Robert Vance

82, of Forest City

Robert Lee Vance, 82, of Forest City, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Timbercreek Rehab and Healthcare in Pekin.

Bob was born Nov. 4, 1930, in Fulton County, to Earnest and Florence Lober Vance. He married Wilma Schlenker March 4, 1956, in Canton.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; one son, Rob (Robin) Connell of Pekin; two daughters, Teresa (John) Reynolds of St. Charles, Mo., Laurie (Jeff Turner) Morris of Sommersville, Mo.; one grandson, Nicholas Reynolds of St. Charles, Mo.; three great grandchildren, Dylan, Ryan, and Rylie Connell.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, John Reynolds IV.

Bob was a Pekin firefighter, retiring in 1980 after 25 years of service. He dedicated his entire life to public service.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved spending time outdoors. Even after he no longer could hunt or fish, he loved driving to Spring Lake to watch the wildlife. Bob was a member of the William Schaefer Post 44 American Legion, Ducks Unlimited and former member of Pekin Moose Lodge 916. He was the former owner of Pintail Duck Club.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Havana.

Bob was a Korean War veteran of the United States Army.

Cremation was accorded. There will be no services. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date. Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund set up for Bob’s great-grandchildren at CEFCU, 3515 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.

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