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Robert E. Brinkmeier

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SPRINGFIELD - Robert E. "Bob" Brinkmeier of Springfield died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born in Stephenson County, the son of Daniel F. and Nellie Asche Brinkmeier. His first wife, Inez, preceded him in death.

Mr. Brinkmeier was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University and a Master of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. He was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Forreston High School from 1948 to 1968. He continued teaching and coaching at Aquin Catholic High School in Freeport from 1968 to 1973. He was a substitute teacher at various high schools in the Springfield area.

He was elected in 1967 as a state representative with the 35th district of the Illinois General Assembly, serving for 10 years. He also served as assistant director of the Illinois State Fair, director of legislation of the attorney general's office, program administrator for Eastern Illinois University, administrative hearing officer for the secretary of state, lobbyist for the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association and with the Speakers Bureau of the secretary of state's office.

He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1981. He was a member of the Illinois Education Association, National Education Association, Springfield Downtown Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus Council 364, American Legion Post 32, Pasfield Men's Golf Club and Christ the King Church.

Survivors: two sons, Zack and Dane Brinkmeier, both of Springfield; brother, Wayne Brinkmeier of Port Byron; sister, Leola Schneiderman of Freeport; several nieces and nephews; and former wife, Robin Brinkmeier of Springfield.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Christ the King Church, Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Graveside services: at a later date in Freeport.

Bisch Funeral Home West is in charge of arrangements.

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