October 25, 2014

Bill Orr, husband of Gov. Kay Orr, dies at the age of 78

Bill Orr, the husband of former Gov. Kay Orr, has died.

The Orr family confirmed that Orr died very early Sunday morning. He had battled Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Kay Orr served as Nebraska Governor from January of 1987 to January of 1991. She won election as the 36th governor of the state and is the only woman to serve as governor of Nebraska.

Kay and Bill Orr married in 1957 and had two children, Suzanne and John William.

Sen. Mike Johanns issued a written statement.

“Bill was a successful businessman whose love for Nebraska was only eclipsed by his love for his family,” Johanns said in the written statement released by his office. “He and Kay were a team until the end, and I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Stephanie’s and my thoughts and prayers are with Kay and her family during this difficult time.”

The office of Sen. Deb Fischer also released a written statement.

“Working beside Kay Orr, Nebraska’s only woman governor, was a steady partner and great man: Bill Orr. Bill was above all a gracious gentleman steeped in faith; he was a loving father and a loyal friend to those of us privileged to know him. Bruce and I extend to Kay and the entire Orr family our prayers and deepest condolences as we mark Bill’s passing.”

Bill Orr was 78.