Born in Mankato, MN Orville served in the Army from 1971-1973. Around 1980 he came to Arizona and stayed over 35 years. He loved it here.
After working for several electricians, his final choice was to live off the grid. He moved up to the Silver King Mine and created his world. His unconventional resourcefulness and selfless generosity to all who came in contact with him made him an inspiration and a joy. His home was fashioned from an old motorhome, generators and solar panels provided his power and his trash to treasure approach to life demonstrated his artistic nature and appreciation for the earths beauty. He carved his own kingdom in the quiet peace where he felt closer to God.
In late August he developed terrible hip pain and found he was walking on a broken hip. That is when they found the cancer. It was in his lung, bones and some lymph nodes. After fixing the ball joint in his hip he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and given 4-6 months. Stretching that out to almost 2 years he fought bravely to the end.
Unfortunately he was unable to put aside funds for his ending and we are trying to raise money for his funeral
He will be laid to rest in a Veterans Cemetery in southern Arizona.