Orville Kenneth Rutschman was born May 12, 1929, at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newtion to Harry and Emma Neufeld Rutschman. He grew up on a small farm near Hesston and went to Hesston Grade School then graduated from Hesston Academy in 1947. He attended one year at Hesston College and one year at Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska.
As a teenager, Orville was baptized and joined teh Garden Community Church where he remained a member for the rest of his life. He sang in a men’s ensemble and a quartet with Ed Dalke, Marvin Stucky and Gene Everson.
Orville played on the Hesston City baseball team, the Hayseeds, in the 1950s. He played mostly in left field and a teammate said he was an excellent defensive player - He never dropped the ball.
From 1951-1953, Orville was a medic in the U.S. Army in Korea. Returning home, he worked a year on a turkey farm and then five years for the Santa Fe Railroad. He returned to the Army and was a medic in Germany from 1961-1964. In 1965, he began working for Hesston Corporation in the maintenance department where he worked until his retirement. He also farmed the quarter section of land adjoining his family home.
In 1970, on Aug. 11, Orville married Naomi Unruh. They celebrated 45 years of meaningful marriage in 2015. At a marriage encounter, he wrote “What I like about us is that we have each other, so neither of us must live alone.” They deeply respected each other and worked side-by-side harmoniously.
Orville enjoyed wearing bib overalls. They were comfortable and allowed him to carry his pliers, pocket knife, nail clippers and hammer, which he used frequently. Hands could be slipped under the straps and then could rest on the bib while visiting.
Orville was a great steward of the land. He enjoyed tilling the soil, planting and harvesting crops: wheat, milo, oats, alfalfa and brome.
Meticulously, he tried to keep his yard and pasture free of dandelions, weeds and brush. It was not unusual to see him in the fields, pulling weeds that were not cultivated by the machine.
He built and maintained tight pasture fences, always rolling under a fence so not to loosen the wire and expected others to do the same. He worked patiently wiht his cows and enjoyed the barn cats, allowing only one house cat. He liked having guineas, the chickens supplied country eggs, but he did not appreciate the chickens scratching up the yard.
He worked many years haying with Wilber Prouty and Jim Dunn. Orville spent hours reading and read a wide variety of subjects. He deeply enjoyed a simple life - stars, planets, night skies, sunrise, sunset, changing seasons, the sound of the windmill pumping water and driving his VW Bug. He took time to help others in a time of need.
Orville, 86, died Jan. 26, 2016 at Schowalter Villa. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephews Scott, Alan (and wife Bev) and great-nephew Cory.
Surviving family members include his wife, Naomi; siblings Marjorie Rtschman of Omaha, Nebraska, Wayne of Moundridge, Evlyn of Hesston; niece Valancy (Steve) Harlow; nephew Kent (Sherry) Jantz; great-niece Kaitlyn; great-nephews Kyle and Chris and mother family members and friends.
Orville donated his body to KU Medical Center for medical education and research. A memorial service was held at Garden Community Church on Saturday, Jan. 30