PEKIN ~ Robert G. "Bob" Burress, 77, of Pekin, passed away at 10:14 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
Born March 19, 1941 in Corinth, Mississippi to Olen Quentin and Willie Mae (Barnett) Burress, he married Mary J. (Graves) Lavin on December 2, 1988 in Groveland. She survives.
Also surviving are four children, Michael (Karla) Burress, David Burress, Jason (Amy) Lavin and Sarah (Dustin) Wrhel, all of Pekin; eight grandchildren, Thomas Burress, Jennifer (Joe) Howard, Braden Lavin, Avery Lavin, Connor Wrhel, Brock Lavin, Roenick Smith and Easton Smith and one sister, Frances Smith of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and one sister.
He was a 1987 graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Social Science.
Bob was a dedicated public servant, working for the City of Pekin for 27 years, retiring in 1995 as Chief of Police, a position he held from 1992 to 1995. During his career with the Pekin Police Department, Bob was instrumental in investigating Operation Grainlord, a multimillion dollar grain fraud scheme. He was a longtime member of the M.E.G. Board and the 911 Board in Tazewell County. He also helped start the neighborhood crime prevention program in Pekin. He started his work life at Laidlaw Wire in Bartonville and at Pekin Park District.
In retirement, Bob served as a member of the Tazewell County Board of Review, Cincinnati Township Assessor and a founding member and director for the Illinois Public Pension Fund. He also served on the City of Pekin Police and Fire Pension fund. He was a member of Pekin Moose Family Center 916 and also Pekin AMBUCS.
Bob was all about community service and especially helping and mentoring others. If you knew Bob, you would be touched by him. Bob attended Pekin First Church of the Nazarene.
His memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor W. Lloyd Brock will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow the service in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Honors will be accorded by the Pekin Police Department.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554 as Bob was big into animals.
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