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Robert “Bob” Bednarko

d. July 10, 2018

Robert “Bob” Bednarko, age 86, of Athens, IL passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on May 10, 1932 the son of John and Anna (Cadek) Bednarko.

Bob is survived by two sons John (Anita) Bednarko and Donnie (Mary Tobias) Bednarko; four grandchildren, Bobby (Courtney Kershaw), Jason (Kristy), Rachael Bednarko and Amy (Karolis) Gaule; four great – grandchildren, Bowen, Noah, Kendall Bednarko and Oliver Gaule; longtime companion, Pat Richter as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Dottie (1991); one daughter, Barbara Bednarko (1964) and one brother, Ed Bednarko (2014).

Bob was a member of the armed forces for 41 years before retiring from the Army National Guard where he worked at Camp Lincoln as a mechanic. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens, IL, and a member of the Athens VFW Post 5302.

Bob enjoyed going to the boat, playing the machine with friends, spending time with his family and repairing small engines for friends. He also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals but was a closet Yankee fan. Bob also really enjoyed supporting Athens High School sports.

Visitation for Bob will be held on Friday, July 13, 2017 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Services will be held on Saturday July 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens, IL.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorials can be given to the American Cancer Society or Holy Family Catholic Church.


  1. So sorry for their loss! Thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

  2. Anita and family, I’m so sorry for your loss, keep him in your heart and he will always be with you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God speed

  3. John, Anita and families, I’m so sorry to hear about Bob. My thoughts go out to all of you all.

  4. Our sympathy to Pat and the Bednarko family. Bob will be missed as he touched many lives leaving golden memories to be remembered by family and friends. Kurt and his buddy Bob spent time together nearly every day sitting in their lawn chairs by the garage discussing life and when they would mow. He will be remembered as a wonderful neighbor and friend. May he rest in peace. Kurt and Velda

  5. Pat, am so sorry to hear about Bob. He was a very good , kind hearted man. Will remember all the good meals we shared at Don and Donna Todds house. Loved running into you and him at the gambling machines at Buds Coroner.
    Bobby Bednarko, so sorry about your grandpa. Like I said, he was a good man and everybody loved him. Hope you and your family are doing good.
    Maye Todd/IDNR

  6. I first met Bob in 1974 when I came to work at the old National Guard Depot. He was an excellent mechanic and always was ready to help others. He was also a dedicated soldier who mentored his subordinates, giving them the benefit of his experience. I liked Bob as a coworker and later as his supervisor. He was the first person in the shop to receive a sustained superior performance award. My condolences to his family.

  7. I knew Bob through his work at Camp Lincoln. I never met anyone more competent or willing to help a younger guy. Great soldier, family should be very proud. Sorry for his passing.

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