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Croft, Robert

d. May 7, 2012

Robert “Bob” W. Croft, Sr., age 83, of Athens, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2012 at the Christian Village in Lincoln. .

Bob is survived by his wife, Velma; a son Robert (Jo Ellen) Croft, Jr. of Athens; a daughter, Melaney Hughes of Springfield; four grandchildren, Adam (Linette) Hughes, Michele (Jeffery) Woods, Sarah Asbrock, and Robert (Stephanie) Croft III; five great-grandchildren, Justen and Felicity Hughes, Anneliese and Thomas Woods, and Joshua Asbrock; a sister, Joann Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Croft; two brothers, Donovan and Delmar; and three sisters, Charlene, Naomi Gene, and Margaret.

Bob was born July 2, 1928 in Middletown, IL, the son of Thomas and Helen Ackerman Croft.

He married Velma Laws on October 10, 1948 in the Christian Church parsonage in Athens.

He worked at the rock quarry near Athens and Ahrenkiel’s Automotive for several years. Bob owned and operated Bob’s Mobil in Athens for 32 years. After retiring from Bob’s Mobil he later worked for the Villa Healthcare in Sherman as a maintenance worker.

He was a volunteer and past Fire Chief for the Athens Fire Department for many years. Bob was a life member of the Athens Christian Church and also served as a deacon and elder there.

Visitation will be held at the Athens Christian Church on Friday, April 11, 2012 from 9:00 until time of funeral service there at 10:00 AM. . Rev. Ken Gennicks and Rev. Robert William Croft III will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the “Robert W. Croft, Sr. Memorial Fund”.


  1. I was so sorry to hear that Bob had passed away. He was one of the first customer’s that I had after I opened End of the Rainbow. Every Easter we had the pleasure of doing the corsages for all of the “women” in Bob’s family. He will truly be missed by all of those fortunate enough to have known Bob.

    May he rest in Peace in his Heavenly home.

  2. I feel so blessed to be able to design the casket flowers for Bob.

  3. My condolences to you & your family. Bob was a great man and will be missed by many. May the Lord lift you up in this time of need. -April Fitschen-Atwood

  4. Merle Huffmans (sister) He and Merle were the best of friends in High School in fact they were both in an auto accident together. We are so sorry of the loss of Bob May God Bless you all and give you strength. I am sending this to Merle who lives in Calif.

  5. God be with all the family in this time of sorrow.

  6. Aunt Velma,

    I am so terribly sorry to hear that Uncle Bob has passed. Since Grandma (Elizabeth Laws-Saner) passed I never hear from her side of the family and I deeply miss the connection.

    Our loving God has given many things. One of his blessings is the ability to cherish the beautiful memories we have of our loved one’s. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandpa, Uncle, and Friend. Heaven needed an Angel and Uncle Bob was called upon. He is with you all in your hearts forever.

    I truly miss all of you. Please contact me anytime. I would love to remissness when you are up to it.

    With love, Jeannie Brown Elizabeth’s Granddaughter

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