Updated: Husband of Former Neb. Governor Kay Orr Dies at 78

Orr Family

The husband of Nebraska's only female former governor, Bill Orr, has died at the age of 78 in his Lincoln home on Sunday morning.

The public has been invited to attend the following events:

  • Visitation - Roper & Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O Street, Lincoln on Tuesday, May 7 from 2-8 p.m.
  • Funeral - Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner Street, Lincoln on Wednesday, May 8 from 3-4 p.m.
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the People's City Mission and Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center.

The retired Woodmen of the World executive is remembered for the way he embraced the role of first gentleman when his wife, Kay Orr, served as governor from 1987 to 1991.

Bill Orr even published a First Gentleman's Cookbook with his own recipes and contributions from Warren Buffett, Johnny Carson, Tom Osborne and actress Katharine Hepburn.

Orr's grandson Taylor Gage says his grandfather believed in conservative principles and taught him many practical things. Gage says Orr struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease before his death.

The Orrs were married for 55 years.