Robert Orren

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WASHINGTON - Robert "Bob" Orren, 84, of Washington passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born May 11, 1928, in Johnson City, Tenn., to William "Haze" and Ruby (Bawgus) Orren. He married Beulah "Boots" Street in Johnson City, Tenn., on Jan. 2, 1949. She survives.

Also surviving are his son, Keith (Jackie) Orren of Washington; two granddaughters, Dawn Orren of Washington and Melanie Bown of Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Carolyn (Bud) Tipton of Johnson City, Tenn., and Gertrude Manley of Charlottesville, Va.; sister-in-law, Brenda (Jim) Carl of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim and George Orren.

Bob was an avid golfer, starting at the age of 9, and a member of several Peoria-area leagues.

He worked as a scheduling clerk at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1982 after 32 years of service. He was a volunteer fireman with Northern Tazewell Fire and Rescue for 33 years, retiring as the president of the board of trustees, and held several positions throughout his years, including President of the Rescue Squad.

He was a board member of the North Tazewell Public Water District, retiring after many years of service. He served 50 years as a Master Mason for the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M.

He was a member of Roland Manor Baptist Church in Sunnyland and loved his church family very much.

After Bob passed, he was a Gift of Hope Donor.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Hardin officiating. Burial will follow in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Roland Manor Baptist Church or Northern Tazewell Fire and Rescue.

Online condolences may be made at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 25, 2013
Robert "Bob" Orren
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