Robert F. "Bob" Reel
ATHENS, IL – Robert F. "Bob" Reel, 83, formerly a Paris, Ill., resident, passed away at 6:24 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his daughter's home in Athens. He was a retired and well-known farmer in Edgar County and co-owner and operator of Reel's Catering Service.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1931, in Stratton Township, Edgar County, the son of the late Ben and Blanche (David) Reel. He married Darlene Lee "Doll" Helt on Feb. 18, 1955, in Paris. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2011.
He is survived by his daughters, Julie Stray and Jill Heffernan of Athens; five grandchildren, Caroline Stray of McHenry, Kacy Stray and Sam Heffernan of Athens, Brian Heffernan of Amherst, Mass., and Caitlin Morla of Bradford, Mass.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his two brothers and four sisters.
Mr. Reel served in the Korean War with the Army National Guard from 1951 to 1954. He was also a member of the Edgar County Farm Bureau, a member of the Gideons International and a member of the Stratton Lodge 408 A.F. & A.M.
Bob was a graduate of Paris High School and attended Horace Baptist Church. He was also a supporter of the Athens Christian Church. He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, faithful uncle and brother-in-law, and jovial friend to many.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 12 from 4-7 p.m. at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home in Paris. Masonic services will be held at 3:30 p.m. prior to the visitation. Services celebrating his life begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Edgar Cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post #211 and V.F.W. 3601.
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