James Samuel Orr, 91, formerly of rural Cornell, passed away 5:03 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 26, 2017) at Royal Oaks Care Center, Kewanee.
His memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator, with the Rev. Sharon Garretson officiating. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
He was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Streator, the son of Sam and Alice Turner Orr. He married Barbara Locke on March 11, 1950. She survives.
Following retirement from farming, Jim worked for Williamson Farm Drainage for several years and later enjoyed helping his son farm in the Cornell and Manville areas.
Jim was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending several weeks each summer fishing some of the lakes in the Hayward, Wis., area, wanting to catch the “big one.” He finally did catch a 36-inch musky on Lake Chippewa, of which he was extremely proud. Jim loved all living creatures and nature; he especially enjoyed the company and companionship of all his dogs and walking them each evening down a country road. He enjoyed a good cup of coffee, a smoke and telling stories to anyone who would listen. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He attended Cornell Grade School and was a graduate of Cornell High School.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, Pontiac; one daughter, Janet Andres, Cullom; one son, Matt (Laurie) Orr, Manville; grandchildren, Joe Andres, Kelly Sargeant, Travis Rinaldis, Chelesa Rinaldis and Tyler Rinaldis; and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Karen Rinaldis; and one sister, Versal DeCicco.
Memorials may be made to Livingston County Humane Society.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com.