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Robert C. McBRIDE

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Robert C. McBride

Robert Charles "Rob" or "Bob" McBride, 59, of Belleville, Illinois, formerly of Springfield, Illinois, born August 13, 1953 in Springfield, Illinois, died Tuesday, October 30 at the Jefferson Barracks VA medical center.

Mr. McBride attended schools in Springfield, Illinois. He served with the U. S. Army in Germany from 1970 to 1973.

In his multi-faceted career he worked as an EMT, a police officer, a communications dispatch officer and a loss prevention specialist for National Food Stores and K-Mart. He was retired on disability in 1992.

As a Christian, he served others as a volunteer van driver for the Veterans Administration from the Belleville Clinic to the John Cochran Hospital and Jefferson Barracks Medical Center in St. Louis.

He volunteered for the American Red Cross as a disaster team leader and received the Clara Barton volunteer award for meritorious volunteer leadership. He was a 1997 "Hardees's Hometown Hero" for Public Safety. Mr. McBride enjoyed talking to his fellow "Hams" as an amateur radio enthusiast. His call sign was N9VOE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Ann, nee Gust, McBride and Harlan McBride. His first wife, Donna, nee Ashby, McBride died in August, 2002.

He is survived by his wife Betty, nee Brammer, McBride, whom he married July 8, 2003 in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado; two daughters, Kerry McBride (Trevorr Ray, significant other) of Hallsville, Missouri and Sarah McBride of Belleville, Illinois; a step-daughter, Stefanie (Michael) Montero of Castle Rock, Colorado; a sister, Kathleen (Steve) Hickey of Springfield, Illinois; a brother, Timothy McBride of Springfield, Illinois; four granddaughters, Kelley-Marie Aubuchon, Brooke Kronenberger, Kristen Kronenberger, and Rebecca McBride; two grandsons, Nicholas Montero and Christian Montero; a niece and four nephews.

Donations may be made to the or the American Red Cross.

A memorial service is being planned for November 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Signal Hill United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois.

Published in The State Journal-Register from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2012
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