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Chastain, Bobby

d. April 12, 2014

Bobby “Bob” Chastain, 79, of Springfield died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield, IL. He was born May 28, 1934, near Spokane, Mo., the son of Efton and Iva Eisenhower Chastain. He was a graduate of Athens High School. Bob worked as a farmhand; salesman at Capital City Paper Company of Springfield; owner of Chastain Builders; developer of Golden Acres Subdivision; co-developer of Country Lake Estates and Timber View Subdivision; co-owner of Athens RV; co-owner owner of J&M Recycling. He was elected to the Athens State Bank board in January 1975 and was President of the Board 1994-2005 with a total of 31 years of service. Survivors: Wife, Marilyn J. McCall Chastain of Cantrall; Son, Stacy A. Chastain of Cantrall; Daughter, Diana L. C. Nelson (husband, Steve) of Springfield; and two grandchildren, Jackeline R. Nelson and John D. Nelson both of Springfield. He has three brothers, Gary Chastain of Sherman, Randy Chastain of Princeton, and Dennis Chastain of Littleton, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents Efton and Iva Chastain; and his brothers Bennie L. Chastain, Orin “Tucker” Chastain and Darrel Chastain. Services will be held Tuesday April 15, 2014 at Athens Christian Church, with a visitation starting at 10:00 until time of funeral service at 11:00 AM. Rev. Rick Irwin of the First Christian Church of Springfield will be officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Williamsville. Memorials can be made to the building fund at the Athens Christian Church.

Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens are in charge of funeral arrangements.


  1. I have been remembering days from my childhood when Bob lived across the street from me in Andrew. Bob was always a kind and gentle guy with a smile for everyone. He will be missed.

  2. I remember in 1952 When I started to work at Capital City Paper,Bob had also just graduated and started work there also. I think there were five of us. He was always so nice and always a smile. Leo and I saw him severalm years ago at Bob Evans. Marilyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, he was a great person. God Bless.

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