Robert W. "Bob" Thurman

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WASHINGTON - Robert "Bob" W. Thurman, 65, of Washington died peacefully at 12 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Jan. 27, 1949, in Peoria to Royal T. and Louise N. Barrett Thurman. He married Amanda S. Despines on March 13, 1971, at First Baptist Church in Creve Coeur.

Bob is survived by his wife, Amanda; his children, Mike (Lorie) Thurman of Washington, Beth (Louie) Boyer of Washington and Mark (Jamie) Thurman of Washington; six grandchildren, Katelyn, Sara, Louie, Emily, Grace and Ella; one sister, Judy Crackel; one brother, John (Starr) Thurman; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marie.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam in transportation from 1969 to 1970.

After his time in the service, he worked for Despines 66 Service, his future father-in-law's gas station, in East Peoria. He worked at East Peoria District 86 as a maintenance supervisor for 27 years. During a break at District 86, he also worked in maintenance at Methodist Hospital. After retirement, he then went to work for Tazewell/Woodford Head Start, preparing and maintaining the old Washington School on Leadley Avenue in East Peoria. He also owned and operated Bob's Heating and AC service. He was fondly referred to as "Bob the Builder" due to his ability to fix, repair and build nearly everything.

Bob's love of fishing, auctions, motorcycles and camping made him friends all over. He could often be found helping those in need when he wasn't enjoying his hobbies. Later in life, his six grandchildren provided him much joy, especially when he and his wife took them camping.

There will be a funeral service for Bob on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Pastor Jeff Browning will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Brimfield Cemetery in Brimfield.

Memorials may be made to Mark Linder Walk for the Mind to support brain cancer research at or to the American Brain Tumor Association at

Bob's memorial website is available at, where condolences may be sent to the family.

Funeral Home
Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory - Washington
2075 Washington Road  Washington, IL 61571
(309) 745-5999
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 23, 2014
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