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In Memory Of Orville Melvin Saxby
Orville Melvin Saxby
Orville Melvin Saxby
Born: October 27, 1930
Died: June 20, 2017
Age: 86
Orville Melvin Saxby
October 27, 1930 - June 20, 2017
Orville 'Sax' Melvin Saxby the son of Melvin and Rose (Piehl) Saxby was born on October 27, 1930, in Peterson, IA. His childhood years were spent in Peterson where he attended school and graduated from Peterson High School. After school Sax worked for Fastenow Plumbing.

On January 27, 1952 Orville was united in marriage to Lila Grauer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. In February he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany. In January of 1954 Orville received his honorable discharge from the Army and moved to Cherokee.

Orville worked for Standard Oil in Cherokee until 1989. He then worked at the Cherokee School District in the maintenance department until his retirement in 1992.

Orville was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. He was a Boy Scout leader since 1962 and in March received the Legend Scouting Award commemorating 50 years of work with the Boy Scouts. One of his proudest moments was watching his son Michael achieve his Eagle Scout Award. He loved working with the scouts and lived by the quote 'It's better to build boys than to mend men.'

Orville was a lifetime member of the LA Wescott Post 2253 in Cherokee. He was a supporter of the Cherokee Synphany, enjoyed delivering mobile meals, and helped with the Oak Hill Cemetery directory. Orville was also a member of Little Sioux Wildlife, and was a well known handyman that could fix anything. He loved to help anyone that he could and that was evident in 2013 when he and his wife Lila were the recipients of the Cherokee Citizens of The Year Award. Most of all Orville loved spending time with his family and friends.

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Orville passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Rose Saxby; sisters Velma Robinson, Ida Krumm, and Vera Saxby; brothers-in-law, Russell Robinson, Charles Stoner, Dale Grauer, Orville Krumm, and Robert Grauer; and sister-in-law, Carole Grauer.

He is survived by his wife, Lila Saxby of Cherokee, IA; his son, Michael (Mary) Saxby of Olathe, KS; grandson, Mark Saxby of Denver, CO; granddaughter, Micah Saxby of Olathe, KS; and his in-laws, Evelyn Stoner, Darlene (Don) Radke, Wilma Grauer, Shirley (LeRoy) Larsen, Sherald Grauer, Mary Ann (William) Rasmus, and Marjorie (Joe) Veale; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
So very sorry for your loss, he was a very kind man!
Mary E Erickson
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Mike, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. Take care.
Jeff & Susan Fischels
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Lila I was so sorry to see that Orville passed. Hugs to you and your family.
Laurie A Niemeier
Friday, June 23, 2017
Lila, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family
James N. Mackowski
Friday, June 23, 2017
We are all so sorry to hear of the passing of Unkie. He will always be remembered as my favorite Uncle. He was the kindest
man and will be remembered for a long time.
Susan (Krumm) Depew and Michael Depew along with Bill Krumm
Friday, June 23, 2017
Lila and family: So sorry to hear of Orville's passing. He will be missed by so many. Twyla Ritter
Twyla M. Ritter
Friday, June 23, 2017
Mike, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.
Jeff & Susan Fischels
Friday, June 23, 2017
John, Joe & I are sadden to hear of your loss. John & I were in Troop 107 for a few years and enjoyed working with Orville. You and your family are in ours thoughts and prayers.
Vivian R Schleef
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sax was one of my favorite people from Cherokee. I love you Lila. You are all in my prayers. As they say, Heaven has received another angle, because that is what he was, an angle. Love you all Hattie Marie, Jared, and Heather.
Hattie M Mackowski
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Mike and Mary, my deepest sympathy to you and to your family....
Dan Keane
Thursday, June 22, 2017
So very sorry to hear of your 2 were a grand couple.
Glenda Schleef
Thursday, June 22, 2017
To Lila, Mike, Mary, Mark, Micah and all of the Saxby family. My deepest condolences for your loss. Sax was quite a man, he will be very missed. You are all on my mind and in my prayers. Rest in peace, Mr. Saxby.
Maureen McDonnell
Thursday, June 22, 2017
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sax. We enjoyed laughing and sharing stories with him when he came to visit his son Mike in Kansas. He was like a father to us and a grandfather to our children. He will be deeply missed. Our prayers go out to Lila and the entire family. May God grant him eternal rest.
Tanya and Patrick Murray
Thursday, June 22, 2017
So sorry to hear about Orville's passing, Lila. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Deb (Perrett) Christofferson
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Rest in Peace, Orville!
Ron and Jan Witcombe
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Lila, Mike & family
Sorry to read that Orville passed away. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Diane Raveling Barnes
Diane Barnes
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
May the good Lord wrap his arms around and comfort you in this time of sorrow.I will Orville.
Mary M Hasbrouck
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
So sorry to hear, Lila and Mike and family. Orville was a great man and contributed a lot to Boy Scout Troop 107 and the men he helped to raise. Have many, many fond memories together and will always be grateful for the unwavering dedication to that cause.
Randy Woltman
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Lila,Mike and family we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Orville was such a great guy and did so much for his family and community. The Scouts will surely miss him as will you all. Hugs and prayers to you all. Lila he will be up there with Maralyn and Dick and Junior what a great welcoming from the heavens he will get. Orville was so much fun to be around.Im glad I got to know him and was considered a friend of his.
Diana l Driggs
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
So sorry to see that Orville has passed away. He was such a nice man. Our prayers go out to all of you.
So sorry to see that Orville has passed away. Just know my prayers are with you.
Judy Schoon
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mike, My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Always remember the good times with your Dad. They will be with you forever.
Jeffrey Stoll
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Lila, Mike & Family, So sorry to hear about Orville. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kevin & Twyla Schmillen
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Jonathan Riggert
Mike Taylor
Denny Taylor
Paul Taylor
Doug Gochenor
Barry Nelson

Honorary Bearers
Conley Anderson
Kenny Bern
Dwight and Bonnie Varce
V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253
Cherokee Family Practice
Boy Scout Troop 107
All nieces and nephews
All brothers-in-law
Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
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Soloist- Andrea Orthmann
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