Robert John "Bob" Warburton

WASHINGTON - Robert John "Bob" Warburton, 48, of Washington passed away at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at his mother's home in Washington.

He was born on Aug. 1, 1957, in Peoria to Theodore "Ted" and Ruth I. Taylor Warburton.

Survivors include his daughter, Christina Warburton of Washington; his son, Brent Warburton of Lincoln; his mother, Ruth Warburton of Washington; two sisters, Margaret Cook of Peoria and Mary Ann (and Greg) Heinsman of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; one brother, David (and Ana) Warburton of Oswego; one uncle, John Taylor of El Paso; and his special friend and partner, Pam Heger of Chillicothe.

Mr. Warburton was the telephone administrator for the Journal Star in Peoria, where he had worked more than 21 years.

A graduate of Washington Community High School in 1975, he then earned a degree from Illinois Central College and attended Bradley University.

He had been a member of the Washington Jaycees and also formerly was active in the Boy Scouts of America, both as a youth and adult leader, serving as assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 163 in Washington.

For many years, he was an avid photographer. Then in 1998, he got his ham radio license and had been enjoying being part of ham radio. Bob was known for being good natured and his sense of humor. He was a good father and provider to his children, which were his number-one priority.

He also was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington.

A memorial service will be held at Mason-White Funeral Home on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with the Reverend Bob DeBolt officiating.

Burial of ashes will be in the Minonk Cemetery following the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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Published by Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 10, 2006.
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