Funeral services for Ed Orange, 85, Chouteau, are Friday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at Lake Crest House of Prayer. Bro. Carl Eslinger, Bro. Albert Powell and Bro. Jim Collier will officiate with burial following at Chouteau West Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.at Key Funeral Home in Pryor. He died Nov. 26 in Tulsa. He was 85. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Pryor.
Edward Andrew Orange was born on June 23, 1927, in Sunset, Ark., to Edward Albert and Annie Bell (Matthews) Orange.
He grew up and attended school in Arkansas for a short time, then he and his family moved to Wichita, Kan. in 1937, when he was 10. He joined the United States Navy in September of 1946 and served during WWII. After being honorably discharged, he returned home to Wichita in November of 1946.
He and Ruth Willson were married on Feb. 21, 1947, in Wichita. They made their home in Wichita and from their union came two sons, Mike and Kevin. He was an amazing husband, father and provider to his family. He worked as an aircraft mechanic, in Wichita at Boeing, for 18 years. He and his family moved to Tulsa in 1969 where he went to work for American Airlines, then moved to Chouteau in 1973. He worked at American Airlines for 19 years, retiring in 1990.
He and his wife attended church at Lake Crest House of Prayer southeast of Mazie in the 70s. He and Ruth were very active in the building of the church and he served as the Sunday School Superintendent for many years. Ruth preceded him in death in July of 1990. He was blessed to find another wonderful lady to spend his life with and on June 6, 1991, he and Maxine Melba (Bowling) Haddick were married. They continued living in the Lake Crest Community and were both active members at their church.
Orange was known as a nice man who never met a stranger; he loved laughing and smiling and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was loved by his church, his many co-workers over the years and his friends. He was an honest and hardworking man his whole life. In his spare time he loved tinkering with cars and enjoyed restoring and showing them at car shows.
He was a family man. He loved spending time with his sons and his grandchildren. When the grandkids were young, they spent many fun-filled days with their beloved grandparents, whether it be spending the night at their house or going on summer vacations, they always had a good time. He and Maxine enjoyed their days together too; he was an excellent stepfather to her son, Rocky and all of his step-grandkids. He will be missed by all who shared in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine of the home; three sons, Mike Orange and wife Becky of Pryor, Kevin Orange and wife Dana of Wagoner and Rocky Haddick and wife Joyce of Garland, Texas; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dick Orange and wife Shelia of Wichita, Kan. and one sister, Betty King, of Andover, Kan. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other special family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Ruth.