Robert Eugene Carr
EUSTIS, FL- Robert Eugene Carr, 86, passed away March 4th 2014, in Eustis, FL. Robert was born in Ottawa, IL Oct. 28, 1927, to Clay and Vista Carr. He graduated from Ottawa High School.
He married the love of his life (60yrs.), Beverly Showalter of Peoria, IL. She passed away in 2011 and he is now with her. They lost their daughter Kathleen 8 years ago. Along with his parents he was proceeded in death by his brother.
Dad is survived by his son Rolin Clay (wife Rose), two step grandsons, two step great-granddaughters, several nieces and nephews.
Before joining the Army, dad played clarinet and saxophone in several dance bands. After his discharge he went to work for Illinois Bell Telephone for 37 years, retiring in 1983. During that time he also wired new construction homes and belonged to the Electricians Union. While at IL Bell, he served several areas and received numerous promotions. Dad was the foreman over the IL Governors Mansion and Capitol Complex.
Over the years, he was on the San Jose School Board, former member of the Sangamo Surf Club in Springfield, IL, Springfield and Quincy bowling leagues, Spfld Flying 20, and The Elks Lodge. Dad was instrumental in the organizing and construction of the Elks Lodge in Laurie, MO. (Lake of the Ozarks).
He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge No. 71 for 50 years as a Master Mason, American Legion Post 0032, Moose Lodge of Golden Triangle FL. 874, and IL Bell Pioneers.
What a great family man! He was a wonderful father and husband. Dad and Mom loved to travel, play golf, and square danced all over the U.S. They were never apart. They belonged to the Grasshoppers, Indian Rock, Versailles Country Club and Elks golf leagues.
Dad was quite crafty rebuilding cars, boats, dune buggy and airplanes. While in Quincy, he studied, trained, and obtained his private pilots license. He loved flying. While living in Springfield he not only was a member of the Flying 20 Club, he also purchased and rebuilt several wrecked planes. His last project was a complete restoration of my antique car. They lived in several towns in IL, Lake of the Ozarks and Eustis, FL. He never met a stranger and was quite a jokester. He will be deeply missed.
Contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 35, 920 S. Highland, Mt. Dora, FL. 32757.
A memorial service will be held at the First Methodist Church, 2941 So. Koke Mill, (West Wabash) Spfld., IL, 2:00pm, March 30, 2014. Remains will be placed next to Mom at Roselawn Cemetery at a later date.
Funeral home: www.steversonhamlichhilbish.com