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Obituary - April 3, 2019

Ron S. Orebaugh

August 16, 1954-March 8, 2019

Ron Orebaugh, 64, died the evening of March 8, 2019, with his family by his side at Memorial University Hospital in Savanna, Ga., from cardiac arrest.

Born August 16, 1954, in Muncie, Ind., to Robert (“Bob”) and Roseva (Lang) Orebaugh, he grew up on his parents’ dairy farm, and grandparents’ hog farm near Selma. He graduated from Wapahani High School in 1972 and from a Purdue University Short Course in 1973, majoring in Animal Husbandry.

Ron had a varied career working as a herdsman on other farms, as a school bus driver, at Indiana Steel & Wire, the state of Indiana as a dairy inspector, and always as a farmer where he and his wife, Susan, had their own dairy farm and raised hogs. They also showed livestock at county fairs and the Indiana State Fair.

He also worked as a Duroc breed manager at the state fair for several years and enjoyed working with 4-H, where he was a lifelong member, and with FFA members to spark their interest in livestock.

His and Susan’s most recent venture was owning and operating Grand Grilling Catering plus being a vendor at Minnetrista’s Farmers’ Market for the past 16 years. Ron was well known for grilling and selling pork burgers at Minnetrista and Yorktown farmers’ markets. He had enjoyed participating in “100 Men Who Cook” for the last nine years.

He also served as supervisor on the board of the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was recognized with the 2016 John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award from the Ball Brothers Foundation. Ron was a board member of the Eastern Indiana Livestock Breeders and a member of Cowan Lions Club, Kiwanis, and much more.

Ron never met a stranger and always went out of his way to help everyone. He will be missed.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years; son Rok (Katie); grandchildren Threya and Roland of Georgia; sisters Roxi Poe, Becky Daugherty, and Rachel (Alan) Lovett; sister-in-law Julie (Dan) Hilbert; nephews Adam (Heather) Poe; Aaron Ashton, and David (Heather) Ashton; nieces Abby (Dylan) Deputy and Elizabeth Lovett; great-niece Gracie Crow; great-nephews Levi Ashton and Colton Ashton; aunt Sue Haney O’Dell; cousins Angela Haney, Jane (Jay) Winter, and Tom (Jaimi) Haney, plus many others throughout Delaware County; his Grand Grilling family; and many special, close friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; grandparents Floren and Ruth Orebaugh and Charles and Mildred Lang; uncle Harold Lang; and in-laws George and Carol Rowland.

Funeral services were held on March 16 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. Burial followed in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Assoc., 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or the 4-H Foundation, c/o The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, 201 E. Jackson Street, #100, Muncie, IN 47305.

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