Ronald Emerson Orth

December 9, 1929March 22, 2013
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Ronald Emerson Orth 12/09/29 – 3/22/13 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of “Ron” Orth. He was born in Chicago, IL and died at the age of 83 in Tucson, AZ. He grew up and attended East High in Des Moines, IA, received his BS from Drake and his PhD from the University of Iowa where he met his loving wife of 57 yrs, Carolyn L. Orth. They were married in Frankfurt, Germany at St. Sebastian’s Church in Nov 1955 where Ron was stationed in the Army. He was a professor of pharmacology at the Univ of Kentucky, Univ of Houston, and Univ of Arizona, and also performed Cancer R&D at Houston’s MD Anderson. Ron retired from the Veteran’s administration hospital as a lead pharmacist. He enjoyed traveling the world and was an avid fan of our local sports teams. Ron was active in Sr. Olympic Volleyball was involved in his local parish prayer group. He was a kind, loyal, patient, wise and charitable man - he lived his life well. Ron was preceded in death by his father Blanchard and mother Pearl and is survived by his wife Carolyn Orth, their five children, Mark Orth (Kim), Steve Orth (Anita), Daniel Orth (Lisa), Robin Gastelum (Carlos), Kimberly Bianchini (John) and twelve grandchildren. A visitation will be held at East Lawn Palms Mortuary at 5801 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ on Tues, March 26th at 6:00 pm followed by a rosary prayer service at 7:00 pm. A mass will be held on Wed, March 27th at 12 noon at St. Francis de Sales Parish, 1375 S. Camino Seco in Tucson, AZ with funeral services to follow at the Mortuary.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Rosary Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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lucas orth

July 16, 2013

Ron was my grandfather he would always cheer me up and he told me to make a snowman so next winter I will make one for sure.

Jim Edwards

April 12, 2013

Ron was fine man, dedicated to his faith and family. He had a great sense of humor and I am fortunate to have spent time with him.

April 3, 2013

Ron was my oldest childhood friend growing up two houses from him on east 29th and Walnut in Des. Moines. I spent much of my early life in the Orth household playing games and enjoying the wisdom of his mother & father. Although we went our separate ways following college at Drake U., Ron has always been one of my oldest and dearest friends. My sympathy and prayers to Carolyn and the rest of the family. Wayne Bergstrom (Montgomery, TX

Margie Preble-Creedon & Don Creedon and family

March 27, 2013

Our sympathy and prayers to the Orth family on your loss of a great man and patriarch.

March 25, 2013

A rare combination of a wonderful sense of humor and strong conviction of his faith.Roll models like Ron are hard to find these days. Ted and Gayle Wise

Mary Preble

March 25, 2013

A leader of a strong family who obviously role modeled many. Thank you for giving us some of his time on earth.