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Mr. Fay T. Orvis, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in the emergency room of Spectrum Health-United Memorial, Greenville. The son of Wilbur & Ethel (Cook) Orvis, he was born on Dec. 10, 1919 in Marion.

A veteran of World War II, Fay served with the U.S. Navy as a Gunners Mate Third Class aboard the mine sweeper YMS 293 in the Asiatic Pacific theater and aided in the liberation of the Philippine Islands.

On Sept. 17, 1949, in Greenville, he married Donna Jean Green and together they raised four children and enjoyed almost 61 years of marriage. For nearly ten years Fay worked at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company until hiring on a R.J. Tower Corporation where he retired as a crane operator.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd Orvis; and two sisters, Lela Keller and Faith Gettings (his twin).

Surviving are his wife, Donna J. Orvis of Greenville; their children, William Lee & Donna Lynn Orvis of Benton Harbor, Beverly Baldwin of Greenville, Sharon Orvis of Stanton, and John Orvis of Orleans; seven grandchildren, Sarah & James Rushing, Jim Hunt & Kylee Buskirk, Lisa Hunt, LeNae Orvis, and Zachery Orvis, Kellie Craig, and the Rev. Father Patrick Craig; four great grandchildren, Gabrielle Craig, Grace Craig, Hailee Jewell, and Owen Jewell; a brother-in-law, Melvin Green of Belding; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. Byron Davey will officiate, and burial, with military honors rendered by the U.S. Navy, will follow at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Fay to the Childrens Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation ( To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Fays online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on August 17, 2010 at 12:00 am


    08/19/2010 –

    Brenda Thompson

    Sending our deepest sympathy and much prayer to the family.
    Mary Rich Brenda & Jim Thompson family

    08/19/2010 –

    Cyndi (Harper) Deiters

    I do not remember Uncle (Great) Fay. My father was Donald Ray Harper. His mother was Lela Orvis (Keller). In the past several months Bill Simmons has been putting together my family history on Dad’s side. He had the pleasure of visiting with Uncle Fay and Uncle Fay was kind enough to give us a copy of a family photo from 1915. This photo means so much to me. I had just asked Bill for Fay’s phone number last week, so I could call him and thank him for the photo. This photo has my Grandma when she was a little girl, her mother, and both of her grandmothers. I am surely blessed by Fay’s generosity and thoughtfulness. I send my love and my prayers to all of you. In His Glorious Name, Cyndi (Cindy) Harper-Deiters

    08/19/2010 –

    Mary Rausch

    Sharon and family, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies. You will remain in my thoughts and heart. Love you, Mary

    08/18/2010 –

    Karol Stanisz

    We extend our sympathy to Fay’s family and especially to our good friends, Bill and Donna.
    So sorry for your loss…
    Karol and Ken Stanisz

    08/18/2010 –


    Aunt Donna and family, sorry to hear about Uncle Fay. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God will look over all of you. Let us know if we can be of any help. Randy,Robin,Sarah,and Trevor.

    08/17/2010 –

    Dorothy Fox

    Donna and family—So very sorry to hear of Fay’s passing.
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with all of you at this time.

    Tammy Hill

    Donna and Family, Me and the kids are so sorry to hear about Fay’s passing, My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Lou Ann Miller

    Aunt Donna and Family, so sorry to hear about Uncle Fay. I’m thinking of you and know that the Good Lord will wrap his arms around you and give you strength to get through this. Let me know if I can help. God Bless, Lou Ann

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