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Edward Orr

Birth Date: October 29, 1946
Death Date: May 29, 2017

Harry Edward Orr, Jr., 70, of Forsyth, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, with his family by his side. 
Ed was born October 29, 1946, in Paducah, KY to Harry Edward and Georgia Jemima (Whitt) Orr, Sr. Ed graduated from MacArthur High School in 1964. After proudly serving in the United States Air Force in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. He married Linda Atchison on June 28, 1974, in Decatur, IL. Ed worked in industrial sales and retirement management. He was very involved with the Central Illinois Girls Softball program. He also served on the Maroa-Forsyth School Board for 17 years, 8 of them as board president.
On June 28, 1974, Ed not only married his soul mate but also became a father. He remained a devoted and loving husband and father throughout his life and was most proud of his three caring and compassionate children. He lived his life helping others and never met a stranger.
He is survived by wife of 42 years, Linda; two children, Travis (Michele Coziahr) Orr of Decatur, IL and Aimee (Eric) Smith of Forsyth, IL; his mother, Georgia “Jemy” Schnake of Decatur, IL; daughter-in-law, Diane Orr of Decatur, IL; five grandchildren, Taylor Orr, Jack Orr, Keagen Smith, Avery Smith and Grant Smith; and one brother, John (Pam) Schnake of Raphine, VA. 
He was preceded in death by the father who lovingly raised him, John “Bill” W. Schnake; his beloved son, Chris Orr; and his sister, Judith Kay Orr.
Memorial services to celebrate the life of Ed Orr will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at First Christian Church in Decatur with Rev. Tim Revis, officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday before the service at the church. Military honors will be conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard following the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Macon County Honor Guard through Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. 
The family of Ed Orr is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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June 6, 2017
11:00 am
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3350 N. MacArthur Rd. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. It has been late in coming, but, as an in-law, I must say what is on my heart regarding the passing of such a wonderful man such as Ed Orr.
    I came into the family in 1974-1975.
    Linda & Ed were married and John and I were engaged and soon to be married that May.
    Both Ed, and Linda, were as gracious as I could ever imagine a couple our own age to be!
    They wholeheartedly joined in the happiness of John and my engagement, and soon to be wedding. The genuiness of their hearts were compelling to Erin (then 4 yr.old daughter) John, and me.
    Thank you Ed for allowing us to see your huge, loving, and kind heart:heart:
    I am only sorry I could not say this to you while you were here with us.
    ~Pam Wrigley Schneider

  2. Linda, I wanted to express my sympathy to you and your family. What a difficult loss and time for you. I always think of you and remember how much support and assistance you gave me when I first began at Millikin. I will always treasure that time and your friendship.
    Keeping you, your health and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy Leavitt

  3. Our deepest sympathy to Linda and family. One of those pictures took us back to all the good times we shared during those "softball summers". Ed never forgot his friends and I cherish the times we would run into each other and try to "catch up". He will be missed by family and friends.

    Dan and Marta

  4. Dear Linda, Travis, Aimee and all your family, We all were so sad to learn of Edd's passing. We so remember our times shared at all the high school basketball games. May God be with you during these difficult times. Dan and Kathy Marsh

  5. Taylor and family,

    So sorry to hear of your grandfather passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dave and Terry Wrigley


  7. Linda, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. Ed was a special guy who will be missed. We will always cherish the good times we shared with you and Ed and the kids. Bear & Linda

  8. So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Words are inadequate, but want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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