Husband, father, sports enthusiast, outdoorsman, timber faller, Marine, patriarch who was proud of his family, including grand- and great-grandchildren.
Orville was born Dec. 17, 1928, to Willard and Emma Crass in Montesano, Washington. He loved to note, with a twinkle in his eye, this was the same year Mickey Mouse was born/created.
After graduation from Montesano High School in 1946, where he lettered in all four sports, he joined the Marines.
Over his adult life vocational stints in the logging industry and as an iron worker and fireman served him and his eventual family well. It was hard work but always met their material needs. Mixed with an ample portion of love, it always seemed to work.
In 1950, Orville married his wife of 71 years, Marjorie (Kemp). Over the years children: Christine (Noel Rich), Richard (Susan Holcombe), Karen (Chuck Klinger) and Timothy (Nancy Forbus) followed. Faith was integral to him, and he was a member of the Montesano Church of God throughout the years, starting as a child and continuing until his death.
Orville loved hunting, fishing and outdoor family activities his whole life. Later, nothing gave him more enjoyment than the accomplishments of his grand- and great-grandchildren. He was especially proud of and an ardent supporter of his beloved Montesano Bulldogs.
Orville is survived by his wife and four children and too many downstream offspring to acknowledge here. During a recent illness he created a seven word sermon he liked to share with any and every one: “LIVE FOR HIM WHO DIED FOR YOU.”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Montesano Church of God Memorial Fund.