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R. Walker Robb, Jr.

December 1, 1929 ~ October 20, 2017 (age 87)

R. Walker Robb, Jr. of Bloomington, formerly of Macomb, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017 at Advocate Bro-Menn Medical Center in Normal.

Walker was born on December 1, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Elmina and Robert Walker Robb. He left Pittsburgh after finishing high school and hitchhiked his way to the Midwest, finding himself in Monmouth, IL, where he matriculated at Monmouth College and from which he graduated in 1951. Despite placing roots in west-central Illinois, he remained devoted to the Steelers and Pirates until his dying day, notwithstanding all the Cubs, Cardinals and Bears fan who surrounded him in Macomb and Bloomington.

He met and wooed Macomb, IL native Mary Ellen Herndon, cementing their union with a wedding on June 20, 1954. When she passed away in 2010, they had celebrated 55 years together, creating a family of three children, Elizabeth Robb (Alan) Sender of Normal, Cynthia (Rick) Samples, Winona, MN, and David (Karen Robb) of Plano, TX, and seven grandchildren, Tyler (Erin Rein) and Hailey Samples, Jessica and Molly Sender and Elijah, Jacob and Seth Robb, who all survive him.

Walker was a proud member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Monmouth College and served two years as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was a committed and active community supporter of Macomb and McDonough County, IL, co-chairing the Red Cross Fund Drive, serving on the Macomb City Library board, the United Fund board, the Macomb Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Macomb Jaycees and the Boy Scouts of America. In his later years, unable to walk, his power chair displayed a banner reflecting the 18 gallons of blood he had donated over the years.

He was particularly devoted to all things Kiwanis and served that organization for some five decades, concluding with his membership in the Bloomington Golden K Club. For more than 50 years, he was a member in good standing of the Free and Accepted Masons lodge in Bethel Park, PA.

Walker Robb never met a stranger or forgot a name. He made it his mission to learn about the families and lives of anyone who made his acquaintance.

He greatly enjoyed his last years at Westminster Village in Bloomington, where he made many good friends. And his time there was made more special thanks to his ever present caregiver Mary Carter, who Walker’s family can never thank enough for her care, devotion and willingness to put up with his eccentricities.

Cremation rites were accorded. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date in Macomb. Donations in Walker’s memory may be made to the Westminster Village Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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