William Orchard

William (Bill) Orchard, son of Claude and Laura Kinnan Orchard, was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Iowa City, and passed away in Perry at the Perry Lutheran Home on March 13 at the age of 84 years.

Bill grew up in Greene County. He quit school at a young age and went to live with his uncle, Roger Kinnan, and help on the farm.

In 1958, he was drafted into the Army. He spent this time in Alaska. It was at this time he received his GED.

In 1960, after being honorably discharged, he went to work for the Alvin Kelly family. He worked for them over 50 years. He loved the farm, which he called home. In 2014, he spent the rest of his life in a nursing home.

Those who preceded him in death were his parents; one brother, Richard Orchard; and a sister, Connie Ball.

He is survived by his brothers: Leon Orchard, of Omaha, and twin brother Jack (Shirletta) Orchard, of Jefferson; and Jerry (Lois) Orchard, of Salina, Kan.; several nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Scranton Twp. Cemetery.

Bill donated his body to the University of Iowa Anatomical Gift Program to the benefit of students in their continued education.

Online condolences may be left at sliningerschroeder.com.

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home assisted the family.

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