Kenneth B. Orr

Born August 22, 1929
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Col. Kenneth B. Orr, ret. Kenneth Beecher Orr was born in Kingfisher, OK on August 22, 1929, to Hugh M. and Lois D. Orr. He died peacefully following an extended illness in Edmond, OK on February 17, 2014, at age 84. He graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1947, where he lettered in football and basketball. He attended OU, was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and graduated in 1952 with a BA in Business. While at OU, he met the love of his life, Janice K. Kerr, of Hooker, OK. They were married on June 6, 1953. In August of 1953 he began his active duty career in the US Air Force. His 27 years in the service included a tour of duty in Vietnam and various significant assignments. During his military career, he earned his MBA from George Washington University. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Bronze Star Medal and Legion of Merit. Ken and Janice raised their 3 children in Texas, California, Kansas, Alabama, Virginia and Hawaii. Colonel Orr retired from military service in 1983 and began a second career in the Aerospace division of General Electric, retiring again a few years later. Ken was a 32nd Degree Mason and devoted member of India Shrine. His passions were golf, hunting, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Ken was involved in many leadership roles including the Election Board, President Of Twin Hills Country Club and his HOA. Also known as “Pops” to the many who loved him, he was a man of honor and integrity in every aspect of his life. He was a devoted husband and father who brought to anything in which he participated the same commitment and integrity. He was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother Lloyd Orr, his granddaughter Stephanie Rose Wilhelmi, and his niece, Brenda Orr Mergen. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janice K. Orr, daughter Melissa Hoffman and husband Kurt of Monrovia, CA, son John Orr of Tucson, AZ, daughter Kendall Wilhelmi of Amissville, VA, brother and sister-in-law Don and Polly Orr of Fayetteville, NC, sister-in-law Melota Orr of Yukon, OK, grandchildren Taryn, Timothy and Mitchell Hoffman, Kelsey and Keilea Orr, and Marshall Wilhelmi, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. at Baggerley Funeral Home, 930 S. Broadway, Edmond, OK. Interment with Military Honors will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. A luncheon with the family will immediately follow at Baggerley Funeral Home. Kenneth was a proud American veteran. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Wounded Warrior Project.


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    Saturday, February 22, 2014


Kenneth B. Orr

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Tim Benson

January 14, 2020

I just found you online and I'm six years to late. You were a good person and a great commander at Hickam AFB. When I was being discharged you called me in and sat me down and asked what I was planning on doing next. I told you I was going back to college and hoped to find a good job after that. You told me to apply to a Govt agency that could use me and then explained to me how to apply. I applied and after being at school for six months I received a hiring notice. Years later at work I saw my original personnel record and there was a hand written note inside by a senior government executive that said "Orr said he's good for the job". I did get to call you in the mid 80's after looking you up in the phone book. Believe you were in N. Virginia then, where I was. I thanked you and you seemed pleased that I was grateful. Thanks again Col ! Sorry I missed this event.

Melissa Hoffman

February 13, 2019

Dear sweet Pops - I cannot believe it has been almost 5 years since we lost you. You are forever in our hearts! We Miss You!! Love, Missy

David Blakley

September 2, 2014

For Janice, I was under Col Ken's leadership while serving in the Air Force as an Intel Analyst. Thank you for his service and he will be remembered by the 548th family as someone we looked up to.


David L. Blakley
San Antonio, Texas

Mark Mizner

September 1, 2014

Colonel Orr was my first commander at the 548th RTG in Hawaii. He always seemed to be the typical Air Force Colonel to me. Knew the people that worked for him and would walk down to the lab and talk to us. I am sure his passing will be felt by many besides his family.

Beverly Burke

May 28, 2014

Kendall Orr was my best friend when I lived in Hawaii. I am so sorry to hear of Col Orr's passing. My condolences to the entire family. My thoughts are with you.

Keilea Orr

March 16, 2014

I will always remember Pops as a truely kind soul that always led by example. I am honored to have been this wonderful mans grand daughter. I love you and may you rest well Pops.

February 24, 2014

Dad: I sure amd going to miss you.

Love you

Carolyn Arkison

February 23, 2014

A wonderful man who raised a remarkable family. You left the Earth a much better place and we are so grateful for your contribution.

Kelsey Orr

February 22, 2014

Pops, you are such an inspiration and I am so thankful to be your grand child. I will hold your memory in my heart so I may live by your example of integrity. Rest well.

Kelsey Orr

February 22, 2014

Dearest pops, I am so grateful to be your grandchild. I love you.