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Robert L. Whitmer

Birth Date: January 6, 1946
Death Date: April 22, 2019

Robert L. Whitmer of Decatur, IL, passed away on April 22,2019. 

Robert was born to Elizabeth Blake Whitmer and Edwin L. Whitmer on January 6, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio. He grew up in Sylvania, Ohio and Maumee, Ohio, where he graduated from Maumee High School in 1964. 

Robert graduated from Northwestern University in 1968 and Ohio State University College of Law in 1972. 

He served two years in the U.S. Army in 1969 and 1970 when he spent a year in Korea.  

Robert married Karol S. Fritz on May 6, 1978, in Decatur, IL. Robert and Karol have two daughters: Brook E. Stewart and Bridget K. Whitmer; and two grandsons: Evan M. Stewart and Noah R. Stewart.  

Robert worked in the title insurance business for over 40 years at Chicago Title Insurance Company, Decatur Title Corporation, Macon County Title, LLC and First Community Title Services, Inc.  

Robert is most proud of his family, all of whom survive him: his beautiful and intelligent wife, Karol; his lovely and intelligent daughters, Brook and Bridget; his bright and active grandsons, Evan and Noah; his caring and hard-working son in law, Jason Stewart; his mother in law, Sylvia Fritz and father in law, Stanley Fritz, whose prayers and kindness have been greatly appreciated; and his sisters, Nancy B. Whitmer and Virginia A. Whitmer.  

Obituary written by Robert Whitmer.  

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

All services are private.
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  1. I am so sad to hear of Bobs passing. I enjoyed working with him so much. He was such a good kind person. My sympathies to his family. Heaven has gained a angel.

  2. my friend bob whitmer

    Written by: bob reynolds

    good man, was janitor for Decatur titles 36 years, my mother worked there also, god has a plan for all of us, he will never be forgotten, has made a foot print in life on lot of people, sent word to fl, where office manger lives now, we are in springfield il, word is out he is on the way to heaven, god bless proud to have worked and knew him, bob Reynolds and Carolyn..

  3. Robert L. Whitmer

    Written by: Jim and Lonni Newcome

    Carol, we are so very sorry to read of the passing of your husband. We are praying that you will feel the comfort and peace and presence of the Lord as He carries you and loves you through this difficult season.

  4. Bob Whitmer

    Written by: Nick Burton

    Bob Whitmer was the best in his profession. No one knew more about the land title and title insurance business than Bob. I first met Bob in the mid 1970’s when he was with Gary Anderson at Decatur Title Corporation. Bob knew how to get things done. He was instrumental in the success of Decatur Title Corporation. I grew up in Toledo, so Bob and I had a consistent topic of conversation. No title insurance order was completed without a discussion of Ohio State football. Bob kindly never reminded me of how often the Buckeyes beat up on Illinois. I send my best wishes to Bob’s family.

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