ROCHELLE — Robert Hugh Felker, 81, of Rochelle, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, surrounded by his family.
Bob was born April 8, 1931 in Freeport, the son of Hugh and Ruth (Newcomer) Felker. He spent his childhood years in Mount Morris and then attended Iowa State University, earning a degree in Agriculture.
He wed his childhood sweetheart, Suzanne Billig, on Aug. 18, 1951 in Mount Morris.
Bob is predeceased by his parents and daughter-in-law, Georgia “Dee” Felker.
Bob began his employment with Del Monte Corporation in 1954 and was a dedicated employee for 35 years which included several cross country relocations. He retired in 1989. During retirement, Bob enjoyed gardening and keeping the farm beautiful. The family farm blossomed over the years with much careful management and determination. He was a life-long caretaker of God’s creation. For 32 years, he looked forward to being on the beach at Anna Maria Island, Fla.
Hope, his Westie, held a special place in his heart.
In the past, Bob participated in his community as Rochelle Chamber of Commerce President 1978-1979, GREDCO and Rochelle Community Hospital Foundation Board. He was most currently a member of Rochelle Golden K, Rochelle United Methodist Church, Scottish Rite Valley of Freeport, Tebala Shrine and a member for more than 50 years of the Horicon Masonic Lodge #244.
Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue, and his three children, Bob of Rockford, Bill (Janell) of Crystal, Minn., and Barb (Ray) Reineck of Rochelle. Bob especially loved his grandchildren, Samuel Felker, Sarah (Jacob) Zaske, Suzie (Mark) Hester, Sage Felker, Ruthie Felker, Ali (Dylan) Reid and Brooke (Max) Sulzberger. He was blessed to welcome six great-grandchildren, Sierra, Caleb, Addison, Shayley, Claire and Grace. He is also survived by a brother, Albert (Marge) Felker; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Rochelle United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 with Rev. Cindy Marino, Pastor Jacob Zaske and Chaplain Judy Williams officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Morris at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rochelle Horicon Masonic Lodge 244, Rochelle Golden K or Rochelle United Methodist Church.
And finally, what is life but a journey? If you arrive at the end surrounded by those who love you, then you are a great success. And that is you…. goodbye and all our love.
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