Thomas (Robert Dale Englis) Joseph Orr

Thomas (Robert Dale Englis) Joseph Orr

East Saint Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
Death 12 Feb 2011 (aged 65)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 88109861 · View Source
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Born as Robert Dale Englis to William Holton Englis & Pauline Hazel Smith. DFS removed from Pauline Hazel Smiths care in 1947.

Adopted by George Orr & Dorothy Berning. and

Formerly homeless man remembered as a voice for the homeless Posted on: February 26th, 2011 by Post-Bulletin By Christina Killion Valdez Ignored by the world around him during his 11 years spent as a homeless drifter, Thomas Orr of Rochester had become, in his own words, a "phantom," living in a "private, isolated hell." He'd become so distanced from his former life that after he died Feb. 12 at age 65, none of Orr's family members could be located. He received a county burial Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery. The graveside service was conducted by the Rev. Dave Berge from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where Orr was a member and frequent speaker. Orr is remembered, not as the phantom that he considered himself, but as someone who shed light on the plight of the homeless and mentally ill. In spite of suffering from a list of mental illnesses, including social anxiety disorder, Orr, who lived in Rochester for the last 10 years of his life, candidly and courageously told his story at schools, churches and organizations. "Thomas thought himself a shadow in the world, a phantom," said Gaylia Borror, a professor at Winona State University in Rochester, who had Orr speak to more than 1,000 of her graduate-level counseling students. "In fact he was a beacon of light for to people who were homeless, who are homeless and people with mental illness. But he's also been an educator in informing my students about homelessness and mental illness."

1965-1969 married Sherri Jean Lindow.He fathered two children with Sherri Lindow.
1967- 1971 US Army.
1974-1979 married Carole Earle.
1984 - First Heart Attack
1985- Second Heart Attack
1986 - Blood Clot left calf
1987- Met youngest Birth sister.
1988-1989 -married Inez Teague.
1989- Met both birth siblings.

Tom enjoyed many hobbies including golf, coin collecting, tennis, and boxing. He visited 42 States and 3 countries including British Columbia, Mexico, and USA.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas (Robert Dale Englis) Joseph Orr (17 Jul 1945–12 Feb 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 88109861, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Erin Malone (contributor 46937640) .