Orville Wilbur Tharp


    Orville Wilbur Tharp of Cuba, Missouri was born May 4, 1940 in Augusta, Kansas to Carl and Mary (Kingsley) Tharp and passed away Thursday, October, 27, 2022 at the age of 82 years.


    Orville enlisted in the army for three years and served in Korea. Afterwards, he attended business college in Seattle, Washington, where he worked as an IBM operator. As computer cards were phased out, he decided to pursue a career in teaching. He attended a junior college for two years, and then earned his BA in social studies at Wichita State University. He also held a master’s degree in secondary education from Emporia State University. During college, he worked for a short time as a security guard at a missile silo in Kansas.
    While teaching in Severy, Kansas, Orville met and married Kathleen Sullivan, a fellow educator. The two were married on August 8, 1969. They moved to Cuba, Missouri, where they both taught until their retirement. Orville taught middle school history and coached basketball. He retired in 1998.
    Orville was a soft-spoken man who had a love for animals and the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, and he was an avid hunter who often spent more time photographing the deer than hunting them. Orville could often be found researching various topics on the Internet, and he never lost his love for teaching others what he learned.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; parents, Carl and Mary; one brother, Gerald Tharp; and one sister, Delores Williams.
    He is survived by his sister-in-law, Marianne Austin and husband, George of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nephew Les Austin and wife Nancy of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two nieces, Lori Mayberry and Carrie Buss and husband Carrick, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven great nieces and nephews, Ashley Thomits and husband Alec of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lauren Augustyn and husband Jacob of Grapevine, Texas, Anthony Mayberry and fiancée Annie Barbara of Norman, Oklahoma, Brody Mayberry of Edmond, Oklahoma, Andrew Buss, Cadence Buss and Alex Austin all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one great great nephew, Tristan Thomits; other relatives and friends.
    Cremation arrangements have taken place. No services are planned at this time.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.