IN MEMORY

Melvin Oringderff -Drafting Department Chairman

Melvin Leo Oringderff  - September 15th 1924 / June 23, 2012

Melvin Leo Oringderff, 87, of Cypress Texas, went to heaven on Saturday, June 23, 2012, after complications with Multiple Myeloma. Leo was born on September 15th 1924 in Honey Grove, Texas, to parents Charles Henry Oringderff and Sarah Olive Stroman; one of eight siblings. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Colley, who provided him two daughters. He was survived by his wife of thirty seven years, Margaret Blackburn, his two daughters, two of his brothers, a sister, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a Christian, teacher, woodworker, author, artist and served in the US Army. Funeral arrangements are through Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors.

Melvin Leo Oringderff, 87, of Cypress Texas, has finally completed his earthly education and was graduated to heaven on Saturday, June 23, 2012, after complications with Multiple Myeloma.

Leo was born on September 15th 1924 in Honey Grove, Texas, to parents Charles Henry Oringderff and Sarah Olive Stroman; one of eight siblings. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Colley, who provided him two daughters. He was survived by his wife of thirty seven years, Margaret Blackburn, his two daughters, two of his brothers, a sister, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He graduated High school as a Littlefield Wildcat, Littlefield, Texas, in 1942.

He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 in New Guinea and South Philippines. He always wanted to become a teacher, and during his tour in the Army he taught another soldier to both read and write. 

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts in 1949 from North Texas State College, now the University of North Texas. He later went on to earn a Masters of Education degree from Prairie View A&M University in 1977.

He had a distinguished career as a teacher; twenty two years as a teacher of Drafting and Woodshop at Waltrip High School in the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas, during which he was awarded the distinction of Teacher of the Year and held both the State Vice President and State President positions in the Association of Texas Technology Education.
His creative pursuits included woodworking, writing and painting. His book "School Days and/or School Daze" was published in the year 2000 and he became an award winning artist. 

He was a true Christian and was very involved in his family, his church, and his community. He had a tremendous love of people and transforming their lives through teaching.