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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Richard Orrill at the age of 89. Richard passed away Feb. 24, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
Richard was born Sept. 24, 1924 in Akron, Ohio. He was sixth out of the nine children of Wilbert Walter Orrill and Adaline L. Orrill. Wilbert and Adaline moved their family to California around 1925 where Richard spent his early years growing up with his brothers and sisters. Richard enlisted Jan. 15, 1943 with the U.S. Marine Corps. He proudly served in the Pacific area in the Marshall Islands operations as a radio gunner during World War II. Richard received the Good Conduct medal in 1946. After being honorably discharged, he went to work for his father in the family furniture business located in Southern California.
In Southern California at a local coffee shop, Richard met the love of his life, Darlene Nelson, whom he married Oct. 11, 1947. Richard and Darlene spent the next 65-plus years happily married, as devoted and in love as much in the end as the beginning. Richard was a devoted husband and father to Darlene and their three children, Carolyn, Antoinette and Richard.
Richard and Darlene moved their family to Bishop in 1958 where they opened Richardâ€™s Furniture Store and Moving Company and raised their children. After many years of raising a family, fishing trips, barbecues and running a successful business, he discovered his love for the dirt bike. Motocross became a large part of his life, which he enjoyed immensely, whether it was riding on the local tracks, or out of town races from Southern California to Nevada, and later talking about the thrill of Motocross with friends. Richard will always be remembered for the many ways he made it possible for the younger generations to be introduced to Motocross. He was such a positive influence to those he mentored in the Motocross sport, not only his own kids and grandkids, who he made sure had their own motorcycles, but numerous younger kids he would encourage not only in their riding, but to keep going in a positive direction in life. He even took it upon himself to purchase a water truck and tractor to keep the track groomed, wet and ready to ride.
Through his many years Richard forged strong bonds and friendships, enjoying the time spent with all the kids and his many friends and riding companions out at the track. Richard continued riding his motorcycle until he was well into his late 70s, and even then refusing to give up, you would still find him at the track watching the grandkids ride, going to Mammoth Motocross, cheering everyone on and enjoying every minute to the fullest. He was affectionately known to many at the track by his nickname, â€śGramps,â€ť a name earned when his grandson saved his paper route money to buy Grandpa new leathers when they would go on one of their racing weekends and had â€śGrampsâ€ť put on the back, a name Richard was proud to bare and cherished hearing it from family and friends always.
Richard leaves behind his loving wife, Darlene; daughter, Carolyn Felesina and husband, Larry of Reno; daughter, Antoinette Tockey and husband, Darwin of Bishop; son, Richard J. Orrill Jr. and wife Trina of Bishop; as well as his beloved grandchildren, Austin Anderson of Reno, Liane DeGiovanni of Reno, Nicole Felesina of reno, Alyson Felesina of Reno, Jesse Lent of Reno, Ryan Lent of Bishop, Nicholas Orrill of Bishop and Emma Orrill of Bishop; and his great-grandchildren, Katelyne Lent, Corey Mooty, Ryan Lent Jr. and Savannah Lent.
Richard was deeply loved by his family. He will be missed forever, his memory cherished always.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, March 1 at Brune Mortuary, 325 Elm St. in Bishop. Interment will be at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop immediately following the service.