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Orville Ray Corey

Okreek, SD

1934, 1792, Mayo, F-13 Member

STURGIS - Orville Ray Corey, 87, died peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2006, at home on his small ranch north of Sturgis.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 27, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Orville was born August 9, 1918, on a farm north of Colome to Clarence V. and Mildred (Myrick) Corey. The family moved south of Okreek where he worked on the ranch and broke horses. In 1933, Orville went to a CCC Camp in the Black Hills. During the Dirty 30's, his family moved to Washington where they worked on a dairy farm. In 1942, he worked from start to finish on the Al-Can highway ending up in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, as a "cat skinner."

In 1945, Orville met his wife of 59-1/2 years, Pauline Lindstrom. They were married on October 4, 1946, and started farming by selling Pauline's brand new car for $2500.00. He had two sons and three daughters. He moved his family to Washington state near his aging parents in 1966 where they continued farming and raising sheep. He also was a farm manager for the prison trustees at the Monroe Reformatory in Washington, retiring in 1981.

Orville and Pauline moved back to South Dakota in the fall of 1987 after the death of his parents to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching boxing, rodeos, and taking part in family get-togethers, and raising his prize winning Suffolk Sheep. He was in the sheep business 58 years, 'til his dying day. He sold breeding stock in 12 different states. He was one of the directors of the Washington State Suffolk Association for over 20 years. He was always present at local fairs and the Newell Ram Sale. The Lord can always use another Shepherd. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Corey, Whitewood; two sons and their wives, Cal and Linda Corey, Sturgis, and Max and Liz Corey, Dubuque, IA; three daughters and their husbands, Lana and Dan Andrews, Vale, OR, Linda and Jeff Waltz, Farmington, NM, and Paula and Mike Schmeltzer, Sturgis; one sister, Maxine Lamm-Kimmell, St. George, UT; twelve grandchildren, Carrie Nalley, stationed in Iraq, and her fiance, Kurt, Christy Johnson and her husband, Dean, Rapid City, Curt Corey, Piedmont, Joanna Lochner and her husband, Chad, Davenport, IA, Trent Corey, Dubuque, IA, Beth Corey, Chicago, IL, Cassandra and Nathan Andrews, Vale, OR, Bryan and Eric Waltz, Farmington, NM, Amy Hale and her husband, Robert, stationed in Fairbanks, AK, and Glen Schmeltzer, Spearfish; and six great-grandchildren, Matthew, Kelsea, Madison, Evan, David, and Michael.

His parents, one sister, and one brother preceded him in death.

A memorial has been established.

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