ARMINGTON - Robert "Bob" Israel, 92, of Armington passed away on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 2:51 p.m. at his home.
Funeral services for Mr. Israel will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Armington Christian Church, with Mr. Ed Loyd officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Armington Christian Church. Burial will be in Oak View Cemetery in rural Armington. Quiram Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Burt Israel was born on Aug. 10, 1920, in rural Armington, the son of Ralph Lesley and Leatha Burt Israel. He married Jann Imig Melton on Sept. 7, 1961. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Wesley (Nancy) Melton of Leroy, Lawrence (Jackie) Melton of Columbia, Md., Mary (John) Papenhause of Tremont, Robert Ralph (Gail) Israel of Tre- mont and Richard "Pickle" (Kristie) Israel of Armington; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Homer Israel; and two grandchildren, Mindi Alicia Melton and Justine Louise Papenhause.
Bob graduated from Hittle Township High School in 1940 and then completed a course at Coyne Electric in Chicago. He retired in 1982 from Schertz Hardware in Minier after 41 years of service.
During his high school years, Bob became "The Scorekeeper" for Armington Grade and High School, and later for Trioka, McLean and Olympia High School boys and girls, which continued for over 60 years. Bob was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1981, received a Merit Award from Director of Athletic Directors, the Friend of the Game Award from Lincoln Basketball Officials Association, the Interscholastic Athletic Distinguished Service Award for Basketball and was selected for the Olympia Activities Hall of Fame. He retired at the end of the 2000-2001 season, receiving a plaque from Olympia School District for 50 years of scorekeeping. He missed only one home game his entire career.
Bob also served on the Armington Village Board from 1945 to 1972, serving as mayor from 1965 until 1972. He was a member of the Armington Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to either Armington Christian Church or Armington Rescue Squad.