Edmond Ray Van Orden, 98, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on June 30, 2016. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 12, 1918, the only child of Edmond Merrill Van Orden (Nov. 29, 1888-May 1, 1963) and Ada Marie Sanders Van Orden (October 12, 1892 - September 2, 1988). He attended North Cache High School and Utah State Agricultural College and was employed by Ogden Arsenal in 1941 as an Ordnance Design Engineer.
He served two years in the 25th Division Signal Corps. In the South Pacific and Japan, then returned to the States to be Assistant Western Area Representative for Field Director or Ammunition Plants at Joliet Arsenal. He joined the Army Ballistics Missile Agency in 1957 as a Supervisory Electronics Engineer and later transferred to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration when it was formed in 1960 as a Deputy Chief in Electrical Systems Design.
He participated on many investigating and negotiating committees leading to the development of the Redstone, Saturn, Viking, and Voyager vehicles. He retired after 33 years of government service in 1973 to pursue many hobbies such as astronomy, metal and wood working, photography, and electronics and consulted for the Johnson Environmental Laboratories at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The work involved electrical systems design to evaluate electric cars, solar power, and synthetic fuels. He was an active in professional societies and served in various positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Alabama stake, including Sunday school and Elders quorum.
On October 1, 1940, he married Adean Biggs Hampton by his Uncle Bishop Merlin T. Van Orden. On June 11, 1968, they were married and their children sealed to them in the Logan Temple. Three children were born: Nancy, Kathy, and Mark Ray. He traveled to world and enjoyed playing and listening to music.
In his latter years, he lived with his family in Orlando, FL where he enjoyed frequent trips to the ocean. His favorite pastime was spending time on his porch with his "little feller" Teddy, while sipping on a chocolate milkshake.
Edmond Ray is survived by: daughter Nancy V. Tickle; Granddaughter and husband Kathryn and Robert Fox and their children Christopher and Steven; Granddaughter Claudia Tickle and her children Jordan and Alex Bresach; Granddaughter Jennifer Tickle and her children Kaitlyn, Sarah, and Joseph Dooley; Granddaughter Leslie Ewy and children; Grandson Kevin Roberts; and Granddaughter Alison Roberts.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 2:00PM-4:00PM, with funeral service to take place at 2:00PM @ Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, Florida. 407 898 2561.