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Robert "Squire" Bond Webb, 95, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Decatur IL.
Services to celebrate Robert's life will be held at Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St, Decatur IL, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 with Pastor Don Martin officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation at Central Christian at 10:00, one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Graceland-Fairlawn Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church at 650 W. William St, Decatur IL, 62522 or Lincoln Trails Boy Scout Council, 262 W. Prairie Ave, Decatur, IL 62523.
Robert was born February 8, 1922 in Mt. Vernon, IL, the son of Herman W. and Helen Bond Webb. He married his wife of 72 years, Wanda Lee Beck, on October 14, 1945 in Mt. Vernon. She survives.
Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and successfully flew 45 combat missions in South Pacific Theatre as a B24 Pilot. Robert studied Mathematics at Southern Illinois University before the war, and, after completing his military service, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Civil Engineering. Robert was an Register Professional Engineer and the Superintendent of Gas Operations at Illinois Power Company where he served for 45 years before retiring. He was a member of Central Christian Church for 65 years, where he faithfully served as an Elder, a Deacon and a youth leader. He was honored in 2006 as Elder Emeritus. Robert served in leadership for Boy Scout Troop 119 at Central Christian.
During retirement, Robert was a member of the Golden Kiwanis Service Organization, volunteered for DOVE, enjoyed traveling, eagerly camped all over Illinois and the US, and especially looked forward to camping at Ludington State Park, MI. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed woodworking, helping his family, keeping up with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching all major sports.
Robert leaves behind his wife, Wanda; son, C. Robert (Anne) Webb; daughters, Becky Johnston, Sarah (Craig) Hammond, Amy Mattingly and fiancé, Don Doehrman; daughter, Susan (Paul) Hartstirn is deceased; grandchildren, Christina (Christopher) Branham, Tim (Karyn) Webb, Jon (Mollie) Webb, Jennifer (Chris) Hartwig, Phillip (Shelley) Johnston, Celia Johnston, Julia (Scott) Dolejs, Mary Hartstirn, Kaite Konoplisky, Ben Konoplisky, Adam Mattingly, and Daniel Mattingly; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Tyler Branham, Stella Webb, Keller Webb, Jacob and Charlie Hartwig, Callum Johnston, Emily Konoplisky, and Gabriel and Judah Dolejs; sister-in-law, Dorma Beck; nephews, Stewart (Nancy) Webb, Clinton (Nancy) Webb, Roland Webb, Bill (Barb) Beck, and Jean Beck; cousins, Myra (Mike) Michael, Janice(Dale) Featherstone, and Pauline Fleming.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, George and Stella Beck; daughter, Susan Hartstirn; great-grandson, Cole Webb; brother, Wilton (Roberta) Webb; brother-in-law, Bob Beck; sisters, Marjorie (Bill) Wood and Margaret Webb; nephews, Jon Webb and Jeff (Linda)Webb; nieces, Polly Vogel and Eleanor Webb.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to Dr. Anthony McCormack for his compassion while caring for Robert over the years, and the Many for your prayers and friendship.
Well done Good and Faithful Servant.
The family of Robert Bond Webb is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Published on August 21, 2017
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