WASHINGTON - Robert "Bob" Jacob Kammermann, age 90, of Washington passed away peacefully to heaven on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Snyder Village in Metamora, Ill.
He was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Forrest, Ill., to Robert Emil Kammermann and Esther Virginia Lamboley.
Bob was a proud second generation American, with his grandfather, Jakob Kammermann, emigrating from Guggisberg, Switzerland.
Bob lived at home in Forrest until graduation from Forrest High School. In 1940, Bob began his 40-year career in Peoria, Ill., for Bell Telephone Co.
In November 1942, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a member of the "Greatest Generation." He began his training at the Great Lakes Naval Station and then served in the World War II Pacific Campaign on the USS Reno II as a fire control man as part of the 5th Fleet. After the ship was badly damaged by a torpedo in November 1944, the USS Reno II was taken back to the U.S. mainland for repair. Mr. Kammermann was honorably discharged in January of 1946. He then returned to work at Illinois Bell.
Over the years, Bob received several promotions until he became a supervisor in Peoria and East Peoria equipment offices and remained there until he retired in 1979.
Bob married the love of his life, Leona Louise Shobe, of Forrest, Ill., on April 24, 1946, when he came home from proudly serving our nation in World War II. They first settled in Morton, Ill., and then in 1952 moved to Washington, Ill. It is in Washington that they raised their family on Wagner Place, which was later renamed Redbud Drive.
Bob was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church, where his wife, Leona, was a long-time member until her death in 2004.
Mr. Kammermann is survived by his daughters and one son, Karen Kammermann Smith (Terry Smith) of Irvine, Calif., Sandra Kammermann (Robert "Skip" Valois) of Columbia, S.C., and Don Kammermann (Debra Chasco Kammermann) of Washington, Ill. He is survived by five loving grandchildren, Wendy Smith Marchant (Lorne Marchant) of Ojai, Calif., Corinna Smith Bagley (Todd Bagley) of Lake Forest, Calif., Kate Kammermann Decker (Matt Decker) of Woodstock, Ga., Laura Kammermann of St. Augustine, Fla., and Aubrie Valois of New York, N.Y. He leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, Jake, Shane, Savannah and Chase Marchant, Madeline, Grant and Isaac Bagley, and Vincent Decker; as well as many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. One sister, Mary Margaret Stretch, also survives Mr. Kammermann.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Leona; his parents; two sisters, Alice Hirstein and Frances Stowe; and one brother, John Paul Kammermann.
Bob will always be remembered as a loving husband to his beloved wife, a treasured father, loving grandfather, Uncle "Bobert" and friend to all.
A service to celebrate Bob's life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington with the Rev. Tom Goodell officiating. Following Bob's service, the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall at Washington Evangelical United Methodist Church. A private family burial will be on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Forrest Township Cemetery in rural Forrest, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Ill., or the Boys Town organization.
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