Germanus W. Orndorff
01/13/1928 - 06/07/2020
Germanus “Gerry” W. Orndorff Sr., 92, of Hanover, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at his home. He was the husband of Joan C. (Harrison) Orndorff with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Born January 13, 1928 in McSherrystown, he was the son of the late William R. and Annie C. (Gebhart) Orndorff. Gerry retired as owner/operator of G.W. Orndorff and Sons Construction. He was a Certified Professional Estimator and worked as project manager on construction of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Gettysburg Tower to mention a few. Gerry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hanover, McSherrystown K of C with the Fr. Cyril J. Allwein fourth degree assembly where he served as past Faithful Navigator, St. Joseph’s Holy Name Society and Hanover Elks in which he served as past president of both. Gerry proudly served in the US Army during WW II. He enjoyed playing cards, traveling and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Germanus Orndorff Jr. of Waynesboro, VA, Ronald Orndorff and wife Leslie of Glenville and Andrew Orndorff and wife Patricia of Biglerville; four grandchildren, Tonia George, India Duvall, Germanus Orndorff III and Leo Orndorff; three step-grandchildren, Nicholas Millhimes, Joshua and Emily Leppo; 9 great-grandchildren and one sister, Angela Spraglin of Carlisle. He was preceded in death by nine siblings, Perpetua, Ruth, George and Nelson Orndorff, Felicitas “Bisque” Staub, Mary Knox, Agnes Staub, Monica Long and Lucretia Breighner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hanover, with Rev. Matthew Morelli as celebrant. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, McSherrystown with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown with prayers at 8:00 p.m. Contributions in memory of Germanus may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5055 Grandview Road, Hanover, PA 17331.
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Posted at:06/07/2020 9:09 pm
What a great Father - he lead by example, he taught us how to be a leader, a perfectionist, a carpenter (which I never mastered), a mason, a heavy equipment operator and how to build a nice bonfire (LOL) just to name a few. And I a-tribute my good work ethic to him - he was the hardest working man I have ever known. I am honored to be his son. Love you always.
Germanus (Germ) William Orndorff Jr.
Posted at:06/08/2020 9:09 am
Bonnie & Jack Crouse
Germ, our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. We certainly know the heartache of not having them with us in life, but will always be with you in spirit and wonderful memories. Prayers and hugs to you my friend and to your family. God Bless
Posted at:06/08/2020 10:10 am
What an honor to have had Gerry as a part of our life. We have wonderful memories of spending family time through the years. My deepest sympathy. Love, Gloria
Posted at:06/08/2020 11:11 am
Aunt Joan, Germ, Ron and Andy,
I just want to say how deeply sorry I am to hear of the loss of your husband and father. He truly will be missed. Uncle Gerry was such a kind hearted person, who had the biggest heart I know. I especially loved his strong hugs of never wanting to let you go. I am so glad Randy and I were able to go up and see him and Aunt Joan last summer. We enjoyed working with him and his puzzle. I will miss him so much, but know he is looking down on all of us. Your cousins, Frank, Mike (his godson), and Tom all send their condolences as well. Love you all so much. Take care and God Bless, Barb
Posted at:06/08/2020 4:04 pm
Dear Uncle Gerry,
Of all the many blessings
However great or small
To have had you as an Uncle
Was the greatest one of all
The family is missing you now
And nothing seems the same
But as God takes each one of us
The chain will link again
Love you and will see you again UNCLE GERRY
Posted at:06/11/2020 12:12 am
Sincere condolences from John L. Neiderer
Posted at:06/12/2020 1:01 pm
Pat and Linda Lawrence
Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in the memories of your loved one.