|Robert M. White, 91, East Peoria, IL, formerly of Galesburg, died at 9:10 PM Friday, November 20, 2009 in Normal, IL.
He was born April 1, 1918 in Galesburg, the son of Wilbur Fisk and Ethel Catherine Woolsey White. He married Barbara Jean Galbreath on June 21, 1942 in Miami Beach, FL. She preceded him in death on May 5, 1997.
He is survived by his daughter, Jody Allenbaugh (Michael) Render of East Peoria, 6 grandchildren, Emily (Paul) Todino, Josh (Julie) Allenbaugh, Jenny (Cary) Hendricks, Jenn (Troy) Walker, Shannon (Ben) Bates, and Dustin (Nalinee) Render, and 14 great grandchildren, Jake, Drew, Seth, Stella, Gabe, Grace, Sloane, Trinity, Bryn, Nickle, Jersey, Jagger, Bailey, and Jacob. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Bob worked as a salesman for Brown Specialty Company in Galesburg from 1937 to 1973. He then worked as a custodian for Galesburg School District 205 and Bethel Baptist Church for several years. He retired in 2000.
He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1935 and from Brown's Business College in 1937. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church for over 60 years, where he was involved with the Hilltoppers and Awana. He volunteered with the Galesburg Rescue Mission, was a member of the Goodwill Singers, and was a Reading Buddy at Nielson School for 10 years.
During World War II from 1941 to 1945, Bob was in the United States Army Air Corps with the 40th Squadron, 6th Bomber Group. He was a part of the Pacific Theatre, stationed in the Northern Mariana Islands at Tinian.
Bob was a genuine, humble, faithful, caring man, a conservative Republican (Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, Fox News), young at heart, a dreamer, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was Dad, "Poppa", Uncle Bob, "Bob-Jo", and friend to all generations of people. He and Barb mentored and loved every young person they met. We will miss him greatly and the ministry of his years of birthday and anniversary calls. He loved family and friends, his country, his church, the Chicago Cubs, Silver Streaks girl's basketball, words and books, crossword puzzles, calligraphy, Patriotic and Big Band music, old hymns, his baseball cap and pen collection, and his special granddog, Pauchey. His daughter, 6 grandchildren, and spouses, as well as his 14 great grandchildren were blessed to know him and will cherish each moment spent with him.
Funeral will be 10 AM Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at Bethel Baptist Church. Rev. Lee Johnson, Rev. Kirk Kendall, and Cary Hendricks will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7 PM Tuesday and 9 to 10 AM Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens with Military Rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church or McLean County Young Life. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.