Remembering Orrie Jirele

Remembering Orrie Jirele

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — He was a man who left many people smiling after he was with them, but now those conversations are simply memories.

73-year-old Orrie Jirele was duck hunting Saturday when he suffered a heart attack and died, but his memory will live on in the halls of the Albert Lea high school and throughout the town.

The former basketball coach has been a substitute teacher for the past decade, but always stopped by to say hello when he had the chance.

To many, he was an inspiration.

“The one word when I think of Orrie is passion. He had passion for kids, he had passion for basketball and music and teaching and whenever he talked to you, you were the most important person at that moment in his life,” said Max Jeffrey, who grew up knowing Jirele.

Funeral services for Jirele will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea.

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