|Robert T. Self, 88, of 2310 US Highway 150N, Wataga, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2012 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born January 11, 1924 in Galesburg, the son of Thomas K. and Lillian L. Taylor Self. He married Dorothy M. Witherell on July 28, 1946 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on August 27, 1992.
He is survived by three children, Charlotte (and Barry) Davis of Naples, Fla., Barbara (and Howard) Vincent of Utah, and Robert T. "Bobby" (and Teresa) Self of Galesburg; 10 grandchildren, Justin Davis, Sara Skar, Meggan Zier, Thomi Self, Robert Taylor Self, Richard Reeder, Tawnya Bates, John Reeder, Rebecca Eames, and Michelle Nunez; and 14 great grandchildren.
Robert was a chemistry and physics teacher with Galesburg School District 205, teaching at Churchill Jr. High School, the original Galesburg High School, and retired from the current Galesburg High School. He also taught at Knox College and Carl Sandburg College in the summers. Throughout his teaching career and after retirement, Bob raised dogs and was a dog obedience trainer. He was an obedience judge and served on all but the latest obedience committees held by the AKC. Throughout his dog training career, he conducted many obedience seminars locally and across the country. In conjunction with Dr. A.J. Harler, he published Front & Finish, a training publication devoted to obedience enthusiasts. He was known as the "Father of Obedience."
He graduated from Galesburg High School. He attended Knox College and graduated from Western Illinois University. He had been a member of First Baptist Church. Robert was a member of the ROMEO Club (Real Old Men Eating Out). He was also a member of the Order of DeMolay. He enjoyed flying in his early life and also enjoyed golfing and playing tennis. Robert was known for his wit.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2012 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Daniel Siems will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Public Schools Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.