Orval Eugene Kendall

March 13, 1924March 19, 2021

Orval Kendall passed away on Friday March 19, 2021. He had just celebrated his 97th birthday on March 13th with family and friends at his winter home in Cave Creek, AZ. Orval’s wife of 75 years Orpha Kendall passed in 2018. Orpha and Orval had four children, Del, DeEtta (Deceased), Sheila and Dan. Orval was born in Phillips County, KS in 1924 to William and Irma (Nichols) Kendall. He served in the Army during World War II in Honolulu, HI, where he learned the building trade that he brought to Estes Park in 1964 and started Kendall Construction with his sons Del and Dan. He was a builder for Estes for over 50 years. He was a great friend to the community and a big help to Orpha who worked as a volunteer and trustee for the McGregor Ranch for 40 years. Orval is survived by his brother-in-law and best friend Howard Morgan of Loveland, CO, son Del and wife Judy of Estes Park, CO, Daughter Sheila Coleman and husband Steve of Crown King, AZ and son Dan and wife Lynn of Greeley, CO. Orval has 10 grandchildren and some great-grandchildren. He was a pillar of the community and built numerous homes and friends along the way. We will miss him every day. Services will be held Saturday March 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Hyde Chapel at the YMCA of the Rockies. The chapel will follow social distancing guidelines and require face coverings. All are invited to the graveside service at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens following the service.


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Orval Eugene Kendall

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Caryl W Conger

March 30, 2021

My love and sympathy to all of you in Orval’s big family. It was such an honor to have the Kendall family build Bill’s and my home in Little Valley. Even though Bill is not with us now, his memory and spirit are very much alive in that home. I remember Orval’s energy and delight at laying the hardwood flooring. Such enthusiasm and good times! My love goes out to you in your loss of such a truly splendid man. Caryl Conger

Kacy Thompson

March 28, 2021

Orval built our first house in Estes and then helped Del rebuild after the fire in 2012.
I have great memories of him sweeping during the construction of our new house.
Lots of good memories!

Kacy Thompson and Ingvar Larsson

Gary Shanafelt

March 26, 2021

When we first arrived in Estes Park in the Fall of 1976 right after the Big Thompson flood I was hired by the Town of Estes Park as their first certified vehicle mechanic. With a wife and three young boys we had to find housing which turned out to be expensive for the value you received. I asked around who would be a good contractor and ended up talking to Orval about building us a home. We bought the cheapest lot in Carriage Hills on Wilderness Lane and contracted with Orval to build us a home. Jim Beleau did the concrete, Tom Atkins did the electrical, I did the shingles, and all the staining and painting and we moved in the following Spring. It was a great experience working with Orval and we considered him a good friend. He and Orpha were a great couple and were looked upon as valued community members.

Linda Ramey

March 25, 2021

I met Orval and Orpha in 1971 when I was 10. I always called him grampa. When we lived on MacGregor Ranch, my parents hired him to do the remodeling of our house. Even decades later, when we had questions about the structure, he knew the answers. I will always remember him as my grampa.
Another angel has gone home leaving behind some of the best memories of my life.