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Paul Leonard Orr

SoVaNow.com / February 26, 2013
Paul Leonard Orr, 91, of Dundalk, Md., and formerly of Chase City, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at Gilchrist Hospice.

Mr. Orr moved to Baltimore, Md., in 1941 to work at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, Md. He retired in 1976. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Sparrows Point Country Club. He often shot his age or better, and had the distinction of having a "hole-in-one" and an "eagle" in the same tournament at the Mecklenburg Country Club in Chase City. Prior to taking up golf, Paul was an avid duckpin bowler and had obtained semi pro status.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years of Velma Lenhart Orr, children, Phyllis Orr Schiminger and fiancé Thomas Bryant of Towson, Md., and Kerry Orr and his wife Monika of Austin, Texas, grandchildren, Holly Orr Brainard and her husband Matt of Longmont, Colo., and Paul Schiminger and his wife Alys of Timonium, Md., great-grandchildren, Pvt. Connor Brainard and his wife Julie of Lakewood, Wash., Erik Schiminger of Wichita, Kansas, Mackenzie Brainard of Longmont, Colo., and Lauren Schiminger of Timonium, Md., brother of Marion Rowe of Columbia, Md. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and 10 brothers and sisters.

A funeral will be held Friday, March 1 at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Gardens of Faith Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, 2219 York Rd., Suite 302, Timonium, MD 21093.

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