By December 28, 2020Current Services

Edward Leroy “Big Ed” Orihood, 77, of New Holland, Ohio died Monday, December 28, 2020, at 10:40 a.m. shortly after arrival at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Ed was born October 29, 1943, in New Holland, Ohio to Marvin Leroy and Gloria Hope Armintrout Orihood.  He was a 1961 graduate of New Holland High School and was a lifelong resident of the New Holland community.  He was a member of the Dragin’ Angels Car Club.

He worked in assembly at Navistar in Springfield, Ohio for 30 years before his retirement in 1996.

Ed had proudly served as a firefighter with the Pic-A-Fay Joint Fire District in New Holland for 59 years and was currently serving as captain.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Donna Orihood.

Ed is survived a sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Don Yerian of Columbus; a brother, Marvin Eugene “Gene” Orihood of New Holland; nieces and nephews, Tony and Darlene Merritt; Tina and Andy Everetts, Shelli and Mark Seymour, Aaron Orihood and Sandra Bennington; several great nieces and nephews and special friends,
Drew Howard, John Lombardo, and Harold Desanto.

The funeral will be Saturday, January 2, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Pastor John Lombardo officiating.  Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pic-A-Fay Joint Fire District, 17 North Church Street, New Holland, Ohio  43145.


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  • Gary Beets says:

    Sorry to hear that “Big Ed” has passed away. We worked together on his website and printing equipment for his “Big Ed’s Custom Toys” business for years. Ed was quite the “character” and you could not be around him for more than a few minutes to be drawn to his personality.

    My fondest memory of Ed was when his AT&T router went down and he had to contact their “help desk” and could not get an English speaking person. We joked about this incident for many years. I will miss seeing his vehicle and custom trailer around town with all of the decals and lettering placed on it. Rest in Peace my old friend…

  • :Beulah Bullis says:

    Thoughts and sympathy for the entire Orihood family., Ed’s sister Sharon is my sister-in-law. He will be missed. Beulah Yerian Bullis.

  • Dan Ingram says:

    Big Ed was a wonderful man. He was a good friend of mine.I will truly miss him .RIp my friend may God bless. Dan Ingram.