Robert Mitchell Orr, Sr., died at his home on November 28, 2018, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 92 years old.
Orr was born in Los Fresnos, Texas, October 4, 1926. He graduated high school in Dallas, became a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, served in Panama, then graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Most of his professional career was spent in Monahans, Texas.
He moved to Ruidoso full-time in 1996.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Barbara Ann (née Chambers), his sister, Elizabeth; his sister, Carolyn; his four children, Robert, Patricia, William and Marilyn; their spouses, Marilyn McSween Orr, Randolph Hochstetter, Isabel Saiz, and John Rutherford; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Services, Ward County Library, or your preferred mission.
Mr. Orr was not only a kind & funny man, he was a selfless volunteer for our Weed Warrior program with the Village of Ruidoso Parks & Recreation Department. He would cut, pull & spray thistles endlessly - even going so far as to tie a rope around his waist to be lowered down a canyon to get those pesky thistles! That story always made me laugh as I chided him for maybe being too dedicated! We will miss you Mr. Orr - your contagious smile & happy spirit were a bright spot in our days!
Condolences to the family - we are sending our thoughts!
Melissa Haynes & Rodney Griego - Parks & Recreation
Melissa HaynesRuidoso, NM
I remember Mr. Orr from Eric street in Monahans, Texas. His son Bill and I were best friends from before we went to school. Mr Orr was my second father. Both men worked long hours in the oil field. Mr Orr also was so very active in the First Baptist Church. He inspired me as did his family. They are all so strong in faith and life. I just remember going to the drive in movie with my parents and Bill's parents to see The Flight of the Phoenix and after leaving the projector area chairs (where the food was), Bill and I were shocked to find that the two wives (our Moms!!) had moved over to sit next to their husbands like they were on a date! We would also drive three families in two cars on Friday nights to Pecos to eat at Ben's Mexican food. Mr. Orr was always so gracious and funny for all the kids. Truly a great man.
bertram o wood IIISan Antonio, TX
I was a classmate of Patty's in Monahans, and I was fortunate enough to become a close friend of the family.
When I think of Bob Orr, I feel immense gratitude. In a town that had more than its share of questionable role models, Bob was a calm center of faith, integrity, dignity, and respectfulness. He treated me (and all the young people who were attracted to him) as someone whose ideas and opinions were valuable and worth discussing. Of course, he didn’t just hear my ideas; he challenged them and made me defend them.
At the time, of course, I had no idea of the value of what he offered. I was fool enough to think I actually deserved his time and attention. Of course, I didn’t; it was just a gift that he gave me.
I last saw Bob at the gathering before Judge Bob Park’s memorial in Monahans. As if we had last talked the day before (not 20 years before), he immediately asked my opinion of a subtle issue of national politics. Again, he was saying, “I know you understand my question. I respect your opinion. Tell me what you think.”
It was a great, challenging conversation--and once again, I was left feeling grateful that I knew this man.
Randy BenhamNorth Oaks, MN
Steve and I have cherished Bob since the first afternoon we met him.
Via con Dios Bob
Steven and Penelope w
Penelope KinneyRuidoso, NM
I remember the Orrs with fond affection when Bill and I lived in Monahans. I'm so sorry about Bob's passing. We attended FBC in Monahans and I have wonderful memories of our years there. Bob and Barbara were examples of Christians with class. I am blessed to have known them.
Judy MossSnyder, TX
I became good friends with Bob through the RSVP program at The Ruidoso Community Center. He was a fine gentleman and I cherish our friendship. -- Bob Clarke
Bob ClarkeRuidoso, NM
Bob Orr was always kind and uplifting. He always shined the light of Jesus in his life and actions.
April Cox HowardPocola, OK
Bob Orr was a wonderful Christian gentleman, Deacon, father, husband and friend. I will always remember his kindness and his love for his Lord. Praying for his family!
Charles InmanGulf Shores, AL
My growing up in First Baptist Church in Monahans wouldn’t have been the same without Bob and Barbara and kids!! What a Godly man and example for us all! As heaven rejoices, I send my sympathy and love to the family!! I’ll be praying for all of you!
J’Nevelyn Jackson LloydAustin, TX
Lots of precious memories with the Orr family in Monahans. Mr. Orr hired me for my first job and taught me so much, especially how to make his cappuccino coffee. He always had a bible on his desk, and I know that he is home in heaven now. Remembering you all in my prayers 💜
Jan DavidsonCollege Station, TX
I grew up in Monahans, TX and I remember Mr. Orr from the First Baptist Church. His family was active with the youth. Wonderful memories. Prayers sent.
Linda Vessels HitchcockFarmington, NM
Thank you for living out what a Man of G-d is Mr. Orr. Love you guys. Messiah's Blessing & Shalom Peace surround your entire family.
Ramon L Olgin,JrMonahans, TX
Bob, I've never forgotten the courtesy and respect with which you treated your children's friends, and the positive attitude you always displayed. Your light showed brightly always. Thank you.
Mac McAfeeDayton, OH
I was always envious of the Orr children because of Mr. Orr. He was the father we all wanted, a lovely, kind man. Thank you to him for the example he set and the wonderful family he shared with us.
Susan Dudley BrownAustin, TX