Beloved wife, mother, grand and great-grandma Valeria Lois (Entzminger) Orr, passed away on January 11, 2022 at the age of 79. She was born at home in Sharlow Township, ND on March 13, 1942 to Lawrence and Frances (Wolf) Entzminger. In 1943 the family moved to Corwin Township. Val went to grade school in Sydney Township and then at Jamestown High School. Val married Clifford Orr on September 6, 1958 at St. James Basilica. They moved to their present farm site at that time. There they raised five wonderful children; Bernice, Robin, Gail, Darron, and Troy. They worked on their dairy farm and started More From Orr Auctioneers in 1971 where she was the clerk for 42 years. She created the company slogan. Family was her most important business. She was active in the North Dakota and National Auctioneers Ladies Auxiliaries, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, St. James Circle, and St. James Basilica.
Val was the giver of Zebra gum, rhubarb pies, and fruit cake. She was the maker of asparagus and dill soup, strudel, and apple bars. She was the creator of magical Christmases and trips to Las Vegas and Medora; the kids always enjoyed riding in “The Camper” – Legendary Memories. She raised bountiful gardens, gorgeous flower beds, and loving families. She was a Keno Connoisseur. She was the driver of fast trucks down gravel roads delivering hot meals to those helping in the field. It wasn’t uncommon to see tractors or combines racing to the end of the field to see what delicious meal was being served; plus we all knew you didn’t keep Val waiting. She was very organized; writing up sales, balancing sales, making meals, and keeping track of the business and family.
Val is survived by her husband of 63 years four months and five days— they were rarely seen apart. Children Bernice (Scott) Monson, Jamestown, ND, Robin (Rick) Kohler, Missouri Valley, IA, Gail (Bob) Gunderson, Aberdeen, SD, Darron (Barbara) Orr, Ypsilanti, ND, Troy (Beverly) Orr, also of Ypsilanti, ND. Grandchildren Brooke (Bryan) Erstad, Tyler (Michael O’Reilly) Monson, Reid (Lashonda Jung) Monson, Colten (Anna) Kohler, Kelsea (Joe) Schoenbauer, Hailey (Evan) McCall, Ryan (Allie) Gunderson, Morgan Gunderson, Grant Gunderson, McKayla (Elias) Sablan, Meghan (Austin) Rene, Gage Orr, Madelyn Orr, Tanner (MacKenzie Hanson) Orr, Taylor Orr, Tate Orr, and Carson Orr. Great-Grandchildren Blake, Brogan, Bradie, and Beckett Erstad, Carter Monson, Charlie Kohler, and Camden McCall. Siblings Delores Plinksi, Spokane, WA, Darrel (Vonnie) Entzminger, Jamestown, ND, and Lawrence Entzminger, Ypsilanti, ND. Sisters-in law Ellen Orr, Jamestown, ND and Doris Orr, Grand Forks, ND and brother-in-law Paul (Dorie) Orr, East Grand Forks, ND and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws Marion, Helen, and Louise Orr, sisters Arvilla Job, Inez Wagemann, and Esther Radtke, brothers Bernett and Eugene Entzminger, many brothers - and sisters-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. John’s Academy 215 5th St. SE, Jamestown, ND 58401.
Visitation will be at Eddy Funeral Home from 1:00-5:00pm on Sunday, January 16th with the prayer service at the St. James Basilica at 7:30pm Sunday night. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30am on Monday January 17th at the Basilica. Burial will take place at a later date at Calvary Cemetery, Jamestown, ND. Both services will be live streamed on the St. James Basilica website, stjamesbasilica.org.
Eddy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.