Robert Charles Orend, 74 of Marion, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: 4150 Blue Jay Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405. Interment with military honors will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
As mandated by proclamation, social distancing must be practiced which requires a limited number of people to be allowed into the visitation at one time. The use of facemasks or shields is required.
Robert was born May 06, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the son of Lester and Libby (Syrovy) Orend. After graduation from Jefferson High School, Robert attended Kirkwood Community College. In 1964, Robert joined the United States Airforce and was honorably discharged in 1968. Robert was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Cedar Rapids, and he volunteered at the Temple. Robert was a ham radio enthusiast. He enjoyed playing the accordion and the organ. He loved being outdoors especially hiking and camping. Robert was nurturing, innovative, honorable, and loving. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Robert is survived and lovingly remembered by his five daughters, Cassandra (Jeremy) Donn of Calackamas, Oregon; Cecilia Luke of Thorndike, Massachusetts; Candida (Marcus) Deree of Waterloo, Iowa; Cornelia Orend of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Pam Hansen of Alburnett, Iowa; son, Robert (Kathleen ) Orend II of Riverside, California; 15 grandchildren, Erica, Alec, Libby, Anthony, Ryan, James, McKenzie, Zoe, Anastasia, Alasandra, Adrianna, Lape, Emma, Henry, and Lane; two great-grandchildren, ExieRose and Ezra; two sisters, Frances (Bill) Bergum of Billings, Montana; Barbara Orend (John Papp) of Clive, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Orend; one grandson, Adam Ziehr; and Avis (Nelson) Orend.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/give-a-gift, Freedom Foundation: https://usfreedomfoundation.org , or HACAP: https://www.hacap.org/how-to-help/how-donate.