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Algernon Sidney "Sidney" Orendoff, III
Birth: Nov. 8, 1929
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: May 14, 1985
Skagit County
Washington, USA

NAME: Born as Algernon Sidney Orndoff (III according to himself, his mother, sister and daughter). Name automatically also as 'Allen Jernon' Sidney. He went by Sidney to differentiate between his father Algernon Jr. 'Allen'. Many times mistranslated as 'Algermon'. While in the army and in order to receive military pay, he had to change the spelling of his last name from Orndoff to Orendoff. (Sister purchased first headstone with her last name of 'Orndorff')

PARENTS: Algernon ('Allen Jernon' Sidney) Orndoff Jr. and Minnie Myrtle Seay.

MARRIAGE #1: Lois Marie Roberts
MARRIAGE DATE: September 19, 1952 / Tacoma, Pierce, Washington
CHILDREN: Linda Darlene

MARRIAGE #2: Dorothy Clara (Strutz) Underwood
MARRIAGE DATE: October 01, 1966 / North Bend, King County, Washington


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DATE: Sept. 15, 1952
FULL NAME: Algernon Sidney Orendoff
FULL NAME: Lois Marie Roberts
BIRTHPLACE: Tacoma, Wash
(With guardians consent - Mrs Ethel Roberts)
(Transcription of Affidavits - Marriage Certificate #114188, Pierce County, Washington: Algernon Sidney Orndoff and Lois Marie Roberts, dated 19th day of September, 1952)

Record Series: Marriage Records
Collection: King County Marriage Records, 1855-Present
County: King
Reference Number: kingcoarchmc298119
Groom's Name: Sidney A Orendoff
Bride's Name: Dorothy Underwood
Marriage Date: 10-01-1966
(Source: Washington State Digital Archives, Marriage Record)

Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Department of Health, Death Index, 1907-1960; 1965-2014
County: Statewide
Reference Number: E0CDC01A-285E-D347-91A3-399789FA97B9
Person-Last-Name: ORENDOFF
Person-First-Name: SIDNEY
Person-Mi: A
Death County: Skagit County
Sex: M
Residence County: Stevens County
Death-Date: 5/14/1985
Age-Primary: 55

Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Social Security Death Index - Washington
County: Statewide
Last Residence Zipcode: 99344
Birth Date: 11/08/1929
Last Contact Location: OTHELLO, WA
First Name: SIDNEY
Death Date: 05/00/1985

(Source: Washington State Digital Archives, Death Records)



Algernon ‘Sidney’ Orndoff, III was born to Algernon Sidney, Jr. (‘Allen Jernon' Sidney Orndoff, Jr.) and Minnie (Seay) Orndorff, November 08, 1929 in Miami, Ottawa County in Oklahoma. Leaving Kansas in 1932 during the Dust Bowl Days and Great Depression when he was three years old, he came with his parents, grandmother "Unie" Farner Orndoff-Mills-Corbin, aunts and uncles (Jim, Jess, Rosie Mills), moving to Washington State, where they lived in the Wenatchee, Omak and Tonasket area’s. His mother Minnie often took Sidney and his sister Sylvia back home to Oklahoma to her family for long extended visits, even going to school while there.

Sidney was always the family 'favorite'. Even to day, many family members will relate how 'he was their favorite cousin or favorite nephew' and so well-liked. He was especially close to his cousins Roy Seay, A.L. Orndoff, and Marge Buhrman. He was raised in close proximity to his uncle Jess and aunt Rosie (Mills) Roper, who doted on him. Even his Aunt Glenna Orndoff Buhrman Powers told me he always held a special place in her heart!

To describe Sidney, one would say he was a hard worker, honest and dependable, a quick learner, and a sharp shooter with his pistols - even as a child! When he was going to school in Omak, he was entrusted to take the monies and walk to the bank with it. He was always a gentleman. Girls loved him, and the boys respected him. It is said by family, even as a child he never did anything wrong! And Sidney had learned from his grandparents the old-fashioned art of story-telling.

Sidney enlisted into the US Army during WWII 1946-1949, and served in the Japan Occupation. Stationed in Yamaguchi, Japan Military Base, he received ‘the Star of the Rising Sun’ medal from the Japanese government for saving the life of a Japanese General. He had to have special permission from the U.S. to receive this award. While oversea's, he met and fell in love with Julie, a Japanese woman from the U.S. working for the U.S. Embassy as an interpreter. They planned to be married, but when it came time to come back home, she was not allowed to return to the U.S. as her family was of Japanese decent (this was during the time when roughly 120,000 U.S. citizens were forced from their home without due process and locked up for years following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, one of roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans that were interned in special concentration camps in the West). Sidney had to return home alone, and he never saw Julie again.

