John W. Orndorff Sr., 80, car salesman, veteran

September 23, 2002

John William Orndorff Sr., a World War II veteran who fought on D-Day, died Tuesday in New Port Richey, Fla., of complications from an aneurysm. He was 80 and had lived in Florida for about 12 years.

Born in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Mr. Orndorff was raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Gwynn Falls High School and afterward enlisted in the National Guard. He married Mary Kerr in 1941. The couple divorced after 20 years.

He was called into active service and was assigned to the Army's 29th Division tank battalion. He trained in London for several months before landing on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.

He returned to Baltimore after the war and became a salesman at an Oldsmobile dealership on U.S. 40. He then worked as a driver for Cloverland Dairy. He later moved to Ellicott City.

Mr. Orndorff had eight children, whom he enjoyed taking to public parks, the National Zoo in Washington and fishing. His youngest son, Gerard J. Orndorff, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Baltimore.

Plans for services at the Arlington National Cemetery are pending.

In addition to his former wife, Mr. Orndorff is survived by his fiancee, Mary Flerlage of New Port Richey; three sons, J. Michael Orndorff of Red Lion, Pa., Gregory Orndorff of Ellicott City and John W. Orndorff Jr. of Catonsville; four daughters, Gina Lewis of Hanover, Pa., Peggy Riddle of Mount Airy, Rita Sullivan of Ellicott City and Eileen Arrington of Springboro, Ohio; 23 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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