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Garmers, Robert “Bob”

d. January 15, 2015

Robert “Bob” Garmers, age 79 of Athens, passed away on Thursday January 15, 2015 at St. John’s Hospice.

He is survived by his wife, Leann; four daughters, Pam (Kevin) Blakeman of Springfield, Patti (Don) Squires of Athens, Pennie Stevens of Springfield, and Peggy Schmidgall of DeBary, FL; two sisters, Donna Ferguson of Atmore, AL and Janet (Fred) Schmulbach of Athens; one brother Tom (Sandy) Garmers of Sherman; eight grandchildren, Brooke (Jeff) Hall, Michelle Voudrie, Kyle (Crystal) Blakeman, Donnie (Maggie) Squires, Chad (Jessica Watkins) Blakeman, Chris (Brittney) Schmidgall, Kayla (Brad Yager) Stevens, Morgan Stevens, and Amy Schmidgall; and nine great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Landyn, Nolan, Colton, Camden, Finnigan, Charlotte, Madison, Hannah, and one on the way.

Bob was born November 3, 1935 in Cantrall, Illinois, the son of Harold and Harriet Brittin Garmers.

He married Leann Grant on November 7, 1954 at the Athens Christian Church. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a large family celebration.

Bob retired from Illinois Bell in 1991 after 36 years. He also worked at Tom’s Heating and at Mott & Henning Funeral Home.

He was a member of the Athens Rotary Club and the Westside Christian Church. Bob was a main organizer of the Athens Alumni Reunions for many years. He was a Athens Community Park board member for several years and a board member on the Menard County Housing Authority.

His family was his life. Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Visitation will be on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Westside Christian Church from 4:00 until 7:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Athens Christian Church at 10:00 AM.

Rev. Gary Winkleman will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.

Memorials can be made to the Athens Public Library or the Lake Springfield Christian Assembly (Eagle Lodge).


  1. Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family, may you find peace and strength in your memories. Love Georgiann

  2. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences to all of you. May God give you comfort and peace.

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. Bob was a great man and a great Rotarian–a real asset to the Athens community. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Leann, Pam, Patti, Pennie & Peggy: Our heartfelt prayers are that you all feel His presence around you during this time, and always, as you remember your husband & dad. “As I wait for the Lord I shall change and renew my strength and power; I shall lift my wings and mount up as eagles; I shall run and not be weary, I shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31 God is a loving God and He loves you all. You will see him again.

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and will be missed. Our prayers are with his family at this time of loss.

  6. God blessed the world with his presence and his great personality. When I was a new service representative for what once was Illinois Bell, he helped me out of a mess I created with a customer’s order. I’ll never forget his kindness in helping me and his love of God. I know the loss must be almost more than you can stand and I’m sorry. My prayers are with all of you.

  7. My prayers go to his entire familly. My brother and I had a nice visit with him while visiting with our mom not too long ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.

  8. My deepest condolences to you and the entire family in your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Pam, very sorry for the loss of your Father. I know your memories will help you.

  10. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Marcia Musick and Son Mark Musick

  11. Our sincere sympathy goes our to you all in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Bob was a great Christian and friend. Sorry we cannot be there to give our condolences in person. Darrell and Francine Elder

  12. Our deepest sorrow for your loss. Our prayers go out to you. We will be thinking of you.

  13. Pam, so sorry for your loss. you and your family are in my prayers.

  14. Pam, I’m sorry for your loss, I’m sure he was one of a kind. I just read my email today..may your memories comfort you in the days ahead.

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