Robert Rentfro


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Posted Online: Feb. 02, 2013, 9:18 pm
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Robert Monroe Rentfro, 85, Mulkeytown, Ill., died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Avonlea Cottage, Milan.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Highview Christian Church, 403 James Parkway, Washington, IL. 61571. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. at the church. A second memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Mulkeytown Christian Church in Mulkeytown. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery in Mulkeytown. Funeral Home directing: Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, IL. Memorial donations may be made to Mulkeytown Cemetery Association or to Avonlea Cottage where he recently lived and was lovingly cared for by the staff for the past two months.
He was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Mulkeytown, to Barney Alva and Anna Sylvia Kirkpatrick Rentfro. He married Anna L. Nieukirk in 1950, and she preceded in death in 1975. He married Fern Moberly. He later married Ione Geick, and she preceded in death in December 2001, he then married Billie Chambers Rentfro, and she preceded in death in May 2011.
He moved to the Peoria area to work for Caterpillar Inc. and retired in 1982 after 32 years of service.
Bob enjoyed his retirement years at the Rentfro Lake property in Mulkeytown.
He resided at Heritage Woods Assisted Living in Aledo from the fall of 2011 until November 2012. He then moved to Avonlea Cottage in Milan.
He was past worshipful master and member of Taylor Lodge 98 in Washington, Ill., for 50 years. He was also a member of the Mohammed Shrine hillbilly clan, fun maker unit in Peoria, Ill., and was a lifetime member of the Izaak Walton League in Metamora, Ill. He was a charter member of the Germantown Hills Christian Church and a member of the Christopher Christian Church in Christopher.
He served in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge in 1948. He was a World War II veteran.
Surviving are children, Roberta (Frank) Wiese, of Washington, Roger Rentfro, of Washington, Daniel (Susan) Rentfro of East Peoria, Ill., Donna Fargher of Washington, Patrick (Tracy) Rentfro of Aledo,David (Lyn) Rentfro of Mulkeytown; grandchildren, Heather Corrior, David (Sarah) Wiese, Rachel Rentfro,Melissa (Jade) Miller, Jillanna Rentfro, Chad (Shea) Fargher, Bill Fargher, Josh McWilliams, Alana (Dan) Colcord, Curtis (Heather) Rentfro, Amanda Rentfro, and Jessica Rentfro; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his father, mother and sister, Eileen Baer.
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