Orville Dale Bahr, age 73 of Swisher, Iowa, died Wednesday May 8, 2013 at his home following a brief illness. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford, IA, with Rev. Mike Townsley officiating. Burial will be in Hala Cemetery, rural Walford with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, May 13, 2013 at Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.
Orville is survived by his wife Grace “Pat”; two sons, Ricky (Karen) of Marengo, and Kevin (Sherri Gillick) of Swisher; a daughter Vicki Bahr of Swisher; a daughter-in-law Michelle Bahr of Swisher; and six grandchildren, Kenneth Bahr (April DeFauw) of Cedar Rapids, Andrew Bahr (Brandi) of Cedar Rapids, Christian Bahr, Isaac Bahr, and Gracie Lynn Bahr, all of Swisher, and Stephanie Gillick of Belle Plaine; and a great-grandchild Sophia Bahr of Cedar Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Randy in 2012.
Orville Dale Bahr was born July 17, 1939 in Marengo, Iowa, the only son of Dale and Irene Kopf Bahr. He attended the Iowa County schools and Marengo High School. Orville served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He and Grace Patricia Koch were united in marriage on March 23, 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Homestead. He was employed as a sheet metal machinist for 36 years with Steel Products Company in Cedar Rapids.
Orville was a member of VFW Post 788 in Cedar Rapids, and Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford. In earlier years he was a scout master. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and mushroom hunting. He liked playing his DS and bird-watching. Orville especially cherished his time with his family and friends.