Orban, Eugene

Eugene Orban, 89, of Grove City, Ohio, died Dec. 16, 2007.

Eugene was born in Courtland, Va., the son of Hungarian immigrants Josef and Anna Orban. He lived in West Virginia before moving to Unionville, Mich., in 1932.

During World War II, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1947, he married Marjorie Myerholtz.   Married for 60 years, they raised 10 children and also sponsored refugee families through Catholic Social Services.

Eugene  worked as a farmer, and later operated a general store and coal business in North Morenci, Mich.

After retirement, the couple moved to Prescott, Ariz., and then Albuquerque, N.M.

Eugene enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Many of his handcrafted tables, chests and roll-top desks are in family homes throughout the country. 

Eugene is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and their children: James, Mary, Susan, Thomas, Deborah, Rebecca, Cecelia, John and Paul Orban, and Margaret Walker. He is also survived by three siblings, Lillian Duke, Louis Orban and Emily DeWolf.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, James Clay Orban, in 2001; eight brothers and sisters,  Joseph, Frank, Charles, Robert and Steven Orban, Mary Vargo, Anna Penta and Irene Franks.

A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date.