Mark J Orr
July 11, 1957 – April 11, 2018
Mark Jonathan Orr was born July 11, 1957 in Nevada, Iowa. As a young child, he moved to Columbus, Nebraska with his parents, Jay and Carolyn Orr, his twin brother Matthew along with his other brothers Jim, Phil, and Roy. Mark graduated from Columbus High School as well as Platte Valley Community College. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and during his first year was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma. At his initial hospital visit, Mark met a nurse, then Jean Owen, whom he later married. Mark and Jean lived in the Bellevue/Papillion area for the 36 years of their marriage and to their marriage were born two loving daughters: Margaret Joy and Pamela Jean. Mark sold cars for 22 years for Rhoden Auto Center, later becoming H&H Buick/GMC. He considered his coworkers and customers family. In 2012, he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. He underwent five years of treatment, continuing until the time of his death. Mark lived life passionately. In his younger years, he enjoyed vacationing in the Lake of the Ozarks, golfing and playing bridge. He loved Nebraska football, PGA golf, fantasy football and the Patriots, working in his yard and grilling. He was the chicken griller extraordinaire. Most of all, Mark loved his family.
Mark is preceded in death by his mother and father Carolyn and Jay Orr, his brother Phil Orr, and his niece Nina Orr. He is survived by his wife and best friend Jean, daughters Dr. Margaret Punt (and her husband Colin) and Pamela Orr, and his grandson Charley Punt, Brothers: James & Patricia, Lincoln, NE., Roy & Patrice, Eugene OR., twin Brother Matt, Key West FL. Brothers in Law & Sisters in Law, Nieces, Nephews, along with numerous other family and friends.
Mark was a friend to everyone that he knew. He will be missed dearly but we are rejoicing that he is no longer in pain.
Memorial Services will be held Thursday April 19th at 6:00 pm. at Calvary Christian Church, 10100 Cedar Island Road, Bellevue. NE.
- Celebration of Life Thursday, April 19, 2018
Mark J Orr
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April 19, 2018
Mark Orr is my forever American Daddy! My English can't express how much I miss him and how much I do appreciate the love he share with me. The words can't describe his kindness and warm heart, any way.
Mark Orr looks similar to my Dad when I saw him, first. That why I called American daddy, ever since then, his love and kindness are similar to my dad as well. Mark & Jean invited me when I was ESL student at UNL campus in summer of 2007. Mark always invite me his lovely home, not only that, he picks me up in Lincoln to Bellevue to spend weekend for me. That was 4 hours drive for just pick up and brought me back. I can't believe he did that for one of international students who are from hundreds thousand miles from NE. (After that, I bought my first car and second car in my life from Mark!)
I truly enjoy spending time with Jean and Mark... Watching all sports on ESPN, grill outside, John Deere ride with Mark driving course, and Peanut butter ice cream. That is why I drove 7 hours to visit Mark Orr home, when I lived in Western Nebraska. Mark Orr treats me like son.
Mark teaches me a lot of American jokes (so I can make American girl friend), how to do American grilling, how to fix car and John Deere, how to ride John Deere and how to take care of Yard. Most importantly, how to be a good daddy and good man. He always love others and share with other with laugh and smile on his face. I love to just being with him whatever I do. Mark has magic to make people smile on their face even cashier in grocery store.
Mark brought me baseball game and my favorite place. "Famous Dave".
"Mark, I believe that you are enjoy to watching Golfing and baseball in the heaven. I will bring some chicken BBQ and peanut butter ice cream for you. "
Rest in peace, Mark! I love you! and I MISS YOU!!! from Crazy Korean Son MAC!!!!
April 19, 2018
I first met Mark when we moved in next door on Brookside Drive in Bellevue; I was a teenager at the time. Mark had all the tools to work on his cars, his boat, lawn equipment and whatever other fun "toys" he could find. Being a tinkerer myself, once I had my first car Mark was always willing to help me work on my cars and loan me tools. He once told me, I was still a teenager at the time, "Mike, he who dies with the most toys wins." I've always remembered that statement he made to me that day. If you include the love of your friends and family, great friendships, being a best person you can be, and living life to the fullest into the list of material things (the toys), all I can think of to say now is, "Mark, you won my friend."
