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Sunday October 11th, 2020
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Tuesday October 13th, 2020

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John L. Orris

Orris - John L., 77, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord on October 6, 2020 at Conemaugh Medical Center.  Born on April 19, 1943 in Johnstown.  Son of the late George and Mary (Hamryszak) Orris.  He is survived by loving wife Valerie with whom he recently celebrated 55 years of marriage.  Also survived by his loving son Greg, sister Cynthia, sisters and brother’s in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was employed as Master Sergeant, HHC 1stBN 103d Armor, 28th Inf Div., PA National Guard.   Later, he was a member of the Richland Police Department as well as a US Marshal for the US Department of Justice. John enjoyed being outdoors riding his motorcycle or in his garage working on cars or home projects.  He also loved spending time with his four furry buddies.  His friends remember him for his great sense of humor, always joking or ready with a funny story.  There is an empty seat at the Valley Dairy where many of his amusing tales were shared. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and his critter companions. Family will receive friends from 2-5 pm Sunday, October 11 at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Johnstown.  Masks and social distancing are requested at this time. John was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Geistown, where Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 13, at 10:30 am.  Fr. David S. Peles, Pastor. Military Rites following Mass at the church by Conemaugh Valley Detachment #287, Marine Corps League. Private inurnment at Richland Cemetery Mausoleum. 

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Valarie and family,
Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers.are with you in this difficult time. Denny and Dollie Gisler

Dollie Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM

One of my fondest memories of Officer Orris was when I was coming off of 219 onto Scalp Ave. near Market Basket. I had a tire blow out. I was a new mom and had my baby in the car. I managed to safely get into the KFC parking lot. He saw what happened and came and changed my tire for me. I also used to work at Valley Dairy and he was always one of my favorite customers.
Sometimes he'd put on a hard exterior, but he definitely had a kind and gentle soul. (He always told me not to tell anyone that) Sorry, but a lot of people had that figured out, Officer Orris! He will most certainly be missed in the community.

Crystal Saltarelli Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences go out to the Orris family. Rest In Peace John

Larry Halach Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, remembering cousin Johnnie from many visits to Aunt Marys. Cynthia please accept my sincere condolencsDebbie Hamryszak Monte

Debbie Hamryszak Monte Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM

Valley Dairy will definitely be missing him. Rest easy buddy.

Chris Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

My Sympathies and Prayers for the Family, I knew John for Years at the Armory since I was A very Young Man and then later with as an Officer at RTPD. He was always Police Orientated and used to tell me many stories at Valley Dairy I am so Very Sorry for his Loss as he will be sorely missed.

Sterling Maystorovich Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM