Michael Paul Orr, 60, of Reno, Nev., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, while being treated for lung cancer at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. He entered hospice and passed away in the home of his sister, Diana Kay, and brother-in-law, Chris Flynn in San Jose, Calif. Mike moved from Reno, Nev to San Jose in August, 2021 for treatment of lung cancer.
Mike was born March 14, 1961 in Monticello, to Charles and Edna Mae Orr of Cascade. He graduated from Cascade High School in Cascade and Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.
Mike’s career in Inventory Control took him to Colorado, Washington, California, and Nevada. He appreciated the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the Sierras, hoping one day to tour the Canadian Rockies by train. He frequently spent time hiking in local parks and rivers, marveling at the cool and crisp air in the northwest.
Mike appreciated watching basketball and baseball games on TV, in particular the recent Field of Dreams game between the White Sox and the Yankees and of course, the Chicago Cubs World Series win.
Mike was an individual with an inquisitive view of the world, fascinated with people, their lives and their interests. He quickly adapted to a new location and sought out discovering what was unique about the people and the location. He loved meeting and visiting with new people and reflecting on their lives and uniqueness. Yet, deep in his heart, he equally longed to hear about the comings and goings of those in his home-town, Cascade.
Mike believed strongly in treating others with respect and dignity, accepting them for who they were. He developed a humble life philosophy and lifestyle that endeared him to many. He is missed.
Mike is survived by three sisters: Diana Kay of San Jose, Calif., Becky, Denver, Colo., and Nancy, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; and four brothers all of Cascade: Kenny, Stan, Pat and Ross.
He is preceded in death by; two infant sisters, Mary Beth and Sara, his parents, Charles and Edna Mae Orr and his maternal grandparents, Tommy and Mae Zoller.
Details regarding a memorial in Cascade will be forthcoming.