Robert C. Orr
Robert Cooper Orr, 91, of Tipton died at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, June
20, 2012 at IU Health Tipton Hospital. He was the only child
of Basil & Madge Marie (Cooper) Orr. He was born January 3,
1921 in the family home near Windfall where he lived all of his life
until just recently. His parents nurtured him in the faith and
belief that serving others before self was his earthly mission and
that the rewards would follow. He lived by that creed and
enjoyed those rewards.
exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall
be exalted." Luke 14:11 On August 16, 1958 he married
Phyllis Maxine Kiser and she survives. His only child, Michael Glenn
Orr, predeceased him. Other survivors include two grandsons, Timothy
Orr and wife Michelle, Columbus, Indiana, and Shannon Orr, Terre
Haute; one great-grandson, Shae Orr; and one great-granddaughter,
Bob volunteered in the US Infantry 72nd (Lightening) Division during
World War II, becoming a machine gunner and squad leader. He
obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana School of Business
Administration in 1943. While at the university he was a
member of Sigma Nu and the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
He also earned a Master of Arts Degree from Ball State University
School of Social Science in 1963.
During the 80's, Robert was honored by the Governor of Indiana for
his outstanding public service. He was awarded the
Sagamore of the Wabash, Distinguished Hoosier Award, and was
designated as an Honorary Lt. Governor of Indiana. He also
received the Award of Meritorious Public Service by Tipton County
Judge Dane P. Nash. Robert was awarded a plaque and a honoring
banquet was held for his gift of his farm to the Tipton County
Foundation. The income from the farm is to support Christian
Organizations and humanitarian agencies such as hospitals.
Before ill health curtailed his activities, he was a member of the
Windfall Christian Church, Indiana Retired Teachers Association,
Tipton County Retired Teachers Association, and a former member of
various fraternal and social organizations in Indiana.
Among his most gratifying fulfillments in life were serving youth as
a high school teacher at Windfall, Sharpsville, and Tri-Central High
Schools in northern Tipton County. He often said there existed
an affinity of sprit with his former students which was uniquely
unlike any other.
Robert's funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at
Young-Nichols Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Jack Masters and Rev. Carl
Roudebush presiding. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery,
Windfall. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memorial may be made to
the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.