Robert Lee "Bob" Washington
1938 - 2020
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GALESBURG - Robert Lee "Bob" Washington, 81, Galesburg, died at 1:19 a.m. Monday May 11, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

He was born June 8, 1938, in Greenville, Mississippi, to Guy and Maggie (Brown) Washington. He married his lifelong partner of 20 years, Lorraine (Woods) Washington, on July 11, 2017. She survives.

He leaves to cherish his memories four children, Shirley Washington and Ramona Mack of Peoria, Rodney (Versia) Mack of Columbus, Georgia, and Jackie (Jonathon) Robertson of Norfolk, Virginia; five stepchildren, Greg Davis, Jennifer Davis and Brandy Mabry, all of Peoria, Nicole (Will) Machen of Oceanside, California, and Pierre Woods of Jersey City, New Jersey; two brothers, Thomas Cayson of Peoria and Roger Washington of Galesburg; four sisters, Celestine Dunn of Houston and Hardy (Melvin) Evans, Gloria (John) Clark and Letha (Edward) Cagle, all of Peoria; special friends of 50 years, Michael (Mattie) Steward of Galesburg; and a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandkids, great-grandkids and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Willie Washington, Toulem Washington, Willie B. Brown and Jimmie Washington; and one sister, Elsie Miller.

Bob worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 2004. He loved to fish, play bingo and cards and go to the casino. Bob was a member of the New Home Missionary Baptist Church.

Due to the COVID pandemic and social distancing, a drive-thru visitation and viewing will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May, 22, 2020, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. following the visitation at East Linwood Cemetery, with Rev. Kimberly Bonds officiating. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at

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Published in The Register-Mail on May 16, 2020.
Graveside service
02:00 PM
East Linwood Cemetery
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May 17, 2020
Condolences to the family, sending prayers for the family. R.I.P.
Karyn Freeman
May 16, 2020
Very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Bob. He will be missed.
Monty Way
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