Orlo Gene Shroyer passed away on January 8, 2019 at Palm Creek RV Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona. The son of Victor Shroyer and Myra Rees Shroyer, he was born in Monteith,Iowa on March 12, 1942. When he was 16 months old, the family moved to Guthrie Center,Iowa, where he graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1960.
He continued his education at Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) for one year and then attended Northwest Missouri State University at Maryville receiving his Bachelors of Education in 1965 and his Masters of Education in 1969. In 1987 he completed a Doctorate of Educational Administration from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
On August 3, 1963 he was united in marriage to Karen Purdy of Guthrie Center. They had one son, Whitney, who
along with his wife Letitia reside in Asheville, North Carolina.
In 1965 Orlo began a 42 year career in public education as a junior high industrial arts teacher in Savannah, Missouri. In 1970 he was named Assistant Superintendent in the same district. He was selected as Superintendent of Schools for the Montgomery County R-II School District in Montgomery City, Missouri in 1979 leaving there in 1988 to become Superintendent of Schools in the Chillicothe, R-II School District where he remained until June, 1995.
In July, 1995 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner of Instruction for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 2000 he was named the Deputy Commissioner of Education, a position he held until his retirement in September, 2003. During his career in education one of his favorite activities was reading “Yertle the Turtle” to first graders.
Among the professional honors he received were the Citation of Merit from the College of Education at MU in 1998 and an Honorary Doctorate in Pedagogy from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003.
Orlo continued to be a great supporter of his hometown, Guthrie Center, Iowa. He was eager to support many civic improvement projects. He shared his passion for education by offering scholarships to graduates pursuing an education career.
Shroyer was a life-long member of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ where he enjoyed delivering the Moment for Young People.
A celebration of life will be held at the First Christian Church in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 16. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the service following at 11 a.m.
He is survived by Karen, his wife of 55 years; son Whitney and his wife Lititia; sister Dona Shroyer; his in-laws: Gordon Purdy, Kay (Purdy) and John Ridgely, Kristi (Purdy) and Ron Carper; Koni (Purdy) and Ken Purscell and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the Guthrie Center Christian Church.