Born in East Peoria, Ill., to Viola and Harry Mooberry, Orville grew up on a farm in central Illinois, the oldest of four children. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife for 68 years, Laurine, and his son Mark. He is survived by his daughter Anne Lamb and son David (Joan) Mooberry; grandchildren Monica Lamb and Heather (Adrianna) Lamb; great-grandson Jacob Lamb; sister Donna Crumrine and sister-in-law Joyce Mooberry, and many nieces and nephews. After completing high school and courses in business administration, he began his career of civilian and military service with the U.S. Army. While working at the Savanna Ordnance Depot in Savanna, Ill., he sat across from a lovely blue-eyed blonde, Laurine Senne. They began dating, but soon afterwards, Orville was told he would be transferred to Utah. Not one to let the love of his life slip away, he proposed and Laurine accepted. They were married a year later in 1942 in Salt Lake City. By then he was working as the chief clerk and assistant to the commanding officer of the new ordnance depot being constructed in Tooele. In February of 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served at Elmendorf Air Base in Anchorage, Alaska, until the war ended in August 1945. After the war, he returned to Tooele, where he became the Comptroller at Tooele Army Depot, a position he held for more than 20 years, until his retirement. In 1972, he received the Department of the Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service. Orville was a quiet, intelligent man who read voraciously. He loved the out-of-doors and shared his love of nature with his family on fishing trips and drives into the mountains to see the fall colors. He was an accomplished photographer who understood the technical aspects of creating a picture, and also had a keen eye for composition and light. Orville especially appreciated classical music. Most Sunday afternoons, he would listen to broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. His collection of CDs ranged from Bach to Handel to Mozart. He was a master gardener who spent hours in his orchard and garden, pruning, planting and harvesting crops of apples, persimmons, lemons, and berries that he generously shared with neighbors and the local food bank. A resident of Santa Rosa for 30 years, Orville spent the last three years at the Alma Via Adult Community in San Rafael, Calif., to be closer to family. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating his life on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Santa Rosa, Calif. To honor Orville’s memory, the family prefers that you perform an unexpected act of kindness whenever you’re presented with an opportunity.
“Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson