Robert E. “Bob” Lingley, 97, of Hoopeston, father of Dennis Lingley of Greenville, died peacefully Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton. He was born December 18, 1917 in Clark County, S.D., the son of William and Anna (Wahlfeldt) Lingley. He married Ellen Anna Kietzmann on September 12, 1948 in Hoopeston. They were married for 57 years before she preceded him in death in 2005.
He is survived by one daughter, Diane (Herb) Glenn of Crescent City, FL; two sons, Dennis (Carol) Lingley of Greenville, IL and Dean (Laurie) Lingley of Hoopeston, IL; one sister, ten grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters and one brother.
He was a lifetime farmer in Prairie Green Township located in Iroquois County Illinois. Bob was awarded both the FFA honorary Chapter Farmer Degree and the FFA honorary State Farmer Degree. He served as a leader for the Prairie Hustlers 4-H club and was a member of the school board. Bob was a chartered member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church serving as Elder and on the Board numerous times throughout the years. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, he was elected tax assessor for Prairie Green Township. Bob served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed making oatmeal cookies and caramel corn for Grand and Great Grandkids.
A visitation was held 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Friday September 18, 2015 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston. The funeral service was held at 1:00 P.M. with a visitation from 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. before the funeral service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 302 N. Market St. Hoopeston, on Saturday September 19, 2015 with Rev. James T. Batchelor officiating. Burial was in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, with full military rites.
Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 302 N. Market St Hoopeston, IL 60942 or The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disaster Relief Fund C/O Mission Advancement P.O. Box 66861 St. Louis, MO 63166.
Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Bob’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.