Orie O. Schrock
April 15, 1924 –
October 1, 2021
Orie O. Schrock, from Goshen Indiana, passed away on October 1, 2021, at the age of 97. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday October 6 at 4:30 p.m. at East Goshen Mennonite Church, 2019 E. Lincoln Ave, Goshen, EN 46528.. Friends are invited to visit family from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. before the service. The family requests the wearing of masks.
Orie was born on April 15, 1924 in Goshen, IN to Tobe and Mattie (Miller) Schrock. In the spring of 1931, the family moved to Clarksville, MI. Orie grew up working on the farm with her family. It was drafted in 1945 and went to CPS in Medaryville, IN. After his shift he returned home to the farm. In 1948, Orie moved to Cass Lake, MN. He was a caretaker at the Steamboat Lake Resort. He also taught and preached in various mission churches in Ogema, Loman and Mahnoman regions. He met his first wife, Ruth Stoll, and they were married in Loman on December 20, 1950. Orie was ordained a priest in 1952 at Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church. After living in the Loman area, they moved to Red Lake, Ontario, Canada. They helped in the work of the mission and Orie also worked at the Madsen gold mine. Their four children were born while they lived there.
In 1963, Orie and his family returned to Clarksville, Michigan, where he served as a pastor at Bowne Mennonite Church. In 1969, they moved to Grand Rapids, MI and founded the Mennonite Church in North Park. Orie drove a dump truck for a living. In 1975, Orie and his family moved to Pennsylvania where he served as a pastor at Hersteins Mennonite Church in Schwenksville.
In 1979, Orie and his family moved to Minnesota where he served as the pastor at the Mennonite Leader Church. They have lived in the Staples, Motley and Leader neighborhoods for many years. He worked for various farmers and hauled mail to Motley for 8 years. Every summer he was a counselor at Sand Hill Bile Camp in Fosston, Minnesota, where the children enjoyed “Orie stories”. They also never found his secret hiding place during the annual “Hide and Seek” game. In addition, for many years, Orie disguised himself as Abe Lincoln and pronounced the “Gettysburg Address” at various receptions and schools.
Orie cared for Ruth for many years due to her stroke. In 2001, Ruth passed away. Orie returned to Goshen, IN, where he married Miriam Graber on October 12, 2002. Orie worked for World Missionary Press in New Paris, IN until his retirement at almost 91 in January 2015.
Orie loved and served God throughout her life and wanted to help spread the gospel of Christ around the world. He was a great encouragement and exhortation to always “look for something to do and then do it”, and to always stay busy. Orie attended school until grade 8 when needed on the farm. It was a great disappointment for Orie that he couldn’t finish school and contributed greatly to his feelings of inferiority throughout his adult life. So it was a great accomplishment when he was able to get his GED in 1995 at the age of 71. His family celebrated with him.
Orie leaves behind his wife, Miriam, his children, Alan (Pat Keener) of Moorhead, MN, Anna (Dan Pipek) of Staples, MN, Susan (Curt Martin) of Pillager, MN, and Marlin (Cathy Cole) of Waverly , New York. Her stepchildren John (Crissie Musselman) Graber of Goshen, IN, Merlin Graber, Goshen, IN, Millard (Sheila Koch) Graber, Goshen, IN, Carol (Bill Frisbie), Goshen, IN and Galen (Ruth Brenneman) Graber, Wellman, IA, ten grandchildren, fourteen step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, fourteen step-great-grandchildren, Brother Edward of Clarksville, MI and Sister Martha (Virgil) Albrecht of Three Rivers, MI .
He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, his great-grandson James Martin, his step-granddaughter Joyce Graber, his great-grandson Joshua Angel, his brother Oscar, his sisters Mae Wenger, Mary Birkey and her little sister Esther.
Memorial contributions can be sent to World Missionary Press, PO Box 120, New Paris, Indiana 46553-0120
Arrangements are with Rieth Rohrer & Ehret Funeral Home and online condolences can be submitted at www.rrefh.com
Published on October 3, 2021