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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Frank Orr

Frank Orr

Thursday, November 18th, 1943 - Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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Franklin F. Orr, 76, of Vermillion, SD passed away Sunday, January 5 at his home with family by his side.
Frank was born November 18, 1943 to Roland (Bud) and Eileen Orr at Dakota Hospital in Vermillion. He attended Spring Hill Country School and graduated from Wakonda High School in May 1962. He enjoyed playing football and running track. He was High School Homecoming King in 1961.
Frank married Gwen Lee Dowd, his high school sweetheart, on November 3, 1963. He was a life-long farmer in the Meckling area and raised many crops, hay, cattle, pigs, and sheep. He enjoyed farming and working alongside his father Bud, brother Ronnie, and son Justin.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and family gatherings. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church. Frank was on the board of directors of both of the SDSU Experiment Farm and the Cattlemen’s Association. He had the honor of being named Clay County’s Outstanding Young Farmer in 1977.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gwen, and their four children- Jean (Brad) Hansen and family: Sarah, Brett, Brian (Katie) and their son Granger; Brenda (Todd) Townsend and family: Tim (Trish), Tessa, and Trevor Tigert; Melissa (David) Orr-Beverly and children Gage and Jace Beverly; Justin (Amy) Orr and sons Frankie, Henry, Eddie, and Vinnie Orr; his sisters: Sally (Ralph) Westergaard and Mary Ellen (Todd) Brevik; sister-in-law Beverly Orr; brothers-in-law Dennis (Ivy) Dowd and David (Tere) Dowd; sister-in-law Kathy (Perry) Krush; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Roland (Bud) and Eileen Orr, brother Ronnie Orr, and in-laws Edward and Darlene Dowd.
The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, home health team, family, and friends for their care and support.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 5:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    1120 E. Main St.
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    Prayer Service at 7:00 PM
  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 10:30am
    Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church
    45918 308th Street
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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Sam Gaidelis

Posted at 09:08am
Frank and Gwen invited our wakonda Girl Scout troop to their house to make string Easter eggs. It was such a nice thing to do. Frank did nit have any kids in the troop, but reached out to us. It was a great activity and we still have that Easter egg. Frank often stopped by just to say hi. We will miss him! Mike and Sam Gaidelis.

Donna Gratzfeld

Posted at 05:41pm
Didn't know Frank well but that didn't stop him from always giving a friendly greeting . Such a personable ,kind man. Justin was a favorite at The C.D.Stop.My condolences to the family

Kari Jo james and family

Posted at 08:10pm
Our hearts go out to all of you with Frank’s passing. What a kind, gentle-souled man who was so special to so many. Rest In Peace my friend!


Posted at 10:58am
To the family of Frank: I am so sorry to read that Frank passed away. He was a very nice and kind man. I remember talking with Frank at Toby's many years ago, and he asked my son Curt if he would like to come to his house and hang out with him. My son was grieving the death of his paternal grandpa. Frank brought my son back to my moms in Meckling after spending time with him at his farm. My son was so happy and said he had so much fun with Frank. One of the things my son said he got to do is drive Frank's riding lawn mower - something he hadn't done before. My son never forgot Frank's kind gesture. Frank, you made a little boy's day by reaching out to him and spending time with him. My son was killed 4 years ago. You are in my thoughts. May your memories bring you some comfort. Angie (Gray) Ladner

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