Horace A. Ory | Passages

Horace A. Ory of Poulsbo passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 7. He was 81.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1932 in Amite, La., to Horace A. and Eula (Finch) Ory. He received his bachelor of science degree from Southeastern Louisiana College, Hammond; and his doctor of philosophy in chemistry from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

He worked 32 years in aerospace-related fields in theoretical physics and chemistry, focusing on optics applications for RAND Corporation and Research and Development in Los Angeles.

Horace was an avid mountain climber and he ascended Mount McKinley, Aconcagua, and many other notable mountains. He served as a volunteer and trainer for the Red Cross, emergency services, and amateur radio communications and technology in Burbank, Calif., and Kitsap County.

Horace is survived by his wife, Shirley J. Brown of Poulsbo; her children, Arla Christensen of Seattle and Mark Asadoorian of Las Vegas, Nev.; his brother, John L. Ory of Ponchatoula, La.; and three nieces and one nephew in Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his sister, one brother, and his parents.

Arrangements entrusted to The Stone Chapel Poulsbo Mortuary (

— Family of Horace A. Ory


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