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Robert Bond Webb

Birth Date: February 8, 1922
Death Date: July 16, 2017

Robert “Squire” Bond Webb, 95, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Decatur IL.

Services to celebrate Robert’s life will be held at Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St, Decatur IL, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 with Pastor Don Martin officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation at Central Christian at 10:00, one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Graceland-Fairlawn Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church at 650 W. William St, Decatur IL, 62522 or Lincoln Trails Boy Scout Council, 262 W. Prairie Ave, Decatur, IL 62523.

Robert was born February 8, 1922 in Mt. Vernon, IL, the son of Herman W. and Helen Bond Webb. He married his wife of 72 years, Wanda Lee Beck, on October 14, 1945 in Mt. Vernon. She survives.

Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and successfully flew 45 combat missions in South Pacific Theatre as a B24 Pilot. Robert studied Mathematics at Southern Illinois University before the war, and, after completing his military service, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Civil Engineering. Robert was a Registered Professional Engineer and the Superintendent of Gas Operations at Illinois Power Company where he served for 45 years before retiring. He was a member of Central Christian Church for 65 years, where he faithfully served as an Elder, a Deacon and a youth leader. He was honored in 2006 as Elder Emeritus. Robert served in leadership for Boy Scout Troop 119 at Central Christian.

During retirement, Robert was a member of the Golden Kiwanis Service Organization, volunteered for DOVE, enjoyed traveling, eagerly camped all over Illinois and the US, and especially looked forward to camping at Ludington State Park, MI. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed woodworking, helping his family, keeping up with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching all major sports.

Robert leaves behind his wife, Wanda; son, C. Robert (Anne) Webb; daughters, Becky Johnston, Sarah (Craig) Hammond, Amy Mattingly and fiancé, Don Doehrman; daughter, Susan (Paul) Hartstirn is deceased; grandchildren, Christina (Christopher) Branham, Tim (Karyn) Webb, Jon (Mollie) Webb, Jennifer (Chris) Hartwig, Phillip (Shelley) Johnston, Celia Johnston, Julia (Scott) Dolejs, Mary Hartstirn, Kaite Konoplisky, Ben Konoplisky, Adam Mattingly, and Daniel Mattingly; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Tyler Branham, Stella Webb, Keller Webb, Jacob and Charlie Hartwig, Callum Johnston, Emily Konoplisky, and Gabriel and Judah Dolejs; sister-in-law, Dorma Beck; nephews, Stewart (Nancy) Webb, Clinton (Nancy) Webb, Roland Webb, Bill (Barb) Beck, and Jean Beck; cousins, Myra (Mike) Michael, Janice(Dale) Featherstone, Dave (Phyllis) Edmison and Pauline Fleming.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, George and Stella Beck; daughter, Susan Hartstirn; great-grandson, Cole Webb; brother, Wilton (Roberta) Webb; brother-in-law, Bob Beck; sisters, Marjorie (Bill) Wood and Margaret Webb; nephews, Jon Webb and Jeff (Linda)Webb; nieces, Polly Vogel and Eleanor Webb.

The family wishes to extend gratitude to Dr. Anthony McCormack for his compassion while caring for Robert over the years, and the Many for your prayers and friendship.

Well done Good and Faithful Servant.

The family of Robert Bond Webb is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Burial Following Services
July 22, 2017
Graceland Cemetery
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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Celebration of Life
July 22, 2017
11:00 am
Central Christian Church
.650 West William Street Decatur, IL 62522
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Visitation prior to ceremony
July 22, 2017
10:00 am
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Central Christian Church
.650 West William Street Decatur, IL 62522
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  1. Becky, so sorry to hear about your dad. I remember meeting him years ago. He was a kind and gentle soul and he loved his family so much.

  2. Bob, I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Treasure your memories of him. I can see there must be many great ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  3. Dear Wanda and family,
    Bob will long be remembered by us, as a wonderful man of outstanding qualities. He will always be an example in our minds and hearts as to how we should treat others, and Bob seem to do this as his core belief. Illinois Power was a better place to work because of Bob. He went out of his way for others. We both remember not only Bob's kindness to us, but Wanda's good heart also. May the happy memories keep you . Bill and Loretta See.

  4. Sorry to hear of Squire's passing. We were backyard neighbors when we lived in Decatur and enjoyed visiting over the fence. We also enjoyed the produce he shared with us from his garden. He and Wanda were always pleasant and we enjoyed them. Blessings to Wanda and family. Lee and Judy Torbeck

  5. Dear Anne, Bob and family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Prayers for guidance and strength during this difficult time.
    Glen & Marcia Johnson
    Lake Havasu City, Az.

  6. One of my favorite memories of Pa… every time we would leave a family gathering at their house on 31st street, he would stand on the porch (pictured here), we would wave from the car, and he would do a little dance as we drove away.

  7. Webb Family, my deepest condolences to all of you. I did not know Squire well, but the times we were together I enjoyed his company and his kind mannerism. May God give you strength and support during this difficult time. Lee Ann White

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