Leader In County Affairs Dies at Age of 82 Years
Rogersville - Judson H. Orndoff, 82, school, community, church and agricultural leader in western Greene County for well over a half century, died at 12 noon Thursday, August 27, 1959, in his farm home near Oak Forest, after a lingering illness.
His career of community service included a span of 40 years as a school director in Center Township and later in the consolidated West Greene District.
Mr. Orndoff had the distinction of being one of the five men elected to the first county school board ever in existence in Pennsylvania when he was chosen to the original Greene County School Board in July, 1940. He served as treasurer during most of his 18-year tenure as a Greene County school director.
His 40 years as a school director included continuous service from 1913 to 1931 and from 1935 to 1954 on the now dissolved Center Township School Board.
From 1954 to 1957, Mr. Orndoff served on the newly merged West Greene School District Board, devoting much of his time, energy, enthusiasm and experience to the consolidation of that school system and toward the initial phases of planning and constructing the new junior-senior high school, which will open for the first time next month.
Mr. Orndoff was born April 1, 1877, in the same homw in which he resided all of his life. He was a son of William Orndoff and Mary Scott Orndoff and was the third generation to reside and raise large flocks of fine wool sheep on the Orndoff family farm in Center Township.
Up until a short time ago, he took considerable pride in the fact that he could skillfully and with relatively little effort shear his wool clip with hand clippers. He developed the art of hand shearing from boyhood and at one time clipped a total of 380 animals, which produced a clip totalling 4,865 pounds.
Mr. Orndoff was a member of the Pursley Baptist Church and he served as church treasurer for a number of years.
He was twice maried. October 4, 1905, he married Mary Ely Orndoff, who died December 29, 1937.
May 15, 1942, he married Hester Fordyce Orndoff, who survives.
Surviving, besides his wife, are one daughter, Helene, wife of William Thomas Haley, of Graysville; one son, Fred Orndoff, of Graysville; one stepson, Dorsey Phillips, of Waynesburg, R. D. 5; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ada Clovis, of Ramsey, N. J., and one brother, Dr. Hersey E. Orndoff, of Glen Riddle.
One daughter, Mary Josephine, is deceased, as are two brothers and one sister.
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