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Dee "Wasia" Orr

March 11, 1926 ~ June 28, 2020 (age 94)


Dee “Wasia” Orr, 94, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on March 11, 1926, in Del Rio, Tennessee, the daughter of James and Elon (Price) Cogdill. Wasia was raised and educated near Central City and attended Stone School and high school.


On August 5th, 1947, Wasia was united in marriage to Joseph Orr in Marion. Three children were later born to this union. Together the couple farmed north of Ryan, until Joseph had a decline in his health that required the couple to move to Manchester. For the next 30 years Wasia drove school bus for West Delaware Schools.


Wasia enjoyed time in the kitchen where she cooked, canned food, baked bread, and Waldorf Astoria Cake.  Wasia also enjoyed playing cards with her friends, especially 500. But above all else, Wasia cherished time helping children with special needs and providing for them in any way she could.


Survivors include her three children, Latha Dawn (Charles) Bildstein of Ryan, Penni Renee (Richard) Kracke of Trinity Florida, and Stanley Joseph (Brian Opitz) Orr of Red Wing Minnesota.


Wasia was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers; three sisters; and her great- grandson, Cacey Martin Bildstein.

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Private Family Graveside Service

Golden Prairie Cemetery
Ryan, IA 52330