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Orrin Joseph Stransky

March 9, 1915 June 14, 2011
Orrin Joseph Stransky
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96 years of life Celebration will be held July 5, 3-8 p.m. at his Denver home, 1243 Poplar St., Denver, 80220. 303-322-0172.

Orrin was born in Denver in 1915 and passed away on June 14, 2011. He spent his younger years in Evergreen on the still active Stransky Ranch near Brook Forest. He attended Evergreen schools and then, along with his sisters, moved to a rental house in Denver in order to graduate from an accredited high school and be accepted into college. Orrin attended Grant Junior High, graduated from South High and attended University of Denver majoring in civil engineering. He met his wife, Phyllis Wergin, at DU and they were married in 1940.

Orrin worked in the oil fields in Tyler, Tex., and then went to work for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad surveying land for track through Colorado and Utah. He was differed from military service because of this work. During WWII, he worked designing retrofits for airplanes at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. He also owned and operated a Texaco station at Elm & Colfax in Denver. All this time, he returned to Evergreen on weekends to help with ranching and wrangling the familys horses at Troutdale.

For more that 30 years, Orrin worked for Stearns-Roger Manufacturing Company in Denver as a cost engineer and trouble shooter. This job took him and his family to power plants and mining projects all over the western United States, and Canada. He also started and ran the Stearns-Roger Credit Union and was most proud of this accomplishment.

When Orrin retired from Stearns-Roger, he and Phyllis (who died in 2004) began traveling in their trailer to Canada, Alaska, the eastern United States, the Pacific Northwest, Tucson Ariz. and the southwest in the winter.

As recently as a year ago, Orrin was farming with his son, Philip, northeast of Denver. He helped with planting, harrowing, disking, swathing and bailing hay and repairing any broken machinery.

Orrin remained in his Montclair home in Denver from 1941 until his death. His daughter, Linda Jo, came to live with him after her retirement in summer of 2010. Until a few days before his death, he ate Monday-Friday at Country Buffet and played dominos for several hours after dinner. He also enjoyed watching old westerns such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza and being at family gatherings.

Orrin is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis, and his sister, Lucille. He is survived by his son, Philip, and his wife, Linda; their sons, Josef ( daughter, Liliana), Jacob (wife, Angie, and their twins Brooklyn and Dylan), and Joshua (wife, Allison) by his daughter, Linda Jo and her sons, Jace and Nicolaas Verhoeven; by his sister, Louise (99 years young) and by his beloved Golden Retriever, Amy.

Orrin could build, fix and repair anything, and was continuously writing remembrances of his life to be added to his memory book. We, his family, are so grateful for all the years and experiences we have with him. We will truly miss you, Dad, Grandad, and Great-Grandad.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the O. J. Stransky Sawmill Restoration
Fund at any First Bank branch, or send it to 1243 Poplar St., Denver, CO 80220.
Orrin used his sawmill at the Stransky Ranch to cut logs and lumber for a cabin and several structures in downtown Evergreen, and for the remodeling of his Denver home. It was his wish to see this sawmill restored and displayed in Evergreen for future generations.

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