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Douglas Orndorff

Douglas D. Orndorff, age 68, husband of Arlene Holtz, of New Rockford, ND, formerly of Oranda, VA, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Carrington Health Center, Carrington, ND.

Douglas D Orndorff was born on February 28, 1944, at the family home in Oranda, Virginia to Archie and Irene (Spiker) Orndorff. He attended Oranda School until it closed in 1956 and then attended Strasburg School. He began working for area farmers in the orchards and fields when he was 12 and later worked at various service stations and driving truck. In July 1963 Doug married Nancy Foster. They moved to Frederick County where he worked as foreman at a hosiery mill and drove concrete truck and owned and operated a grocery store. They had three children, Bambi, Misti and Doug and moved to Rockingham County in 1974. He worked for a tire company, Shell Oil for 15 years as a truck driver and mechanic, operated a service station and was a mechanic and foreman for a golf car company. In December 1983, he married Brenda King and helped raise his stepdaughter, Ellie. During his lifetime, he worked for 25 different employers and owned 51 automobiles. He loved working with anything mechanical. He ended his career owning and operating “Doug’s Small Engine Repair in Bridgewater, VA. He retired in 2006 because of his health. In 2007, he sold his home in Bridgewater, purchased a motor home, left Virginia and began his dream of travelling the lower 48 states. In 2009, he met the love of his life, Arlene Holtz of New Rockford, ND in an RV Park in Benson, AZ. They were married on August 14, 2010 in Warwick, North Dakota. Doug became a resident of North Dakota, where they reside at New Rockford during the summer months and in the winter months travel in the motor home. This past winter was spent in North Dakota enjoying Christmas. Doug lived his dream with Arlene completed his travels in the RV through all the lower 48 states and returning to Virginia to visit family and friends. He loved nature, hunting, fishing, playing Texas Hold –em, playing pool and every place he traveled made new friends throughout the USA. Doug touched the heart and lives of many people through his travels and was known for his outstanding sense of humor and to the end wanted to put everyone before himself.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Holtz of New Rockford, ND, daughters Bambi Frank of Harrisonburg, VA, Misti Wisman of Broadway, VA and one son Douglas (Teresa) Orndorff of Port Republic, VA, two stepdaughters Sherry Holtz (Peter Rudolf) of Plymouth, MN and Ellie King of Harrisonburg, VA, four brothers, Bobby (Mary) Orndorff, Jimmy (April) Orndorff, Roger (Lois) Orndorff all of Oranda, VA, Johnny (Dianne) Orndorff of Mauertown, VA and two sisters Patsy (Frank) Miller of Strasburg, VA and Brenda (Cecil) Campbell of Clear Brook VA; 5 grandchildren Jonny and Jenny Wisman, Crystal Miller, Bryan Frank and Haley Brown; three step grandchildren Zach Rudolf, Seaira and Farrah Hughes and six great grandchildren, Harmony and Jesse Miller, Isaiah Dennison and Kylie Boyd, Ryan and Landon Wisman.

He was preceded in death by his parents Archie and Irene Orndorff, wives Nancy and Brenda Orndorff and three great grandchildren Cameron Wisman, Jazmen Dennison and Aubree Miller.

MEMORIALS: Charity of donor's choice or Walnut Springs Christian Church, 1905 Oranda Road, Strasburg, VA 22657


MEMORIAL SERVICE: Warwick Lutheran Church, Warwick, ND

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

A REMEMBRANCE IN LOVE: Butterfield RV Park, Benson, AZ

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Walnuts Springs Christian Church, Oranda, VA

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM


Posted Condolences:

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Name: Joan & Dave Hoyt

Date: March 8

Message: Arlene, we are so sorry to hear about Doug.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 

With deepest sympathy love and prayers, 

Joan & Dave


Name: Darrell J. Rodeffer

Date: 7 March 2012

Message: I am really sorry to hear of Doug's passing.  He always had a kind word for everyone.  I recall very fond memories of Doug.  Every time I would see him he would have a joke for me.  He will be missed greatly by friends and family alike.



