Karen M Orr
January 14, 1940 - June 17, 2020

Karen M Orr

Karen M Orr
Jan 14, 1940 - Jun 17, 2020

Karen M Orr

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Karen Orr, 80, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Lutheran Living.

Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020, at Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Chip Borgstadt will officiate. Pallbearers will be Lance Garner, Bill Burmeister, Larry Orr, and Steve Orr. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

Karen was born January 14, 1940, in Muscatine, the daughter of Allvar R. and Pearl M. Holzhauer Erickson. She married Harlan Orr on November 15, 1959, at the First Baptist Church in Muscatine.

Karen retired from Muscatine Community College. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church. Karen enjoyed shopping, horses, traveling, showing dogs, and eating her dessert first.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Harlan of Muscatine; one daughter, Cindy Garner and her husband, Larry, of Muscatine; two grandchildren, Lance Garner and his wife, Jean, and Laramie Garner and his wife, Becky; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; one brother, Gary L. Erickson and his wife, Lola, of Muscatine; one sister-in-law, Wanda White of Crawsville, Iowa; one brother-in-law, Wayne Burns of Muscatine; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend to the family, Donna Burmeister.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Tarry and Carolyn Brossart on Jun 23, 2020

Harlan and Cindy.. we have wonderful memories of Karen. Such a sweet person and good neighbor. Thinking of you ...

Jean Bermel on Jun 22, 2020

Harlan & Family: Karen came on board in the traffic department at Monsanto same time I did. She was always willing to help me out if I was in a bind. A very pleasant and personable person. Karen will be deeply missed by all. My prayers to the family.

Sharon Goers on Jun 21, 2020

To Harlan, Cindy, and family; my deepest sympathy in the passing of Karen. She was the most genuinely kind person I ever met. Working with her was always enjoyable. She “adopted” all our grandchildren, bringing them treats on every holiday! She will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity and caring ways.

June Brewer Welsch on Jun 21, 2020

I have a lot of good memories of Karen square dancing and our get togethers

Nadine Vance on Jun 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Cindy.
Nadine Vance

Matthew Swanson on Jun 19, 2020

To Harlan and family

Im so sorry for your loss and my deepest heartfelt prayers are with you during this very difficult time and i pray that God will see you through this and will comfort your heart through this.

Elizabeth Motto on Jun 19, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! May the souls of the faithfully departed rest in piece Amen. Karen was always do kind and loving! She always asked about our girls at family gatherings. She will be greatly missed! Love, Vince, Liz, Madalynn, and Genevieve

Rick Maida on Jun 18, 2020

Really sorry to hear about Karen's passing. She was always sweet and gentle. My deepest condolences to Cindy and Harlan.

Kayla Holst on Jun 18, 2020

Karen was one in a billion! The sweetest, most helpful, most caring person I know. She was always interested in your life and her special talent of loving the kiddos. She was a joy to work with and will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers and sympathy to the family.

Connie McDaniel on Jun 18, 2020

Karen was such a kind and sweet lady. I always thought so much of her. She left many people blessed to have known her. I am sorry for your loss.

Jane Daufeldt on Jun 18, 2020

Dear Orr Family,
I am so sorry for your loss! May you all feel the Lord's peace and comfort as you go through the this difficult time.
Jane Daufeldt

Julie wolf on Jun 18, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing! I enjoyed working with her. She was such a sweet person. My sympathies to the family!

Marvin and Vada Timm on Jun 18, 2020

So sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace🙏

Jean Eichelberger on Jun 18, 2020

Very sorry for your loss - your mom looks very familiar but I can't remember how I knew her from my school or work days before I left Muscatine in 1986.

Myrle Belknap on Jun 18, 2020

So Sorry for your lost my prayers are with all of you

Grace Steckman on Jun 18, 2020

Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you wonderful memories.



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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Greenwood Cemetery
1814 Lucas Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
10:00 AM

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