Tricounty News

Orland Kreitlow, 88



Orland Kreitlow of Kimball died peacefully at The Wellstead of Rogers Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. He was 88.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Montrose United Methodist Church in Montrose. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Interment will follow the funeral at Kreidler Cemetery in rural Montrose.

Orland was born April 12, 1924, to Herman and Sadie Kreitlow of Montrose. Upon graduating from high school, he immediately enlisted in the United States Navy.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis M. Martin Aug. 15, 1947, in Papillion, Neb. They had two children, Audrey and Sherry.

Orland spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring Aug. 31, 1971. Even after retirement, he dedicated his entire life to the service. He participated in many parades and spoke at several Memorial Day celebrations. He also loved to travel to his annual naval reunions and sharing his many military stories.

After retirement, Orland worked as a county assessor and held office as the Mayor of Montrose. In his spare time, he enjoyed keeping busy by helping out on the farm, tending the vegetable garden and spending time with his grandchildren.

Orland was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Kreitlow; parents Herman and Sadie Kreitlow; sisters Audrey and Bertha Kreitlow; and granddaughter Leslie Conners.

He is survived by daughters Audrey (and Jay II) Conners, Springfield, Va., and Sherry (and Robert) Epple, Kimball; grandchildren Michele Conners, Jay Conners III, Tony (and Stacey Hoskins) Epple, Paul (and Jody Orbeck) Epple, Donnie (and Kari Notch) Epple, and Steven (and Jessica) Epple; great-grandchildren Morgan Finnegan, MaKayla Epple, Cheyenne Epple, JaDyn Nohner, Madison Epple, Tessa Epple, Ryan Epple, and BeccaJean Epple.

Casket bearers will be Michele Conners, Tony Epple, Jay Conners III, Paul Epple, Donnie Epple, and Steven Epple.

Orland's family would like to extend a special thank you to The Wellstead of Rogers for the care and compassion they have shown him throughout his stay.

Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.