Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at 3 p.m. at Medina Federated Church with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is planned Friday from 3-8 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. 

In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Morenci Fire Department or Medina Federated Church.

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