Named after his two grandfathers, Philip Delph and Richard Ordway, Philip Richard Ordway was the oldest son of Lemuel and Elizabeth Ordway. He was born in Monroe Township, Henry County on 28 November, 1899.
On September 13, 1918, Philip completed his World War I draft registration. At the time, he was farming for or with his father. He described himself as of average height and build, with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was not called to serve in the military.
At the age of 24, Philip married Bonnie Glick, age 23.
The 1930 Federal Census shows Philip living on Henry Street in Malinta with his wife, Bonnie and daughter, Lois, 2 1/2. (Later, in 1937, another daughter, Phyllis, was born.) Phil's occupation is listed as Silo Manufacturing.
Sadly, in 1947, when the girls were young, their mother, Bonnie, died of influenza.
Later, Phil remarried to Freda M. Symons Mohler who died in 1989. Phil died in 1990. He celebrated his 90th birthday BIG with a hot air balloon ride.
My great-uncle Phil died on 25 June 1990.
Napoleon - Philip R. Ordway, 90, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Henry County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 28, 1899, in Malinta, the son of Lemuel and Elizabeth (Delph) Ordway. He married Bonnie Glick, who preceded him in death. In 1947, he married Freda Symons, who also preceded him in death. A retired employee of the Malinta Silo Co., he was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church and a 37 year member of Oddfellows Lodge 260. He was a Harrison Township trustee for 12 years and was a former trustee of Malinta United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Duane (Lois) Saul of Liberty Center, and Mrs. Thomas (Phyllis) Spieth, Napoleon; a sister, Mrs. Charles (Marie) Baker, Liberty Center; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Sharon United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger Reese officiating. Burial will follow in Hoy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Mortuary. Oddfellows Lodge will hold a memorial service Wednesday at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church."