LACON - Robert Charles Birdsell, 88, of Lacon, Ill., passed away at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at his residence in Lacon.
He was born on Feb. 1, 1925, in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of the late Robert H. and Flossie Mason Birdsell. He married Marilyn Jason on July 7, 1955, in Wenona, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are four daughters, Joyce (Ed) Payne of Chillicothe, Ill., Peggy Galpin and Ginny (Mike) Moore, both of Lacon, Ill., and Esther Golden (Scott Weygand) of Washburn, Ill.; two sons, Bobby Birdsell of Glasgow, Ky., and Mike (Kay) Bell of Sheffield, Ill.; four brothers, Frank (Annabelle) Birdsell, Alvin (Neta) Birdsell of Jacksonville, Ill., Clarence Birdsell of Florida, and William (Nancy) Birdsell of Georgia; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A U.S. Army veteran, Robert served his country with Company D 202 Infantry during World War II. He was a member of the Walter Guede American Legion Post 593 in Lacon.
Robert worked for 20 years at Bemis Bag in Peoria, Ill., and also did farming.
He raised his daughters and sons, along with having a hand in raising many kids in town.
Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Lenz Memorial Home. Mike Barclay will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., before the service. Cremation rites will be accorded and burial of ashes will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Jason Cemetery in rural Lacon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walter Guede American Legion Post 593.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at lenzmemorialhome.com.
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