Robert Nelmes

CUBA - Robert L. Nelmes, 91, of Cuba died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Graham Hospital in Canton after a brief illness.

Robert was born Oct. 11, 1921, in a country home in rural Cuba to William and Alta May (Murphy) Nelmes.

He graduated from Cuba High School in 1938 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the medical corps overseas from 1942 to 1945.

He married Doris Smith, his love and best friend, on March 7, 1947, in Palmyra, Mo.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, Robert is survived by his two children, Donna Schmeiser (Bruce) of West Lafayette, Ind., and Dale Nelmes (Lynne) of McHenry, Ill.; four grandsons, Bryan (Tara) and Michael (Susan) Schmeiser, Matthew (Lindsay) and Andrew Nelmes; and four great-grandsons, Cale, Luke, Liam and Grant.

Robert began farming in Cuba, Ill. at the age of 16, and continued farming in Lafayette, Ill., for more than 30 years. He was well-respected as both a livestock and grain producer.

He retired to his hometown of Cuba in 1990. He was actively involved in many community organizations including the Stark County Farm Bureau, Goshen Township Board, Mid-Century Telephone Board, and the American Legion. He served on the Stark County Selective Service Board during the tumultuous Vietnam War era. In addition, he was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in both Cuba and Lafayette.

Robert was an avid reader, especially politics. He was a die-hard Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan. In truth, he thoroughly enjoyed all sports and engaged in lively conversations with each of his grandsons.

He was a gardener and the landscape around his home is a testament to his lifelong love and skill associated with growing plants. His generosity to others was recognized in the church and community. Robert will be remembered for his joking nature and endless probing questions.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Cuba United Methodist Church. Family will be present at the church at 10 a.m. for visitation. Lunch will be served in the church basement following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cuba United Methodist Church or the Grant Keime Memorial Clinic in Cuba. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba is in charge of arrangements.

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Funeral Home

Henry-Lange Memorial Home
322 East Main Street Cuba, IL 61427
(309) 785-2791

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 17, 2013