Philip Eugene Orr was born September 2, 1949, in Olney, Illinois, the son of James L. and Emma C. Orr of Grayville. He died on February 26, 2017, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.
Philip is survived by siblings Nancy (Michael) Adams of Killeen, Texas; Mary (Jeff) Weber of Manteno, Illinois; Robert (Pam) Orr of Albion, Illinois; Carol (Glenn) Jackson of Mount Erie, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the University of Illinois Champaign with post-graduate degrees in History and Library Science.
He was recently retired from the David L. Rice Library as Distance learning Librarian for University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IndianaA, where he received the Indiana Library Federation Leadership Award in 2009.
Philip’s Christian faith was the center of his life. He was actively involved in church serving as an elder and Sunday school teacher at Browns Christian Church. He also led a Bible study on campus at U.S.I. He served on the board of the Christian Campus Ministry in Carbondale, as well.
Visitation was 6-9 pm, Friday, March 3, 2017, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral was 10 am, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.