Robert W. Brown, 81, of Peoria, IL passed away at 10:58 a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria, IL.

He was born on December 9, 1935 in Scotland County, MO, son of the late Charles and Louella Bertram Brown. He married Donna Hastings on June 10, 1955.  He later married Diane Grimm Kuecker on January 22, 1983 in Peoria, IL.

Surviving are his wife, two sons Michael (Marilyn) Brown of Eureka, IL; Steven (Audrey) Brown of Metamora, IL; two daughters Brenda (Michael) Roe of Rutledge, MO; and Theresa Bohm of Washington, IL.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; along with one sister, Isabelle Sanchez of North Whittier, CA.  Further surviving are two step-daughters Lynn (Michael) Craig of Germantown Hills, IL; and Amy (Michael) Deckard of Parker, CO; along with four step-grandchildren.

Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Bob worked at Caterpillar Tractor for 36 years, retiring from the Mossville plant in 1993.  He was a member of Taylor Lodge 98 AF & AM in Washington, IL where he served as a past master.  Bob was a member of First Baptist Church of Peoria where he fulfilled the position of a trustee.  He enjoyed playing music with the “Goat Ropers” musical group for seven years.  Bob was an avid musician/singer and enjoyed a 15-year retirement job with Flores Music repairing violins.  He also shared many hobbies with Diane including road trips, antiquing, reading and gardening.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Peoria, 411 W. Lake Ave.  A Masonic Service will be held at 10:45 a.m. conducted by Taylor Masonic Lodge 98 AF & AM.  Following the Masonic service, a memorial service will be held, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy.

Burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date at Glendale Cemetery in Washington, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be given to his church.

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