Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory: Obituaries

Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory

Robin Orr Robin Orr
(June 24, 1955 - May 13, 2010)

Robin Orr, 54, of Savoy died 6:19pm on Thursday (May 13, 2010) at Peoria Specialty Hospital following a 5 month battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A memorial service will be held at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 Philo Rd. in Urbana, Illinois on Saturday, May 22 at 3:00pm.

Robin is survived by her husband, Sam Hill and children Samantha and Mylan Hill, her parents Johnny and Romie Orr of West Des Moines Iowa, and the families of three sisters: Jenny and John Davis of Lemont Illinois, Leslie and Craig Boylan of Ames Iowa and Becky Montgomery of Ankeny Iowa. Nieces and nephews include Susan (Davis) and Ron Riedel and their children Daniel and Angeline from Lockport Illinois; John Henry and Rachel Boylan from Ames Iowa; and Jamie and Alexa Montgomery from Ankeny Iowa. Additional family includes mother-in-law Veardie Mae Hill from Country Club Hills Illinois, sisters-in-law Tanya Hill from Country Club Hills Illinois and Lucinda Hill from Aurora Illinois, and brothers-in-law Theo Hill and Steven Hill from Chicago, and Curtis Hill from Little Rock Arkansas, and their respective families.

Robin Orr graduated from the University of Michigan in 1977 and completed graduate studies with a PhD in Nutrition, Marketing and Gerontology from Iowa State University in 1992. She earned All-American honors as a water polo player, in addition to top national honors as a swimmer and international honors in kayaking and war canoe. For over 17 years Dr. Orr has been employed by the University of Illinois as an Extension Specialist and Director of Programming EFNEP/FNP, overseeing grants, budgets, programs and services that have improved the lives of more than 1 million of our most vulnerable Illinois citizens. On March 19, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn designated “Robin A. Orr Day” at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, to acknowledge and celebrate Robin’s accomplishments and to present the first annual “Robin A. Orr Community Partnership Awards” that recognize program coordination, collaboration, and outreach to improve access to food in Illinois communities.

In lieu of flowers or for those wishing to make donations, the family requests that contributions be directed to the Robin Orr Food and Nutrition Education Fund at the University of Illinois, that will further educational opportunities and services in the field of nutrition and wellness. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Foundation and send to 1305 W. Green St. Urbana, IL 61801.