Name: PJ and Don Bahr

Date: 030513

Message: Arlene,
We were so blessed by Doug and his enthusiasm for life and seeing his love and adoration for you. We have hope knowing we'll all have a reunion in Heaven. Love to you, Don and PJ


Name: Kirsten Fisher

Date: 3/3/13

Message: Arlene, what a gift it was for you to share your life with Doug and we got to meet such a nice man.  My heart goes out to you, and his family, we will be in touch.  Much Love, Kirsten



Name: Claudia and Bill Fyten

Date: 3/3/13

Message: Arlene, Sherry, Peter and Zach:

Bill and I were so very sorry to hear of Doug's passing.  Even though our acquaintance with Doug was brief and mainly in the summer at the Owl's Nest Resort, we will miss his presence and his stories and tales from his past.  He seemed to always embrace life with a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time and may your loving memories be with you always.  With Sympathy, Claudia and Bill


Name: Boyd & Judi Spiker

Date: March 2 2013

Message: Arlene and the remainder of Dougs family.Judi and are so very grateful that we got to re connect with Doug and get to know Arlene. We are sorry to see him leave,but take comfort knowing we will meet him again. Our sincere condolences to his family, Cousins Boyd&Judi


Name: Eilef & JoAnn Erickson

Date: 3/2/2013

Message: We were so sorry to hear about Doug passing away, our thoughts are with you, God bless you all


Name: Marlys

Date: March 1

Message: Arlene, it was really hard not to come home, but we are looking forward to having you come to Benson as is the whole park.  You will be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow.  Hopefully, it will work out for you to come to AZ.

Love and prayers,

Ken & Marlys


Name: Mike and Valerie Spiker

Date: March 1

Message: Prayers go out to Everyone.  Doug was well liked and loved he will be deeply missed


Name: Marion Anderson

Date: March 1 2013

Message: Arlene, I am so sorry to hear of your  loss. Doug was a good  person and good for you . I wish  I could be there for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Marion Anderson


Name: Patricia A Miller

Date: 02/28/2013

Message: Arlene, Sheri, Peter and Zach, Bambi, Misti and Little Doug.
I love all of you and I loved Doug. I am glad his suffering on this earth is over. I ask God to put his arms around each of you and hold you tight. Patsy and Family


Name: Marlys Harrison

Date: February 28, 2013

Message: Arlene:
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time. I won't be home to attend Doug's service, but will be thinking of you. I was so surprised and sorry to hear that Doug had passed. Tammy (my daughter in New Rockford) called me this morning. I will get in touch with you when I return to North Dakota the first of April.


Name: Judy Preckshot

Date: Feb. 28, 2013

Message: Arlene, Sherry, Peter and Zak, we share your sorrow at Doug's passing, just one day short of his birthday. He was a really good person who brought much joy into Arlene's life. Wolf and I will miss his presence at the Owls Nest: he had many fascinating (and funny) tales of his life in the South and much wisdom about people, nature and life in general, and he embraced life fully. His life was too short but our memory of him will be long.


Name: Louise Figgins

Date: 2/28/2013

Message: Thinking of you in time of sorrow


Name: Jane and Larry Miller

Date: 2/28/2013

Message: Love and prayers


Name: Gartha & Bill Harper

Date: 2/28/2013

Message: Arlene Our thoughts and prayer are with you, and I'm thinking about all our good times.
Gartha and Bill Harper


Name: Joe and Ellie Bertsch

Date: 02-28-2013

Message: Our deepest condolences to you, Arlene and the family. Altho we knew Doug only briefly, we really enjoyed the time spent together in Arizona. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Name: Marge Jarrell

Date: 02/28/2013

Message: Arlene, I was so sorry to see that Doug had passed away.


Name: Julie Erickson

Date: 2/28/2013

Message: Dear Arlene and Family -

I was so sorry to hear about Doug's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and I hope the pleasant memories will bring you comfort.

With Sorrow and Caring, Love,



Name: sharondennison-goodloe

Date: 2-27-2013

Message: Doug was a very nice person, sad he passed so soon, my prayers go to the family, may god be with each one during these though times.


Name: Jim & April Orndorff

Date: 2-27-13

Message: Thoughts and prayers out to the family. Doug will be missed so much.


Name: Dianne Orndorff

Date: 02/27/2013

Message: John and I loved Doug very much. He was one of a kind.God bless you, Arlene.