Al Orrison, 96, died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains, Dodge City.
He was born October 6, 1919 at Coffeyville, Kansas, the son Alfred O. and Adeline (Sipe) Orrison. He served in the United States Army during WWII with the 195th Field Artillery. He landed on Omaha Beach on D+10 and participated in 5 major campaigns. He was awarded the Victory Medal and Bronze Star.
He was a manager for Ideal Foods in Liberal and in 1948 moved to Dodge City to manage that store. He later owned and operated the Drive In Market for 15 years and the owner and operator of the Holiday Motel for 8 years, retiring in 1973.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Life Member of VFW Post 1714, American Legion and Masonic Lodge all in Dodge City as well as former Treasurer of both the Ford County Sportsman Club and of the Kansas Wildlife Federation. He loved hunting, fishing and traveling.
On December 1, 1946 he married Virginia Lawson at Coffeyville.
Survivors include: his wife, Dodge City; 2 sons, Craig and wife Linda, Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Ted and wife Connie, Dodge City; 3 daughters, Pam Moore and husband Dennis, Hugoton, Jan Bieker and husband Mark, Hays and Jill O’Brien and husband Greg, Collierville, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert, a grandson, Sean Moore and a grandson-in-law, Mike Honeman.
Funeral Service will be 10:00 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with Rev. Jerre Nolte officiating. Burial will follow at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Dodge with full military rites by Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714 and Military Honors for the State of Kansas. Visitation will be from noon to 8:00 pm Tuesday at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to VFW Post 1714 or the Ford County Humane Society both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801.