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Russel R. Robards

1/16/1942 - 11/20/2017

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Russel Raymond “Russ” Robards, 75, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 7:18 p.m. Monday November 20, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born January 16, 1942 in Wheeler, IL to Harry and Opal (Lytle) Robards, he married Sheila Kralman on November 26, 1966 in Effingham.  They were married one week short of 51 years.  She survives.  

Also surviving are six daughters, Bridget (Russell Winstead) Tindall of Bloomington, Anissa (Danny) Henry of Pekin, Shanon Robards of Pekin, Wenora Robards of Pekin, Lena Robards of Peoria, Krystle (Rick Hahn) Robards of Marquette Heights; three sons, Russel Robards II of Greeley, CO, Paul (Diann) Robards of Paris, TX, Travis (Richelle) Robards of Peoria; twenty grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ina Maroon of Altamont, Anita (Steve) Harris of Crossville, TN; three brothers, Leonard Robards of Mattoon, Joe Robards of Chillicothe and Curtis Robards of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and five brothers.

Russ had served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He had worked for Caterpillar, Inc. as a Millwright for 34 years, retiring on April 1, 1999.

Russ was a member of the North Pekin Amvets Post #169 and the Creve Coeur VFW Post #4835 where he ran the Bingo games.

An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, Russ enjoyed fishing, cooking, playing pool, wood working and building things, including an aviary and the front porch on his home.  He had also coached baseball for the North Pekin and Marquette Heights Recreation Centers.  He loved going to the Busy Corner Restaurant in Pekin.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, November 24, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor John Plunkett will officiate.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Military rites will be accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.  Cremation will be accorded following service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Heart of Illinois Chapter #1, Post Office Box 472, Chillicothe, IL 61523.

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