Dr. Robert Lee McEntyre
1944 - 2021
BORN
1944
DIED
2021
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Dr. Robert Lee McEntyre

Dec. 27, 1944 - July 14, 2021

BLOOMINGTON - Dr. Robert Lee McEntyre, 76, of Bloomington, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at his home.

His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna, Bloomington. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna or to The Kids of St. Jude.

Bob was born December 27, 1944 in Riverside, California, a son of Claude Harmon and Kathryn Louise Gore McEntyre. He married Barbara Smith on September 23, 1972 at Historic St. Patrick Catholic Church, Bloomington, and she survives.

He is also survived by his two daughters: Laura (Jordan Valdez) McEntyre and Julie (Michael) Dancs; and two brothers: John (Marilyn) McEntyre and Tommy (Jennifer) McEntyre.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era, earned his undergraduate degrees in Pre-Med and Chemistry at the University of Southern California, and graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He served his internship at Cornell University Medical Center, continued his career as an emergency room physician at Mennonite, then BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, and retired from McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

Although he made his career in medicine, his true passion was drumming. Ever the perfectionist, he was always practicing some complicated rhythm even when he was not in front of a drum set. An avid jazz, blues, and Brazillian drummer, Bob was most recently playing gigs with Painkillers Blues Band in Champaign and Straight Answer Jazz Trio in Bloomington.

In the words of Dr. Bob, "Music is love in search of words... and I have lots of love!"

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Published by The Pantagraph on Jul. 16, 2021.
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19
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St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna
, Bloomington, IL
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19
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St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna
, Bloomington, IL
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Bob was the most grooving and intuitive drummer I ever played with. He knew when to groove, when to play fills, and how to phrase with a horn player. His playing was never static or automatic. He always listened and made any group he was in sound great. Playing with him was one of the biggest highlights of my musical career. My sincere condolences go to his family during this difficult time.
Kevin Kizer
Other
July 19, 2021
To a true gentleman that was an incredibly talented drummer. The music community will miss you. Rest In Peace Dr. Bob.
Jimmy
Friend
July 19, 2021
Barbara, sorry I never got the privilege of meeting your husband, he sounded like an incredible human being. My deepest sympathies, and prayers for you and your family.
Sarah Hazelhurst
Other
July 19, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bob´s passing. My condolences to his family. I appreciated his service in the MDH ER while I served as President/CEO there. I regret that I didn´t hear him play the drums.
Steve Hopper
July 18, 2021
Gary Muhammad
July 18, 2021
Never was a nicer guy, always friendly, enthusiastic, and looking for drumming gigs. A real loss to the music community. Will be missed.
Rich Palmer
Friend
July 18, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the family of Dr Bob. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with you and to get to know you. You was an amazing Doctor as well as an amazing person. You will always be one of my favorite memories.
Brian Lannery
Friend
July 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss, you have all of our prayers.
Candy, Joe and Sam Bilotti
Work
July 16, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. Dr. Mcentyre was a wonderful mentor and physician. I would not trade what I learned from him for anything.
Barbara Barclay
Work
July 16, 2021
Sincere sympathy on the loss of Dr. Bob. We worked together at Brokaw in the `80´s and will never forget him. His and Barb´s home was always open for ER Christmas parties. A wonderful man.
Beverley Wyman
Work
July 16, 2021
Barb, I´m so sorry to learn about Bob´s passing. We will keep you and your daughters in our prayer. Love, Feli and Jim
Feli Sebastian
Friend
July 16, 2021
Barb, so sorry to read this.. you have our deepest sympathy..think of you more often than you could know and our old PCU days.. love and thoughts to you and the girls..The Barclays
Kathy Barclay
Friend
July 16, 2021
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