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Jack B. Orpin

May 22, 1927 — September 3, 2013


Jack Bernard Orpin, 86, went to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, during the early morning hours of Tuesday September 3, 2013. He peacefully passed away in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, James and Martha (Orpin) Pajl in Yankton, South Dakota while listening to beautiful Christian harp music.

Jack was born May 22, 1927 at home in Newton, KS to Charles Earnest and Alice (Farmer) Orpin. Jack grew up the son of a brick layer and learned the trade that became his profession. He was a 1946 Newton High School graduate. While growing up, he did chores on the family farm after school. He worked the ground using horses, then tractors. He met the love of his life Wilma Irene (Allen) while she was waitressing at the Walton Café.

Jack and Wilma were married on March 11, 1958 in Newton. They raised their family and lived 51 years of marriage together on Ash Street in Newton. Newton was Jack’s home up until the last 4 years when he moved to the Pajl home following Wilma’s passing. Jack’s gift of brick and stone masonry can be seen throughout Newton and surrounding small towns. He laid many beautiful fireplaces and mailboxes. Not only was Jack a wonderful earthly dad, but he taught his family the morals and values of our Heavenly Father. Talking about the Lord to people was a passion he had. He was a man of strong faith and values and was not afraid to let others know where he stood.

He enjoyed animals, gardening, and especially his grand and great grandchildren. Many a foot race and arm wrestling contest was done trying to beat dad and grandpa. Whether he was teaching daughters and grandchildren to drive a vehicle or a bike, he was actively involved in their lives. He always got a little sad to see them leave. But, he was not always a saint—letting us take a puff on his occasional cigar.

Survivors include three daughters, Martha (James) Pajl of Yankton, SD; Alice (Dale) Keazer of Osage City, KS and Elsie Waite of Newton, KS; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Walter) Wilson, Matthew (Rachel) Pajl, Joseph Pajl, Jacquelyn Pajl, Rebecca (Darrel-DJ) Manning, Brandon (Lindsay) Keazer, Heather Keazer, Kelly Keazer, and Amber, Cheyenne and Shelby Waite; great grandchildren, Decklyn, Preston and Taelyn Manning, Destiny and Tristan Waite; brother, Edwin Charles Orpin of Broken Arrow, OK; sisters, Margaret Ann Orpin and Marian Ruth (Eldon) Akers both of Newton, KS; sister-in-law, Anna Mae (Robert) Orpin of Overland Park, KS and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Jack in death were his wife, Wilma, parents, Charles and Alice, brothers: Robert, David, and Clarence.

Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton is in charge of local arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 pm Friday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton, with family greeting visitors from 6 to 9 pm.

Funeral services will be at 11 am Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Terry Tareila presiding.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
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