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Orrie K. Rew

Nov 13, 2013

Orrie K. Rew, 98 of Iowa City died at his home surrounded by his family Monday, November 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. (Sunday parking ordinance will be in effect for streets near the church) Graveside services will be held at 2pm Saturday at the Scott Township Cemetery near Winfield, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4 to 7pm Friday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in his memory to Iowa City Hospice or City High School Athletics c/o Iowa City Community Schools Foundation. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @

Orra, “Orrie” Rew of Iowa City, died at home on Monday, November 11, 2013. Orra K. Rew was born on November 5, 1915 in Lamoni, Iowa, the son of Claude and Daisy (Smith) Rew. He graduated from Lamoni High School in 1934 and Graceland College in 1937. After spending one year in FDR’s CCC Program, he graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) in 1939. He later completed his Master’s Degree at Colorado State in Greely, CO in 1950. (more in the obituary at

His teaching and coaching career took him to Iowa schools at Olds (‘39-41), Winthrop (41-42), Postville (45-47), Winfield (47-54 and 57-61), Crawfordsville (55-57), and Iowa City (61-80). He taught a variety of subjects including history, physical education and industrial arts. He coached nearly all sports, with his highlight seasons being his Winfield state tournament basketball teams of 1949 and 1950. Those teams finished 4th and 3rd respectively after beating much bigger teams from Des Moines East and Sioux City. The only break in his career was the one so many had to take during WWII. He served his country from 1942 until the war ended.

At Winfield, Orrie met the love of his life, in school secretary Norma Ross Swan. They were soon married on June 2, 1948 in Nashua, Iowa. In their early busy years, they were often seen together, kids and all, and after retirement they were seldom seen apart.

After his retirement at City High in 1980 Orrie continued to remain active, coaching Women’s Track at Cornell College, playing golf, working the scorers bench at nearly all City High Athletic events, working at Fairview Golf Course for 20 years, the last 10 years as clubhouse manager with Norma at his side. The only job he never really retired from was that of coaching or playing around with his grandchildren or great grandchildren.

Orrie will be greatly missed by his wife Norma; son, Dick (Lynn) Rew from a previous marriage, Austin, TX; daughter, Leora (Steve) Houghton, Iowa City; sons, Ken (Ginny) Rew, Terry (Sue) Rew, Rob (Tracy) Rew, all of Iowa City; Grandchildren, Richard (Kristi) Rew, Carina Rew, Cari (Bob) Everhart, Jeff (Michelle) Houghton, Jon (Annie) Houghton, Scott Houghton, Molly Rew, Brad (Bridgette) Rew, Chris, Jeremy, Corey, and Kaitlyn Rew, Matt, Sam, and Mike Rew; Great Grandchildren, Zoey Rew, Jesus and Rosalia Escalera Rew, Madeline Wehmeyer, Kylie, Nick, and Raelyn Houghton, Ella, Cole, and Oscar Everhart, and Elias Houghton.

Orrie was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

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