April 18, 2018
Over the years, 7 different family members of mine have purchased a vehicle from Mark. I personally have purchased three vehicles from Mark. Best of all....I am not even a GMC guy. I just love the fact that Mark took great care of us for years and years. It wasn't about the type of vehicle to me. I drove GMC's because that is what Mark sold. He was kind, funny, patient, and loved his family SO much. Every time I would visit with Mark he would talk about how wonderful and supportive his wife was and how proud he was of his children. Mark struggled with his health but it didn't stop him from being great in a professional sense. He showed up every day with a smile on his face, waiting to help the next person that needed it. I'm a better person to have known Mark and I am so very lucky to have called him my friend. Although Mark is no longer with us, his impact will be life long. Wishing Jean, his girls, and the new grand baby nothing but the best.
April 17, 2018
Mark and I grew up in Columbus NE. We went to school together from Kindergarten through our Senior year. We were not in the same group of friends but Mark was always friendly to everyone. I remember him playing Basketball. We both went our separate ways. I was at a conference and who should walk up to my group was Jean Orr. I asked thr question "Are you Married to Mark or Matt Orr?" Really expecting her to say No. Wow I could hardly believe when she said Mark. The rest is History I found not only my "Car" man but a really good friend in Mark and Jean! Mark thank you for being my friend, I will miss you!
April 16, 2018
After Mark's initial recovery from cancer, he moved in with Patrice and me while he looked for work. We succeeded in getting him hired at Immanuel Medical Center where I worked at the time. During dinner, Mark would often say he planned to "stay single" as long as possible. Patrice predicted he would fall in love "fast and forever." Sure enough, he soon meet the girl of his dreams; a registered nurse who loved golf!
Patrice and I would like to think we played a small role at the origination of a beautiful family many would come to know and love.
Jean, may you all find peace and comfort in the love and memories you share.
Roy & Patrice Orr - Sarah (Mather), Michaela (Toepke), Kaitlyn, Hallie & Quentin
Mike and Mary Reavis
April 16, 2018
We lived next door to Mark & Jean on Brookside Dr for 13 yrs. The first day we moved in Mark came over & introduced himself & his family and asked if we needed any help. He was warm & friendly and our families quickly became fast friends. Mark, a kind & generous man was always there if we ever needed anything. We enjoyed many summers outdoors doing yard work, watching the kids play, 4th of July’s & Christmas celebrations. We will always think of Mark fondly & will miss him - it helps knowing he’s in heaven, enjoying a cold one & thankfully no longer sick. Our family feels blessed that we had the privilege of living next to the Orr’s for many years. Those were the days!! Mark we love you & pray that light shines brightly upon you forever 💟✝️ Love the Reavis’
April 16, 2018
I was fortunate to have the pleasure of working with Mark at Rhoden auto center, and latest HH Buick Gmc. He was a hard worker and very respected by his peers as well as his customers.
He loved cookies, and had customers that baked and bought them in to the dealership. He shared of course.
He was a mentor to the younger sales professionals. Always there to help out.
He loved his family and was very proud of them . Always had kind words .
My condolences to his family and friends. We have lost someone very special, but he is now at peace with the Lord.
Jerry & Barb Reif
April 14, 2018
Words just can't really express what a great guy, and next door neighbor, Mark was during the 20+ years we were together on Brookside Drive.....
Mark was always looking for ways to help, make our lives happier, and to share good times . We remember those happy days setting off fireworks in the street, listening to the" Top 100" hits of our young years, and especially the beers Jerry & Mark shared after weekend days of yard work they did together.
Jerry treasures his chance to take Mark to his favorite Madison UW places for a real bratwurst last summer.
Someday they will share more of those beers and brats in a time and place where they both are the healthy guys they were when they met in the driveway. Cheers Mark!
April 14, 2018
Although I didn't know Mark very well, I'll always remember the great fun we had at our Pampered Chef Christmas parties at Bonita's house and the "Christmas bong" that kept showing up at the gift exchange year after year.
I know you'll miss him terribly but I also know that he'll be with our Lord and at peace.
Tom and Cindy Low
April 13, 2018
Our best memories of Mark is the times we spent together at Platte River Retreat for many years. On Friday and Saturday nights after services were over, many of us would gather together at the Orr's cabin around a bonfire. Of course Mark was always the life of the party, fun to be around and giving Cindy a hard time. Perhaps there will be bonfires in heaven for us to gather around. Love you Mark. Thanks for sharing your life with us.