Orville VanLaningham, 90, passed away at his home Wednesday in Independence. Orville was born in Sidney, Ark., to William and Myrtel. He was the sixth of nine children.
His family moved from Harville, Mo., to Farmersville, Calif., when he was a young boy.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.
In 1944, he married the one and only love of his life, Joy Lawrence. They were married for 69 years before Joy’s passing in 2014.
They had three children: Lee, Kay and Zane; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Orville worked as a machinist for Alcoa. He and Joy retired in 1988 and bought a 150-acre farm in Independence.
He raised cattle, horses and goats. He enjoyed team roping, coon hunting, and working on his farm.
He is survived by his daughter, Kay (Arlin) Bidwell, of Dallas; sister, Betty Davenport, of Farmersville; grandchildren, Sandy, Donna, Joey, Lizzy, Alison, Luke, Tiffany, and Jason.
Predeceased by Joy, Lee, and Zane VanLaningham.
In honor of Orville, there will be a viewing at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence on Wednesday, May 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. with a graveside service Thursday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence. A celebration of life will follow at his home.
A special thanks to Lindsey Bernett and Willamette Valley Hospice for the loving care he received during his last days.
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