The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 30, 2013

Ralph I. Orrick

The Commercial-News

---- — RIDGE FARM — Ralph I. Orrick, 84, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1928, the son of Raymond and Love (Bostiwck) Orrick, both deceased.

He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ann Jones, on May 8, 1946, in Danville until her passing on Feb. 13, 2012.

He is survived by his son, Bruce and Cindy Orrick, of San Angelo, Texas; his daughter, Nan Northrop and Roger Strubinger, of Ridge Farm; his grandchildren, Dana and Dave Franz, Jason Orrick, Angela and J.D. Nordberg and Cody Natalini; his great-grandchildren, Lindsey Franz, Dylan Nordberg and Cooper Nordberg; his sister, Mary Margaret Shepard, of Mattoon; his nieces, Marsha Koets, Janice Johnson and Kathy Hopper; his nephew, David Shepard; and his closest family friends and fellow farmers, Steve and Chere Pearson, Mark Johnson, Wesley Land and Don Ellis.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Orrick.

Ralph graduated from Ridge Farm High School where he played basketball, football and was an FFA member. He attended and served in the United Methodist Church of Ridge Farm. Ralph was an avid traveler in both his career and recreational pastime and had visited all 50 states before the age of 30.

We will always miss and remember his many vivid stories. Ralph enjoyed helping his neighbors and friends on the farm, Western movies and loved the Chicago Cubs, Bears and sported orange and blue for the Fighting Illini. He and Ann made many memories traveling and sightseeing between family trips to California, Texas and Florida.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, is assisting the family with arrangements. Please join in the family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

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