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 Algernon Sidney “Sid” Orendoff, III

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Algernon Sidney “Sid” Orendoff, III

  • Birth 8 Nov 1929 Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 14 May 1985 Burlington, Skagit County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Tonasket, Okanogan County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Plot 11, Lot 1, Block 2
  • Memorial ID 88514910

NAME (AKA): 'Allen Jernon' Sidney; mistranslated as Sidney 'Algermon' - he went by Sidney to differentiate between his father. Born last name of Orndoff, also used Orndorff - 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.

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 would say he always held a special place in her heart!

To describe Sidney, one would say he was a hard worker, honest and dependable, respected for his integrity, a quick learner, and a sharp shooter with his pistols - even as a child! 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!

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 descent (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 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 US 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. Sidney had learned from his grandparents the old-fashioned art of story-telling. 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 local 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 with the doctor telling his mother to 'prepare for his death'; an automobile accident in Brewster, WA which 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-long 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.

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!)


OBITUARY #1: Sidney A Orendoff
Sidney A Orendoff, 55, Othello, died Tuesday in Burlington, Wash.

He was born in Miami, Okla., and moved to Omak when he was four years old. He later moved to Orient, Wash., and lived there until moving to Othello in December 1984.

He was a construction carpenter; a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Orient; and served in the Seventh Calvary in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy; daughter Linda Voss, Othello; and three grandchildren. He also leaves one sister, Sylvia Prochaska, Kennewick and one niece Priscilla Pringle, Kennewick.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Assembly of God Church in Othello with Pastor Roy Plant officiating and Pastor Kruger assisting.

OBITUARY #2: Sidney Orendoff
Sidney Algernon Orendoff, 55, of Othello died May 14 in Burlington, Wash.

Born Nov., 11, 1929 in Miami, Okla., he lived the past nine years in Orient, Wash., and recently moved to Othello, Wash.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, Mt. Vernon; daughter Linda Voss of Othello; three grandchildren; one sister, Sylvia Prochaska of Kennewick; and one niece Priscilla Orndorff Pringle also of Kennewick.

Memorial services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Othello Assembly of God Church with burial in Tonasket, Wash.

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* TWO HEADSTONES: one 'Sidney Orndorff' and one Algernon 'Sidney' Orendoff, III, military recognition

* Parents Minnie and Allen Orndorff
* Grandparents cenotaph, Unie (Farner) Orndoff and Frank Corbin
* Sister Sylvia Orndorff Prochaska / niece Priscilla Prochaska Pringle
* First wife, Lois Manera (with husband Joseph Manera) and her parents, Ethel and Mahlon Beeghly
* Daughter Linda Orendoff Voss and son-in-law Gerald 'Jerry' Voss
* Tommy Judd

(NOTE: This is my father)

Family Members



Loving Son, Brother, Dad, Uncle

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