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Orrin Wayne Kinney, 83

Orrin Wayne Kinney, 83, of Harvard, Illinois, passed away surrounded by family on May 7th, 2024, at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, Illinois.  

Orrin was born on December 24, 1940, in Momence, Illinois to Clare and Myrna (Doehring) Kinney.  He was one of five children, Doris (Shourd), Melvin, JoAnn (Schaafsma), and Gary.  He married Karen Benscoter on March 10, 1962, at the First United Methodist Church in Kankakee, Illinois.  

Orrin was a remarkable individual known for his unwavering dedication, creativity, and charismatic personality.  He built A-OK Incorporated, a successful manufacturing business that has thrived for over 40 years. His entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering commitment not only sustained his business but also led to the restoration of the Starline Factory.  When Orrin purchased the building in the early 1990’s, it was only a breath away from the wrecking ball.  Due to his vision and unrelenting belief in doing what others said could not be done, Starline still stands today as an economic catalyst for the Harvard community.  It serves as a testament to Orrin’s passion and commitment to preserving history and his belief that anything is possible.

Orrin is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Karen Kinney, and their two children, Eric Kinney and Melinda (Alistair) Schuldt. He was a proud grandfather to Ian and Nina Schuldt, who brought immense joy to his life. Orrin was predeceased by his son Steven, who passed away in 1996. Despite this profound loss, Orrin’s strength and dedication to his family and business never wavered.

Orrin’s family and friends remember him as a hardworking, passionate individual who had a unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life. His creativity and charisma left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Orrin had a special quality that drew people to him, and his legacy will continue to inspire those who knew him.

A celebration of Orrin’s life will be held at the Starline Factory, 300 West Front Street, Harvard, Illinois from 2-5 PM on June 7th, 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, Harvard, Illinois.

Orrin Wayne Kinney will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will live on in the hearts of those he touched throughout his life.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at  For more information, please call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home at 815-943-5400.

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