Orval John Pinkes

Orval John Pinkes

April 1, 1932 – September 27, 2023

Orval John Pinkes passed away on September 27, 2023, at the age of 91 years old. He was born a twin to parents, Louis and Anna Pinkes in Genoa, Nebraska in 1932. The family moved to Omaha Nebraska when he was only 2 years old. Orval had a paper route in his neighborhood at a young age. Later in life, he went to school for heating and air conditioning and started a career at Millard Heating and Air Conditioning, then Millard Manufacturing. He also ran Orv’s Auto Sales at his brother’s body shop for many years. Orval proudly served his country in the United States Army in the Korean War as a Corporal. His division was a part of Heartbreak Ridge.

Preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Anna Pinkes; wife, Lucille Pinkes. He is survived by his twin brother, Tony Pinkes; five daughters: Patty Pinkes, Donna Urzendowski (Tom), Debbie Zink (Edd),  Joanie Quinata, and Kathy Reynolds; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, plus one on the way.

Orv loved football. That was his sport. If you were looking for him on a weekend, you would find him in his backyard doing yard work with his big, old headphones on listening to a football game. If you knew Orv, Mountain Dew was a part of him. Anyone coming for a visit was generously offered a Mountain Dew. He also loved to travel and was proud to say that he had been to 50 states. Orval was also an animal lover. He took the best care of his yellow lab, George, and then his beloved dog, Buddy. He always said, “Your dog is your dog.” He eventually became a cat owner to his best friend, Buddy. He was loved by many. He always had a good heart and showed it to the people around him. He will truly be missed. “See You In Church”

VISITATION: Friday, October 6, 2023, 5-7 p.m., at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd. FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10:30 a.m. at the West Center Chapel. INTERMENT with Military Honors: Resurrection Cemetery. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society.



  • Alex and Vyanne Zink Posted October 1, 2023 10:00 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. There really aren’t any words to make you feel better, but our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Bow Posted October 2, 2023 8:41 am

    Donna, Patty, Brandon and family, my sincere condolences to you all.

  • Chris Shearman Posted October 3, 2023 10:10 am

    My thoughts, heart and prayers go out to you and your family Patti. It is truly hard losing a parent at any age. God bless you all.

  • Crystal Ferguson Posted October 3, 2023 11:13 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Pinkes when he visited his daughter Debbie in Texas. He was quite the character, a wonderful father and grandfather. I know he will be missed very much by family and friends.

  • Debbie and Bryan Hague Posted October 3, 2023 7:28 pm

    I cherish all the memories we had at your house growing up. And my memories of Uncle Orv and fun times! All our love and hugs to you dear cousins! Love you all!

  • Marlene Syas Posted October 4, 2023 6:38 am

    It’s always hard to loose your parents. You guys had orv with you a long time. I’m sure it will leave a hole when family gathers He will always be in your heart. Love to all.

  • Virginia Jean Reed Posted October 6, 2023 12:26 pm

    I remember all the times my parents and I had, when we visited your dad and mom. Orviie always treated everyone like family. Orvie and Lucille enjoyed having huge picnic gatherings in their backyard.
    God blessed him with a loving family. May his loving spirit surround you and comfort you at this time.

  • Wayne A. Schild Posted October 7, 2023 3:38 pm

    Orv was my best 1st cousin! I spent a lot of time with him when we were growing up; in Columbus, but mostly in Omaha. We were in Korea at the same time. He was with a Combat Engineer outfit that was attached to an Infantry Division. I was with an Engineer Construction Bn, attached to the 84th Army.
    We met somewhere while we were in Korea. I remember Orv spent a month on the Front, relieving the Infantry soldiers. The last time I saw Orv was at his home on Haskell. He living in lower level & showed me his large collection of beer cans, He even gave me few! I have many memories of Orv from my early days, through to my graduating from UNL with a degree in Geology. I later worked overseas as an Petr. Exploration Geologist for almost 26 years-in Libya, Nigeria and Venezuela, so I seldom saw Orv. Retired & moved to Texas in 1987 and to Austin in 1988. I’m sorry I never saw him again!

  • Wanda Eihausen Posted October 11, 2023 9:53 am

    Thoughts and prayers with all of Oval Pinkes family . We always had a fun time when we were at our Grandmother’s house in Columbus

    Many wonderful Memories of Oval and Tony and their folks Ann and Lou when we were growing up.

  • Brandon Urzendowski Posted October 25, 2023 9:57 am

    You are the best grandpa! We miss you

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