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Vard H. Orrock

July 9, 1921 - March 3, 2016

Vard H. Orrock peacefully passed away on March 3, 2016 after 94 wonderful years.  He was born on July 9, 1921, in Mount Pleasant to William Marvin Orrock and Nettie Howarth, Nettie died when he was very young leaving three boys, Dick, Vard and Phil. His father later married Venetta Stansfield and together they had three more children, Lois, Fred, and Bill.  They moved to Ogden where Vard graduated from Weber High School in 1939. He attended Utah State University, University of Utah and received an Associates Degree from Weber College.


He served in U.S. Navy in World World II from 1942 to 1945 and was aboard the U.S.S  Meade destroyer.  After the war, he played the sax in his own band, the VO5. He was married to Dorothy Meyer from August 1944 until her death in 1998 (54 years).  He worked with his father-in-law George Meyer at the Ogden Dental Lab, later becoming the owner/operator.  He retired in 1983 after 53 years. He was president of the Utah Dental Laboratory Association in 1965. He was president of the Patio Springs Country Club in 1969.


In 1999, he married  N. Sue Rice joining their two families.  He always said he was the luckiest man in the world to find two such wonderful women.  He leaves his sons Bob, Jim (Jan Stephenson) and Jack (Cathy Campbell). Two more children were added after his marriage to Sue: Vicki (Ron) Geary and Kevin (Marne) Rice. He has a blended family of 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


He was an active member and high priest in the LDS Church.  He and Sue served missions at the Bishop’s Storehouse and at the Monroe Branch in Ogden. He loved playing golf with his three boys, his brother Phil and many, many friends. He scored three holes in one: two at ages 85 and 89.  He was a master ping pong’er and a longtime time member of the Weber State Wildcat Club. He also loved following Weber State and the Jazz.


A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. at the mortuary.


Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Family will greet friends from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Service Information

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Leavitt’s Mortuary

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT.

Family will greet friends from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm


Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Aultorest Memorial Park

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT.

Interment will be immediately following Funeral Service.


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Born: July 9, 1921
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Colleen Pontius posted on 6/8/16

Sue, This is Colleen Pontius, Ed Hadley' daughter. I am so sorry to hear about Vard. What an amazing wonderful man. I would like to talk with you if you have a minute. You can reach me at 801-721-3665


Elena Montenegro-Long posted on 5/13/16

Dear Sue and Vard's family, my husband, Joe, and I only knew this great guy for a very brief time. About the last couple of months of his life. We are so sorry for your loss. It is our loss too. We sure miss his friendship and consideration thru our association at the Veterans' Home. We miss you too Sue. Hope you are carrying on enjoying great memories. Hugs. Joe and Elena Long


Jill Pantone Miller posted on 3/9/16

Jack, So sorry to hear about your Dad. I know it's hard to lose a parent. Please accept my sincere condolences on his passing away. Just remember all the good times. Sincerely, Jill Pantone Miller


Denny Valberg posted on 3/7/16

Jim , I wish you and Jan many happy memories of your Father. He is no longer physically here but I'm sure that spiritually he will always be with you. The love of a parent never diminishes. Many blessings to you and your family. Take care,,Denny.


Vern and Fay Stacey posted on 3/7/16

Dear Sue, Vern and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Vard. He was a man that never wanted to give up. The last time we were talking he said how beautiful you were. He was a tough man, wanting to show up at Weber States Game the day after cancer surgery. We will never forget how the two of you danced at the Valentines Ball at the VA Center. You,Sue, will be blessed because of the constant care you always gave to him. You were a special couple. If you would send us your address we would love to send you a card. We will try to find a picture of your last dance. Our address is 4312 Skyline Pkwy 84403 Ogden


Craig Orrock posted on 3/7/16

A great uncle and brother for my dad Phil. I can remember many Ogden parades we view at his dental lab above the Egyption theater and also remember him playing sax as a boy and sticking out his false teeth between notes. A great golfer that played better in the rain. We all will miss him and I wish his family the best. Craig Orrock


Kevin Bischoff posted on 3/6/16

Vard was one of the greatest guys I ever met. He could peel an orange and the skin would be in one piece! He was always a great golfer and I remember my parents talking about the VO5, which Jim and I used some of their sound equipment when we had our own band 25 years later. Vard will be missed.


George & Marjorie Rice posted on 3/6/16

After Vard and Sue married, we enjoyed many visits and Rice family gatherings together. Vard was a kind, soft-spoken gentleman. He was always a gracious host when we visited his and Sue's home, and a thoughtful and appreciative guest in our home. We will miss him. We extend our love and condolences to Sue and all the family. George and Marjorie Rice


Robert Glasmann posted on 3/6/16

To Bob Orrock and family, I am saddened to learn of your loss. I have such fond memories of Vard and your mom on Franklin Street. (I remember some basketball games in your driveway, too, and touch football in the street!) My deepest condolences... --Bob (and Ann) Glasmann