'First gentleman' Bill Orr known for service, quick wit

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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:00 am

Friends recalled Bill Orr's passion for serving others and his self-effacing humor in the hours following his death Sunday from respiratory disease at age 78.

Orr, who was married to former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr for 55 years, was an insurance executive who became famous for being the state's “first gentleman” from 1987 to 1991. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son John Orr, daughter Suzanne Gage of Lincoln and seven grandchildren.

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