ROANOKE - Robert E. Bayer, 79, of Roanoke passed away at 2:17 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Heartland Manor Care Center in Peoria.
He was born on Sept. 22, 1934, in Wyoming, Ill., a son of Edwin and Nettie Ault Bayer. He married Margaret Grant on Oct. 7, 1956, in Elmira, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Annette (Michael) Bimmerley of Rockford; son, Dana Bayer of Roanoke; grandchildren, Nick and Robert Bimmerly; two brothers, James Bayer of Wyoming, Ill., and Gary Bayer of Topeka, Kan.; and one sister, Mildred Stubbs of Scottsdale, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Florence Muckey and Ida Bayer.
Robert enjoyed spending summers in Mesa, Ariz. He also enjoyed playing golf and played in the Roanoke Golf Summer League in years past.
A memorial service will be on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. The Rev. Charlie Graul will officiate. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation has been accorded, and burial of cremains will be in Wyoming, Ill. at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Roanoke Ambulance service.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.knappjohnsonharrisfuneralhome.com.