Orlyn August Schlie was born on March 10, 1922 in Elgin, Illinois to German immigrant parents, Henry Schlie and Augusta Wilharm. Orlyn was the 8th of 10 children. He was baptized, grade school educated, and confirmed in his Lutheran faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Elgin. His secondary years were spent at Concordia (High School), River Forest, Illinois, and he received his college education at Concordia Teachers College, also in River Forest. Upon his graduation from Concordia in 1943, his first assignment took him to a one room schoolhouse in rural Jefferson City, Missouri. Following one year there, he was called to Grace Lutheran in New Albany, Indiana where he spent 2 years as teacher and organist. On July 28, 1946 he married Dorothy Grace Umbach of New Albany. The newlyweds moved to Columbus, Indiana and began their family. Orlyn taught school and was a youth counselor at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Columbus for 10 years. During several summers he worked on his Masters, and in 1951, he received that degree in Education and Administration from Indiana University. While in Columbus, he and Dorothy were blessed with 4 children. He also built a house with the help of his brother and several others. In the summer of 1956, Orlyn, Dorothy, and family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where Orlyn had been called to be the principal of Trinity Lutheran School. Trinity later became Lutheran Central School, and Orlyn remained there until he elected retirement in 1984. He had served as an educator for 41 years. During his tenure in Florida, Orlyn also served the Florida-Georgia District of the LCMS in a number of capacities, including the district education executive. In south Florida, Orlyn and Dorothy had church membership at Trinity Lutheran in Ft. Lauderdale and later at Our Savior Lutheran in Plantation. Following retirement, Orlyn and Dorothy didn’t sit still. They enjoyed traveling, and their retirement gift enabled them to cruise through the Panama Canal. Travel often involved visits to family and friends. They traveled throughout most of the USA, as well as Europe and Australia. In addition they joined Laborers for Christ and assisted in construction at 18 churches in 7 states over a 10 year period. 1995 found Orlyn and Dorothy moving to Lutheran Haven in Oviedo where they spent their later years. There they were faithful members at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Dorothy went to heaven in 2012 and now Orlyn is there as well. Orlyn was preceded in death by his parents and 9 siblings, his wife Dorothy, and daughters-in-law Cindy & Jean. Survivors are Stephen (Penny), Carolyn (Robert Femovich), Roger, and Daniel (Pamm). There are 5 grandchildren: Rebecca, Andrew, Katherine, Cailey, and Grace. And there are 7 great grandchildren: Madeline, Olivia, Harrison, Lucas, Avery, Alexander, and Cooper. Orlyn is well remembered for his sense of humor and wit, his outgoing nature and smile (he never knew a stranger), and his color choices. Many people refer to his favorite color to paint a room or a building as “Schlie Green”. He displayed his love of music and would often start singing some of his favorite hymns. He also wrote a number of additional verses to hymns. He looked forward to Sunday worship every week and took great delight in a well-delivered sermon. We know that he is now in great joy, singing with the heavenly hosts and praising his Lord. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Adopt-a-Student program), or to the Benevolence Fund at Lutheran Haven, both in Oviedo, Florida. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM located at 2101 Church Street Oviedo, Florida 32765
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