Orson
Gregory, Orson (original name Arsenios P. Gligorievitch) Ojai, CA March 15, 1929 - October 19, 2009 Orson Gregory, a 25-year resident of Manhattan Beach and 27-year resident of Ojai CA, passed away on October 19. Orson was born March 15, 1929 in Salonika, Greece. He was the second of ten children of Peter and Elpiniki Gligorievitch. Early in his teenage years, Orson took on a tremendous responsibility within his family as they endured the challenges of WWII and the Greek Civil War which immediately followed. In 1948, at the age of 19, he immigrated to the United States, alone, on a student visa. After being detained on Ellis Island for 81 days due to a passport issue, he settled for a short time in St. Joseph, MO., where he attended college while working in his uncle's store. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed at Ft. Bragg Psychological Warfare Center, NC. Upon completing his military service he became a U.S. citizen, and changed his name to Orson Gregory. Orson came to California in 1956 where he met his future wife, Alyce (McManus) Gregory. The two married and settled in Manhattan Beach, CA where they raised four sons. Mr. Gregory was in business for himself and owned and operated Orson Gregory Chevron Service on 45th Street and Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach for more than 20 years. In 1976 he purchased a small orange and avocado ranch in Ojai, CA and retired there with Alyce in 1982. They have been residents of Ojai since that time. Mr. Gregory is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alyce; sons Thomas (Melinda) of Eagle, ID, Paul (Christine) of Manhattan Beach, CA, Phillip (Heller) of Walnut Creek, CA, and a daughter-in-law Dolores Cabrera of Bowling Green, KY. Two sisters; Freeda (Gary) Harrington of Mission Viejo, CA, and Vicky (Buzz) Aguiar of Overland Park, KS. Four brothers; Mike (Lily), Gus, Gregg (Helen), and Tom (Barbara) all of Overland Park, KS. Five grandsons and three granddaughters; a brother-in-law, Allan McManus; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Gus (Constantine) (1988), a grandson Arsenios (1988), two sisters; Vera and Melissa, and brother Miskos. Orson was a hard working man of great character and a dedicated husband, father, son and brother. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends and neighbors. A Trisagion will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. Services to be held Saturday, October 24,, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. also at Rice Mortuary Chapel, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. Graveside service will be held at Greens Hills Cemetery, 27501 Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA immediately following the church service. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. As Gus and I traveled the five hour drive from the Bay Area to meet his parents for the first time, he nervously kept saying to me: “My dad can seem intimidating, please don’t be afraid.” By the end of the long trip I was feeling a bit nervous. As soon as I walked in the house I received a big hug from Alyce. Orson remained a bit further back and said, “So you are Dolores (in a perfect Spanish accent)?” I smiled and said yes and gave him a hug which he accepted a bit uncomfortably. From that moment on we had a special bond, he would tease me and when I teased back he would with a little wink and smirk say “So you not afraid of me?” With a little devilish twinkle in his eye he would smile and sometimes laugh because he knew that matter how hard he tried, I knew he was a big teddy bear. Orson was a very special person in my life and I will surely miss him. My he rest peacefully in God’s arms. Dolo

  2. To the Gregory family-I’m so sorry for your loss. I know what a huge part Orson played in the family and what a total family man he was. The first time I met Orson I was a little leary. He seemed to be gruff and all business. Boy was I wrong! When I went to Ojai to visit he and Alyce I was welcomed with open arms and never felt so relaxed and at home. I will miss his hug the next time I go there. My love and sympathy to all of you, especially my special Alyce. Love, Pat

  3. Sympathy to all the Gregory’s from an OLD neighbor and especially to you Alyce. You were lucky and had him for a long time. I know you will all miss him very much. Love, Mary Lou

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