October 30, 2022Curtis L. Orr, Past International Director (1986-1988), died on October 6, 2022, at the age of 95. A Lion since October 1, 1960, and member of the Beaverville Lions Club, then Bradley Lions Club, the late past director served the association on several levels, including as club president, district governor, and president of the Lions of Illinois Foundation from 1980 to 1982. In honor of his service, he received the 100% District Governor Award, seven International President's Awards, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted to a member by the association. He was also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. The late past director worked the family farm as a teenager and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and during the Korean War. He also participated in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. His leadership skills enabled him to be successful as the owner/operator of the Papineau Grain Company from 1966 to 1990, and he managed the Beaverville Grain and Lumber Company. He was a former member of the Iroquois County Board and was a township supervisor for more than 25 years. The late past director also served on the board of Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Illinois for 12 years. He encouraged many to succeed through his example of hard work and steadfast commitment. Orr was a member of Donovan Church of Christ, and with his late spouse, Donna, raised a family that filled them both with pride and joy. He enjoyed family gatherings and watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He was a loyal fan of the Fighting Illini and as a die-hard Cubs fan was thrilled to see them win the World Series in 2016.