Orville (Willie) Wichern

July 22, 1926April 27, 2018

Orville J. Wichern, joined his Lord and Savior on April 27, 2018 at Reunion Plaza Nursing Home at the age of 91. Orville (Willie) was born at Point Rest, MO on July 22, 1926 to William and Emma (Wehmueller) Wichern. He was baptized into the faith the same year. He married Dorothy Abernathy on November 26, 1955 and was a devoted husband for 63 years. Willie was a World War II veteran serving in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946. He was a long-time member of the American Legion and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. He was employed at John Deere dealerships in Perryville and Ste. Genevieve. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Arlene of Texarkana, Texas; daughters Sharon (Mondo) Rios of New Boston, Texas; Karen (Brad) Dreyer of Texarkana, Arkansas; Karla (Matt) Kiefner of Jackson, Missouri; grandchildren, Zachary and Emma Rios, Jeremy (Erin), Hannah, Timothy (Dianah), and Aaron Dreyer, Paige and Jacquelyn Kiefner, great-granddaughter, Arielle Dreyer; sister Dorothy (Dot) Sommers. Preceding him in death are his father William; mother Emma; brothers Elmer, Floyd (Cotton), and Leroy (Lee) Wichern; sister Vera Meyer. An open house to celebrate Willie’s life will be held June 9, from 2 – 4 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church, 100 W North St., Perryville, MO. Memorial donations may be made to Watersprings Ranch, 7707 Sanderson Ln, Texarkana, AR 71854 or to Perry County Military History Museum, P.O. Box 551, Perryville, MO 63775. Online tributes may be sent to


Orville (Willie) Wichern

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