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Oren Northcutt

December 24, 1936 — September 29, 2019

Funeral service for Oren Van Northcutt will be held on Friday, Oct. 4th, 2:00 pm at First Assembly of God Church in Emory.

Bro. Montie Parker, and Rev. Danny Barrett, will officiate. County Judge Wayne Wolfe will also speak. Burial will follow service in Smyrna Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, Oct. 3rd, 6:00-8:00 pm at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Oren Van Northcutt, age 82, of Point, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Hunt Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

Oren was born in Emory, on December 24, 1936, to the parentage of James Elmer (Alex) and Panthea Read Northcutt. He married Linda Manning, and they were together for 43 years.

Though Oren only went to the 10th grade in high school, he took several business courses, and read many books learning how to do almost anything. Oren was a self-taught and self-applied learner in his own efforts to improve upon an item, or design them. He could design a tool or part for what he needed at that moment or for future use. He was known for sketching on just about anything , whether it was on paper, paper sacks, napkins, or the tablecloth.

During his working career he founded a company, that started in Duncanville, then moved to Point. This became the foundery for making parts and other tools....and, thus the birth of Dal-Air Tool Company, Inc.

Oren designed and got patents on five different tools. However, the most popular one was called the DATCO AIR RATCHET WRENCH... which he later sold the patent to Snap-On Tools.

After tiring of the manufacturing business at Dal-Air, he turned it over to his general manager and pursued something else. He started a computer business in 1987 in Greenville, in which he took his daughter Judy with him. His son Ron joined him in the computer field. After tiring of the computer business he turned it over to his son and daughter. He then went back to manage the foundry Dal-Air.

He and Linda moved to Point and later sold Dal-Air in 2007. Instead of retiring he built Accurate Building Products, a SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) used for building energy-efficient homes in 2009. He finally decided to retire and closed ABP in 2018. He and his buddy invested a little money in the stock market as a hobby.

Oren was a man of yesterday, a man of integrity, true to his word, honest in all his business endeavors...he was a man during the day when a handshake was all that was needed to seal a deal or confirm an of his era learned to work with what they had because these men were "fixers" of whatever was needed in the home, workplace or under the hood of a car...(perhaps a certain 1962 Ford Thunderbird??)

Oren Van Northcutt will be sorely missed by so many family and friends who loved him and appreciated his his way of life, way of business, his way of continually designing his tools...changing something about the tool to make it more efficient or a safer one.

Oren loved his family and imparted his wisdom to all of them...his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Those left here on this earth to enjoy the memories, happy or sad...and remember the legacy he left....
Include Survivors:
Wife: Linda Northcutt of Emory
Son: Ronnie Lee Northcutt of Caddo Mills
Daughter: Judy Kay Northcutt Lance and Husband Tom of Point
Daughter: Dawn M. Priebe and husband Brett of Point
Son: Jay Manning and wife Amy of Greenville
Sisters: Violet High of Mesquite, Hazel Hashop of Corsicana, and twin sisters, Nola Royal of Wills Point, and Nelda Lakey of Mesquite
Grandchildren: 11
Great-grandchildren: 9
Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by: Parents; Son: Terry Van Northcutt; Great-grandson: Jake Scudder; 3 Brothers: Marvin, Jim, and David (Bud); 3 Sisters: Sybil, Reba, and Vera

Mark Peterson; DeWayne Northcutt; David Northcutt; John Shipp; Jevan Manning; Jess Northcutt

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to:
Rains County Good Samaritans
220 Doris Briggs Parkway
Emory, TX 75440

Please sign the guestbook for the family at the link above.


Thursday, October 03, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wilson - Orwosky Funeral Home
803 N. Texas St
Emory, Texas 75440

Funeral Service

Friday, October 04, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

First Assembly of God
340 South Texas St. (Hwy 19 South)
Emory, Texas 75440

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