Selfridge, Robert J., Sr.

Robert J. Selfridge, Sr., 81, of Galesburg, died at 1:59 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014 at Marigold Health Care Center.

He was born July 11, 1933 in Galesburg the son of Robert J. and Alberta (Cunningham) Selfridge. He married Rosamond Swearingen in Galesburg. He later married Norma J. Piper on July 11, 1969 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death April 16, 1995.

He is survived by a daughter, Robin (and Matthew) Pheiffer of Galesburg; a son, Robert (and Lisa) Selfridge Jr. of Galesburg; a step daughter, Darlene (and Roy) McCaslin of Elgin; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles; and two great grandchildren.

Robert worked at Gates Rubber Company for 32 years, retiring May 1, 1995. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1952. He had lived in Knoxville and Victoria until moving to Galesburg in 1957.

He served in the United States Air Force for 4 ½ years during the Korean War. He was stationed in the Philippines and Okanawa.

Robert was a former member of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 in Galesburg and Pacific Masonic Lodge #66 in Knoxville.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Jim Ecklund will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services of Galesburg is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at