Robert Lillie

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EUREKA - Robert "Bob" Lillie, 84, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Eureka, Ill., passed away and moved to his new residence in heaven on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

He was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Chicago to Robert A. and Lillian Chandos Lillie. He married Carol Blunier on Sept. 4, 1955. She died April 17, 2001.

He is survived by one son, Robert G. (Ingrid) Lillie of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Robin (Jerry) Crow of Phoenix; and two grandchildren, Aaron and Acacia.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother.

He was a graduate of Eureka College and had a master's degree from Bradley University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 466 in Eureka.

He was a teacher and principal in four school districts in Woodford County. In 2008, he was inducted into the Greater Peoria Athletic Hall of Fame, along with two undefeated Metamora High School Football teams from 1966 and 1968 that he coached.

He was a member of Eureka United Methodist Church, holding various church offices. He has been a Stephen Minister and was a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church in both Illinois and Arizona. He taught Sunday school for over 40 years. He was active in the Peoria Cursillo, where he was the rector of Peoria Cursillo 606 and the Walk to Emmaus, where he was the lay leader of Central Illinois Walk 71. He had served on the prison advisory boards of Faith, Hope and Love and was active in prison ministries. In recent years, he taught a men's Bible study at the Cross in the Desert United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Ariz.

He was the author of two books, "Dying with Carol" and "Sermons by a Sinner."

A service will be held at the Cross in the Desert Church in Phoenix. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Eureka United Methodist Church in Eureka, Ill., on March 22 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ron Martz and the Rev. Paul Wallace will officiate.

Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church or any Walk to Emmaus or Cursillo Community.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home
508 S Main St Eureka, IL 61530
(309) 467-2423
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 20, 2014
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