Duane Miechel "Dewey" Orr

Memorial services for Casper, Wyoming, resident Duane Miechel “Dewey” Orr, 79, will be conducted at a future date by Pastor Steve Chadderdon of Highland Park Community Church. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bustard’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

“Dewey” died on his birthday, August 31, 2005, at Shepard of the Valley Care Center from complications of Alzheimers.

He was born August 31, 1926, in Dixon, South Dakota, to Fred M. and Alice (White) Orr and was raised and attended school in Rapid City, South Dakota. He attended South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State University.

On June 6, 1948, he married the love of his life, Jeanne Sandal, in Hilland, South Dakota.

He was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy in 1944, serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater, and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He worked in the oil business over 40 years in sales and operations; was drilling superintendent of Denton Brothers Drilling in Casper, and LB Gas and Oil in Denver.

“Dewey” had a love for sports, whether participating, coaching, or watching his children and grandchildren participate. His love of sports was surpassed only by his passion for his family, especially the kids.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, John and his wife, Tammie of Rock Springs, and Ron and Mike, both of Seattle; two daughters, Pam Elrod and her husband, Larry, and Marla Holtus and her husband, Bart, all of Casper; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mural Orr.

Memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Affiliation of Wyoming, P.O. Box 1493, Casper, WY 82602.