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Robert O. Polley


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Robert O. Polley Obituary
Robert O. Polley 1924 - 2018
Atlanta, IL—Robert O. "Bob" Polley, 94, of Atlanta, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 8:32 a.m. at his home.
Funeral Services for Bob will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Atlanta Christian Church with Mr. Don Green officiating. Burial will be in the Atlanta Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by Gresham Crutchley Post #341 of Atlanta.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Christian Church, with Masonic Rites being accorded at 7:00 p.m. by Atlanta Lodge #165 A.F. & A.M.
Additional visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday.
Robert O. Polley was born on August 31, 1924, north of Atlanta, the son of Alva and Bertha Pauline Chowning Polley. He was united in marriage with Betty Jane Leathers on June 5, 1949, at the Oblong Christian Church. She survives.
Also surviving are one son: Rick (Janet) Polley, one daughter: Becky (Jim) Pinney; daughter-in-law: Lisa Polley; two brothers: Wayne Polley and Jim Polley; nine grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son: Robert O. Polley II; two brothers; one sister; and one great-granddaughter.
Bob graduated from the Hittle Township High School in Armington, then received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Illinois. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1951. Bob had the honor of going on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in October 2012.
He taught Agriculture and Math classes for the Hartsburg- Emden High School and was an F.F.A. Sponsor for 32 years. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America Foundation for 65 years. Bob received the Honorary State Farmer Degree in 1977 and Honorary American Farmer Degree in 1981. His hobbies included reading, gardening, and canning tomatoes.
He was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and the Illinois Education Association, and a member of Dewitt- Logan Retired Teachers Association.
Bob was a member and past Master of the Atlanta Masonic Lodge #165 A.F. & A.M., Bloomington Consistory, & 32nd Degree Mason. He was past Worthy Patron of Atlanta Chapter Order of Eastern Star and a lifetime member of Lalla Rookh Chapter in Springfield.
He was the first person to start the haylift relief effort to South Carolina in 1986. Bob was the Lincoln Courier Citizen of the Month in April 1988.
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Christian Church or Atlanta Rescue Squad.
Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Lincoln Courier from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, 2018
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