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Robert C. Gaither Obituary

Robert Gaither

TAYLORVILLE - Robert C. Gaither, 86, of Taylorville, IL died at 6:50 am Monday, February 4, 2013, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 3, 1926 in Golden Gate, IL, the son of John William and Mary Jane Walker Gaither. On March 23, 1950 he married Margaret Fay Weber in Fairfield, IL. Mr. Gaither was an Air Force Veteran serving in World War II. He had been a teacher and principal for over 40 years. He served for over 50 years as County Counselor for Boy's State, and received the American Legion Abraham Lincoln Award and the President's Call to Service Award for his years of distinguished service. He had over 1200 hours of volunteer service at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, and Mary Bryant Home for the Blind in Springfield. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Catlin, IL, and Boy's State Board of Directors for Premier Boy's State.

He is survived by his wife, Fay Gaither of Taylorville, Son: Mike Gaither and companion Lori Young of Springfield, Daughters: Anne Simpson and husband Bill of Taylorville, and Mary S. Blakeman of Taylorville. Daughter-in-law: Jan Gaither of Chatham. 4 grandchildren: Michael Gaither and wife Lauren, Naperville, IL, Cindy Gaither and companion Anne Schroer of Olathe, KS, Kris Valenti and husband Zach of Rochester, and John R. Blakeman of Taylorville. 3 Great Grandchildren: Meghan Gaither, Courtney Gaither, and Addison Gaither. There are numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, February 8 at McClure Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Taylorville First United Methodist Church or Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Condolences may be sent online at

Published in The State Journal-Register on Feb. 6, 2013
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