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Michael Glenn Orso

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Michael Glenn Orso, 45, of Wanette, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at his home.

Michael Glenn Orso was born on Dec. 6, 1974, in Oklahoma City to Frank and Sandra Kay Orso. He has two brothers, Frank Henry Orso Jr. and Randle Keith Carr.

He graduated in 1994 from Wanette High School.

Mike loves and excelled at the game of baseball. His favorite team was the Cleveland Indians. He also played basketball in high school. He was involved in ag and took classes at the vo-tech.

Mike was married to his first love Gina Dianne Orso on March 6, 1998. He was a proud stepparent to her two children Nathan and Shelby, and on May 31, 1999, they welcomed their beautiful son Brayden Frank.

Mike was an excellent diesel mechanic and later became a supervisor and interim fleet manager at Embark, the Oklahoma City public transportation agency. Mike was liked and respected by his coworkers for his, sometimes tough, but fair dealing.

On Jan. 3, 2003, Mike married his forever love ReAnna Orso. They have happily shared their lives together with their son Brayden for 17 years.

Mike was most passionate about hunting whitetail deer. At a young age he was taught to hunt by his dad and uncle and it was a tradition shared by many family and friends over the years. He passed on his love of hunting to ReAnna and Brayden and taught them everything he knew.

For several seasons, Mike coached a boy’s baseball team in Little Axe and very much enjoyed being with the kids and sharing his knowledge and love of the game. He made a tremendous impact on some of those young men.

When Brayden joined 4-H and later FFA, Mike immersed himself and grew fond of learning about and assisting Brayden with his show pig projects. He built a barn for Brayden’s pigs and began to breed, raise and sell his own. Relationships were formed with many ag students, families and instructors and they have long been considered an extension of our own family.

Mike had a special relationship with and deeply respected his father-in-law David. Mike looked forward to and enjoyed his time helping him on the farms as often as possible, and especially their ornery ways and hilarious nicknames for one another. Mike was dubbed “puddin’ lips” and several other funny terms were shared between the two of them.

Mike is preceded in death by his first sweetheart, loving wife and mother to his son, Gina Dianne Orso; his precious stepson Jacob Riley Mullendore; his grandparents and various other family members.

He is survived by his best friend, lover and wife of 17 years, ReAnna Orso and his pride and fiercely loved son, Brayden Orso of the home; his greatly treasured parents, Frank and Sandy Orso of Tribbey; father and mother-in-law, David and Kathy Tappe of Bethel; mother-in-law Connie Deleon and her husband Don Deleon of Shawnee; his brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Brandy Orso of Earlsboro; his brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Hollywood Carr of Little Axe; his sister-in-law, Amy Tappe of Moore; brother-in-law and his wife, David and Cindy Tappe of Edmond; sister-in-law, Amanda Gunter Orso of Shawnee; and sisters-in-law, Annette Johnson and Alesa Deleon of Texas; his 11 sweet nieces and nephews including, Kaiden, Emma Kate, Harper and Lincoln Orso. Colton, Kennedy, Kyra, Nylah, and Quay Carr. Brandon and Ashley Tappe; and innumerable special Uncles, Aunts, cousins and family.

The family has designated Reel Recovery Oklahoma as appropriate for memorial donations in memory of Michael Glenn Orso. Please make donations payable to Reel Recovery Oklahoma, 160 Brookside Road, Needham, MA 02492 or

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Downtown Pentecostal Holiness Church in Shawnee with Reverend Robert Ware, Downtown Pentecostal Holiness Church, and Pastor Rick Myers, KTM Family Worship in Moore, and Jerry Tarver officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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