LIBERTY, Mo. -- Philip Arnold Orvis, 56, died Tuesday (July 1, 2003) at North Kansas City Hospital following a battle with the cancer Multiple Myeloma.
He was born Sept. 6, 1946, in Orleans to Oliver and Camilla Orvis. He was raised in Wilsonville and graduated high school there. He attended McCook Junior College before becoming employed with United Airlines where he worked for more than 35 years as a customer service representative. He retired in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Orvis; and his brother, Leroy Orvis.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Mae; a son, David Orvis and wife, Jennifer of Philadelphia, Pa.; a daughter, Christine and husband, Graeme Taylor of Westerly, R.I.; his mother and step-father, Camilla and Lawrence Orvis of McCook; two brothers, Leland Orvis and wife, Carolyn of Oxnard, Calif., and Paul Orvis and wife, Shirley of Imperial; step-brothers and step-sisters, Kathy and husband, Gary Bergstrom of Griswold, Iowa, the Rev. Larry Orvis and wife, Jacque of Norfolk, Nancy and husband, Victor Knutson of Wilsonville and Kevin Orvis and wife, Sue of Hebron. Memorial services will be Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Methodist Church in Wilsonville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 3 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT 06840 to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash.; or a donation of a unit of blood in his honor at a local blood bank.