Gary Orwig

Gary Orwig

Friday, January 15th, 1937 - Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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Gary Orwig, 83, of Clearfield died on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Penn Highlands DuBois.

He was born on January 15, 1937 in Aaronsburg, a son of the late Cyrus and Phyllis (Sweeney) Orwig.

He was a graduate of Lock Haven State University of PA in 1964 where he was an NCAA Soccer All American and NAIA Baseball All American. He was then employed as a teacher with the Curwensville Area School District for 35 years, retiring in 1997. While teaching, he coached basketball, baseball and football. He holds life memberships with the Pennsylvania School Educators Association and the National Educators Association.

He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield.

Orwig served with the U. S. Navy.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa B. Orwig of New Orleans, LA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Jayne (Ramish) Orwig on April 9, 2010 and whom he wed December 19, 1958. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ivan Orwig.

A "drive-through" visitation will be held on Tuesday May 26, 2020 from 1-2 PM at the Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield. Visitors are asked to stay in their vehicles and drive by the chapel to pay their respects and give condolences to the family.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service can be viewed on Facebook Live at at 2:30 PM.

Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory, Clearfield is in charge of arrangements.

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    Calvary Cemetery
    Park Avenue Extension
    Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830
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Cindy Louise McDonald

Posted at 06:52pm
So very sorry to hear this. None of us can live forever but Mr. Orwig or Coach touched so many lives here in Curwensville he will be remembered for along time. R.I.P.

Jennifer Brown

Posted at 03:24pm
Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was so dear to me in my heart and I will always hold a special candle for him. He has checked on me from the day I moved to the neighborhood. I will greatly miss him driving by and stopping for hello's. We always kept any eye on him too. He will be greatly missed here. Let us know if you need anything I am just down the street. God Bless & deepest sympathy, Mark & Jennifer Teklinski Brown

Robin Butler

Posted at 11:37am
I have the best thoughts and memories when I think of Coach Orwig! He was a positive influence on so many of us as kids, and that continued into adulthood. He didn’t forget our names, and always took time to speak or have a conversation. Mr. Orwig made an impact on so many lives. I’ll always have a special place in my heart with fond memories of this man. He really did make a difference!

John Eshelman

Posted at 11:28am
I played basketball for Coach Orwig and man was he tough. Like has been said earlier his big booming voice would bark out gentle encouragements after missing a layup. "You can't stand prosperity. Can't stand prosperity" Gentle manner in treating basketball wounds as well. After telling Coach of a blister on the bottom of my foot once, he said "Let me see that". He proceeded to grab it and rip it from my foot, exposing raw skin. "Get that sock back on, and run some lines" then ordered. He made me tougher, better and remained an influence for the rest of my life. Rest in Peace Coach, Rest in Peace.

Bob Fitzmaurice

Posted at 07:44am
Lisa, please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary was a good neighbor and a good friend. Joanne and Bob Fitzmaurice.

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