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Charles “Bob” Rebbe

d. October 23, 2016

Charles Robert Rebbe, 91, passed away on October 23, 2016 at his home in Petersburg surrounded by his family.

Bob was born September 25, 1925 to Frank and Alma Rebbe. His parents, six sisters, and granddaughter Zoe Rebbe all preceded him in death.

He married Jane Thomas on July 22, 1950. They had six children, Greg (Jane) Rebbe, Vicki (Loren) Baxley, Mark (companion Brenda Davis), Jeff (Cheryl), Lacy (companion Debbie Stevens) and Kris “Cricket” Parkes. He was blessed with thirteen grandchildren and ten beautiful great-grandchildren.
“Farmer Bob” is a third generation farmer who spent his entire life on the farm. He liked to say “not too many people can walk out their back door and already be at work.” Bob passed away in the house he was born in and where he lived his entire life.

Bob is a member of Saint Peters Parish and the local Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing golf, and his claim to fame was a hole-in-one at the age of 81. He also liked playing cards and b.s. anyone that would listen.

He was a farmer in the truest sense. He enjoyed watching a planted field sprout to life, seeing a calf take their first wobbly steps, the vast changes in technology (he started farming with mules) and watching the sun set on a hard day’s work.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  An additional visitation will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 10:00 until time of funeral mass at 11:00 AM at Saint Peters Church in Petersburg.

Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Petersburg.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Menard County Rescue Squad.


  1. Uncle Bob was a tremendous man, he will be missed. I feel blessed to have known such an incredible man and role model of Faith and hard work. My thoughts and prayers to the family and deepest sympathy to Aunt Jane.

  2. Our deepest sympathy to Jane, all their children and their families. Bob was sure a hard worker and devoted to his family. He will be missed.

  3. Many prayers and condolences to our dear friends, the Rebbes. He was among the best of the best.

  4. My condolences to Jane and the family.

  5. My heart and prayers go out to the family. I have many fond memories of staying all night with Vickie and having to do the chores that Bob assigned to us. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

  6. I loved that man Bob Rebbe, my only uncle on the Rebbe side of my family. My mother Marge was one of Bob’s sisters. I first met Bob when I was a toddler in the 1950s, and last saw him when my wife Jeannie and I spent our honeymoon on the farm in 1977. Our deepest condolences to our aunt Jane.

    We had a few correspondences over the last 40 years or so, but probably not as many as we should have.

    Hi Vicky, Jeff, Lacy and the rest, maybe you remember your cousin Tom Beatty, now getting kinda old at 67 years of age in Vancouver, Canada! So sorry for your loss, we trust that he did not suffer too much.

  7. Bob was one of the nicest people I have ever known. His voice and laugh could instantly cheer me up. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, we know he will be greatly missed.

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