John F. Orndorff
Colonel, (US Army, Retired), John F. Orndorff, died at his home on July 30, 2021. John was born in Nashville, TN August 12, 1937, the elder son of Helen Rivers Morrow and Franklin Asbury Orndorff. He is survived by his loving and beloved wife of 61 years, Alison S. Orndorff, of the home, they were married at West Point, NY in June 1960, in the West Point Catholic chapel. Survivors are his daughter, Paige V. Roberts, and his brother Christopher Orndorff. Other survivors include sister-in-law, Carla P. Meyer; brother-in-law, Kenneth Parkin (Robin) and family; grandsons Luke and Joseph Visocsky (Andrea) and family; niece Gina Gould Bruce (Nathan); nephews Father Christopher M. Orndorff II; Matthew Orndorff (Angela) and family and Spencer Gould (AJ) and family. His son, John Jr., predeceased him in 2015.
John grew up in Adairville, KY, and attended elementary and secondary schools there. He was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by Congressman William H. Natcher of KY in 1955, graduating in 1959. Commissioned in the Infantry by choice, he completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne, Ranger and Jumpmaster schools and served with the 101st Airborne Division. Subsequently, he attended the Army Language School (Korean), Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Military Assistance Training Advisor Course, Special Forces Officer Course, Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College. He was a veteran of Vietnam and several other parts of Asia, including command of the 3d (Frontline) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division on and in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. John dearly loved leading soldiers and he was blessed with the opportunity to do so at platoon, company and battalion and brigade level. His final assignments at Fort Leavenworth included Director, Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Director, Department of Tactics, Command and General Staff College; Assistant Deputy Commandant, CGSC. John retired from the Army after 27 years of service on 31 May 1986.
After retirement from the Army, John joined the staff of Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) at Fort Leavenworth in August 1986. He was instrumental in completing the licensure of AFI in all 50 states, and in commencing the issuance of auto insurance by the company. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 1991 and assumed the duties of President and Chairman of the Board of Directors in late 1992, serving in those positions until his retirement in 1998.
In true retirement, John served in volunteer positions with the Leavenworth County Development Corporation and as the Leavenworth County Representative on the Johnson-Leavenworth-Wyandotte Workforce Development Board. He continued to pursue his love of hunting and fishing, gardening, and golf, becoming semi-famous for having won both a car and a pickup truck by making a hole-in-one on the prize hole at the 2001 Leavenworth Country Club Member-Guest Golf Tournament.
Condolences may be left on John's page at www.beldenlarkin.com. Graveside service with full military honors and committal are scheduled at Leavenworth National Cemetery on August 12, 2021, at 2:30 pm, with Fr. Christopher M. Orndorff II, officiating. Friends are invited to attend. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Arrangements by Belden-Larkin Funeral Home, Leavenworth, KS.
Posted online on August 06, 2021