After being honorably discharged from the Army and released in California, Sidney came back up to Washington state and was staying with his father, working at Grand Coulee Dam. They were working on a car together, with little 3 year old 'Tommy' Judd following Sidney everywhere. When Sidney went into the house, he turned to Tommy who was following him, but Tommy was not there. An all day search ensued until someone discovered indented grass that covered an open cesspool, and Tommy in it.

A week later after burying Tommy, Sidney and his father Allen, both working for the Bureau of Reclamation project at the Dam, was leaving work. As Allen was going through the gate, he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed. Sidney, also leaving work, went to assist the bystanders with resuscitation, only to discover it was his own father. Allen was 42 years old.

Sidney spent a lot of time with his grandparents, Unie and Frank Corbin. The integrity, values and lifestyle that was passed on from his father, as well as from Unie and Frank impacted his life greatly. Sidney often talked about Unie and Frank who he greatly respected and admired. Grandfather Frank Corbin also taught Sidney how to track animals for hunting.

Sidney went to Northwest Bible College to become a minister. He received his degree, but never practiced in the ministry. It was shortly after this, Sidney met and married Lois Marie Roberts September 19, 1952 in Tacoma, Washington. They had one daughter, Linda.

Sidney was always a hard worker and trusted wherever he went, often in charge of disbursing the payroll. He worked whatever work he could find in order to provide for his family. A jack-of-all-trades, his jobs included a bus driver for Tacoma Transit, logging, crane operator, carpentry, working on the various state dams, even moving to Chicago in the winter for a short time with his family in order to find work! After their divorce, Sidney went to Alaska and worked on the Alaskan Oil Pipeline.

While working as a foreman on the Visitor Platform overlooking Snoqualmie Falls, Sidney fell in love for a third time. Sidney married a second time to Dorothy Clara Strutz Underwood October 01, 1966, living in Snoqualmie Washington, raising a step-daughter and step-son. Moving back into the Okanogan area, Sidney worked on Grand Coulee Dam, 3rd Power House, for many years. He also worked on Chief Joseph Dam and the Colville Tribal Cultural Center. Sidney was active on the Sheriff’s posse and fire department.

Sidney had a sheep ranch in Riverside, WA in Tunk Valley before moving to Orient, WA seven miles from the Canadian Border where he built their house. After work, he would then work on his ranch. All his life, almost every evening he enjoyed going for an evening drive, looking at the wildlife. 'Here's a logging road - let's take it and see where it goes!' He definitely had a sense of adventure!

Sidney had a hard life: as a child, suffered rheumatic fever, screaming in excruciating pain if anything touched his skin and the doctor told his mother to 'prepare for his death'; an automobile accident in Brewster, WA almost took his life when he was only 20, requiring pins in the head, broken collarbone and ribs, pelvis and legs. Another time while working out of town, he laid in his motel room for three days before he was found unconscious, suffering a stroke in which he had to re-learn how to talk before he was 30 years old. Sidney believed a person needed to have a sense of humor in order to survive life's ordeals.

Sidney loved his grandchildren and would do anything for them, which he exhibited when his youngest granddaughter was bitten by his dog. Even though he recently had open heart surgery and was not allowed to lift anything, he insisted on carrying her into the house after she received stitches on her mouth. Sidney always enjoyed their 1-2 week stays with him and Dorothy during the summer months!

Shortly before his death, they moved to Othello, WA to be near his daughter Linda, son-in-law Jerry and three grandchildren. He was 55 years old at the time of his death.

He leaves behind his wife Dorothy, one sister Sylvia; one daughter Linda (Jerry), three grandchildren Penny, Gary and Cecilia; and one niece Priscilla. A wonderful husband, father and grandfather who is greatly missed.

[Written by Sidney's daughter, Linda Orendoff Voss, who is the last of this Orendoff name!)

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(SOURCE: Tonasket Cemetery Records; owner of the family plot as well as purchaser of headstone. Eyewitness of burial.)
Family links: 
  Algernon Sidney Orndoff (1906 - 1950)
  Minnie Myrtle Seay Orndorff (1903 - 1979)
  Dorothy Clara Strutz Orendoff (1920 - 2006)
  Lois Marie Roberts Manera (1935 - 2009)*
  Linda Darlene Orendoff Voss (1954 - ____)*
  Algernon Sidney Orendoff (1929 - 1985)
  Sylvia Alice Orndorff Prochaska (1934 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Loving Son, Brother, Dad, Uncle
Note: Ashes scattered on parents gravesite
Tonasket Cemetery
Okanogan County
Washington, USA
Plot: Plot 11, Lot 1, Block 2
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Originally Created by: Angelion
Record added: Apr 14, 2012
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 Added: Dec. 25, 2016
We will always miss our Thanksgiving dinners and time spent together every year as a family! Happy Thanksgiving! 'Time to Butcher!'
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 Added: Nov. 23, 2016
Dad, thank you for your service to this country. You would never discuss your time in the ARMY, but you were so proud that you did! Love you! Happy Veterans Day!
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