Robert "Bob" Cline, 86, of 2801 Parkwood, Quincy, died peacefully at 9:27 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 23, 2012) in his home. Bob was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Menard County, a son of Joseph and Julia M. Peterson Cline. He married Virginia Ruth Ventress on April 28, 1946, in the First Christian Church in Springfield He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944-1946 aboard a LCT. Following his service, Bob attended the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis and worked as a mortician for four years in Springfield and Tuscola areas. He joined the Illinois State Police in 1954. He retired in 1984 with the rank of lieutenant and as the director of Fleet Services for the State of Illinois. Bob and Ruth lived in Mount Pulaski for more than 40 years raising their three daughters. They vacationed for more than 40 years every winter in Naples, Fla. They enjoyed many outdoor activities. Bob also enjoyed taking care of his lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers, gardening, restoring old cars and working on his computer. Bob was a member of the First Christian Church in Quincy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years, and was also a Shriner for 30 years. In addition to Ruth, his wife of 66 Â½ years, survivors include daughters, Alessandra "Sandy" of Lafayette, Colo., and Lynn Shima and her husband, Dr. Mark Shima of Hannibal, Mo.; a granddaughter, Amanda Baietto; a grandson, Michael; stepgrandchildren, Mark T. and Carolyn K. Shima and an adopted grandson, Justin Newby. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Sue Ann Newby-Steinblock. SERVICES: No formal services are planned. VISITATION: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday memorial visitation will be held in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Greenmount Cemetery. MEMORIALS: First Christian Church or to the Quincy Public Library. ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, Quincy. WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2012