Robert L. Cantrall

BUFFALO - Robert L. Cantrall, 83, of Buffalo and formerly of Springfield passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in rural Petersburg.

He was born August 13, 1929, in Auburn, the son of Frank and Anna Schroeder Cantrall. He married Phyllis J. Kruse on January 5, 1952, in Ashland and she preceded him in death on July 20, 2001.

He is survived by a daughter, Brenda Shanle (husband, Delbert) of Buffalo; a son, Mike Cantrall (wife, Becky) of Asheville, NC; three grandchildren: Shane Shanle (wife, April) of Buffalo, Joshua Cantrall (wife, Jennifer) of Bremerton, WA, and Jordan Cantrall of Asheville, NC; four great-grandchildren: Morgan and Evan Shanle and Zachary and Ethan Cantrall; a nephew, Jim Meyerhoff; and a niece, Judy Reynolds.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Stella Meyerhoff and Inez Wilson.

Mr. Cantrall served as a Sergeant First Class with the US Army from 1951-1955 during the Korean War. He was employed at Fiat-Allis in Springfield for 35 years and later worked with the Illinois State Lottery Commission for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 3013, at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland. There will be no visitation.

The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements. Condolen-ces may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Ashland Chapel
221 W. Editor St.  Ashland, IL 62612
(217) 476-3304