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 www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
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