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Coach Johnny Orr, 86, of Iowa, passed away December 31, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Johnny Orr was born June 10, 1927 to Albert Lee and Anna (Lukach) Orr in Yale, Kansas. Johnny attended the University of Illinois prior to enlisting in the United States Navy. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He and Romala "Romie" Lee Robinson were married June 18, 1949.

Simply stated, Johnny had an illustrious career coaching basketball and was proud to serve as President of the N.A.B.C. Above all this, he will be remembered by his family as a devoted husband and caregiver. He loved the annual family golf outings and enjoyed beyond measure watching his grandchildren's athletic events.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Romie Orr of Ankeny; three daughters, Jennifer (John) Davis, of Lemont, Illinois, Leslie (Craig) Boylan, of Ames and Becky Orr Montgomery, of Ankeny; his grandchildren, Susan (Ron) Riedel, John Henry (Sarah) Boylan, Rachel Michelle Boylan, James Michael Montgomery and Alexa Mae Montgomery; two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Angeline Riedel; and son-in-law, Sam Hill.

He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Robin Ann Orr.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to be distributed to Johnny's favorite charities. Send gifts to First National Bank, 405 5th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010. Condolences and photos may be shared at


Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 3, 2014
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