Orville Hugo Mockry, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, at the age of 81.
He was born July 1, 1927, at Norcatur, Kan., the son of the late Otto and Irena (Lent) Mockry. Orville grew up in Decatur County, near Cedar Bluffs and graduated from rural school.
On Aug. 8, 1948, Orville married Donna Vandervort in McCook where they spent their married lives. He farmed for various farmers and with his brother until 1961, when he went to work in the oil fields until 1981. Orville then did farmland terracing. He also delivered newspapers for the McCook Daily Gazette before becoming the custodian of the Masonic Temple Building where he worked until his death.
Early in life Orville rodeoed, riding broncs and bulls and broke many horses. He was always good with engines and passed skills on to his sons and grandsons. Later in life he loved training mules and draft horses with his brother and sons.
Orville's greatest enjoyment was his family, especially the grand and great-grandchildren. He was also proud to receive a license to minister the Gospel through the Independent Assemblies. His desire was to serve the Lord with his life and heart and present Jesus to everyone he met.
He was preceded in death by one son, Jim in October of 2007, daughter-in-law, Kay Mockry; his parents; two brothers; Howard and Marion Mockry; two sisters; Ellen Mockry and Marjorie Simonds; and his mother and father-in-law, William and Bessie Vandervort.
Orville is survived by his wife of 61 years Donna Mockry of McCook; two sons, Randy Mockry and wife, Wanda and Robert Mockry and wife, Angie; two daughters, Nancy Collins and husband, Charlie and Mary Sue Wurster and husband, Bob, all of McCook; daughter-in-law, Julie Mockry; grandchildren, Corey Collins and wife, Jill, Chris Collins, Jamie Mockry and wife, Theresa, Jacob Mockry, Codie Stephens, Cyndi Carlisle and husband, Jesse, Caitlyn Mockry, Elizabeth Borrink and husband, Joe, Rebecca Mockry, Sarah Messersmith, Aleece Priest and husband, Travis, Colette Balderston and husband, Travis and Stacey Brown; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Anita and James Mockry, Jordyn and Coral Collins, Noleigh Stephens, Callie and Gunner Carlisle,Alexandria Priest, Desarae, Ashlyn and Rylie Balderston, Lane and Kylee Brown and Joslyn Rivera; one brother, Tom Mockry of White City, Ore.; one sister, Wilma Mockry of Farmington, N.M.; and relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2009, at First Assembly of God Church in McCook with Pastor Jamie Mockry officiating, Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in McCook.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Thursday at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook.
Memorials may be given in his name and left at the funeral home.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.