Orville Pinne

Orville Pinne, 80, of DeKalb, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born Jan. 1, 1930, the son of Fred and Veronica Pinne on the family farm in Genoa, Ill.

Orville grew up in his home town of Genoa and attended local schools.

When his nation called, Orville responded by enlisting in the United States Army in June 1945 and serving his country faithfully until his honorable discharge on Dec. 23, 1948.

Soon after returning to civilian life, Orville married his sweetheart, Doris Daniels, in the Sycamore United Methodist Church on May 14, 1949.

They began their new life in Sycamore for a time before moving to Sugar Grove. In 2005, they moved to their present home in DeKalb.

Orville worked for a number of companies, including the city of Sycamore for a time, at Barber Green in both Aurora and DeKalb, and drove a semi for Stover Brothers. He also drove a pigeon truck out west with his grandsons to release them. Then they raced home, many times finding that the pigeons got home first.

Orville was a life member of many organizations, including the Moose Lodges of Sycamore and Aurora, Outer Door Guide, the Tiger Club and the Phoenix Clubs of Aurora, as well as the Montgomery Veteran’s Association and the United Veteran’s Association in Sycamore. He was also an election judge for over 10 years in Sugar Grove.

In his younger years, Orville could be seen touring the countryside many times with Doris on the back of his Gold Wing motorcycle. As his children grew, Orville was a coach for baseball and softball.

He also loved the outdoors, spending many hours with his family on outings, camping and especially fishing in Canada. He always had a garden, and every year it seemed to get bigger and bigger. In addition to being a liturgist at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, helping with the reading of scripture and prayers, Orville also participated in the hand bell choir and served on many committees. At home, his walls and shelves were adorned with John Deere figurines, barbershop music filled the house, and John Wayne and Chuck Norris movies were never missed when they played on T.V.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; two daughters, Andrea (Tom) Ball and Connie (David) Siebens; eight grandchildren, Mark and his girlfriend Laura, Monika, Elizabeth, Tiffany, Scott and his wife Whitney, Sheila and her husband Miguel, Stacy and her fiancee Mike, and Shayna and her husband Josh; nine great-grandchildren, Alura, Sandra, Daniel, Duston, Devon, Destani, Ambyr, Christopher and Brandon; one brother, Donald Pinne of Genoa, Ill.; two sisters, Dorothy Eicksteadt of Delavan, Wis., Shirley Overton of Sycamore; and his mother-in-law, Helen Daniels, and many friends who will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Veronica Pinne; his father-in-law, Herchel Daniels; three brothers-in-law, Richard Daniels, Cliff Overton and Rudy Eicksteadt; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Pinne.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will officiate, with private family interment to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Orville Pinne Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through the same address and on www.conley-care.com.