MATTOON -- Robert “Bob” Eugene Strong, age 85, of Mattoon passed away at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Douglas Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor J. Michael Smith and Pastor Dave Perkins officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bob was born on September 26, 1932 in Coles County the son of John A. and Nelta (Horn) Strong. He married Phyllis Andrews on July 4, 1952.

Survivors include his loving wife, Phyllis Strong of Mattoon, IL; sons, Richard J. (Jean Ann) Strong of Lerna, IL and Thomas R. (Shelby) Strong of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Ryan (Kali) Strong of Flora, IL, Rachel (Brad) Burcham of St. Jacob, IL, Ramey Strong of Celebration, FL, Robyn (Doug) Edwards of Greenup, IL, Dylan (Lindsay) Strong of Mattoon, IL, Blake Strong of Mattoon, IL and Carson Strong of Mattoon, IL; great grandchildren, Brooklyn Burcham, Raelyn Burcham, Lila Strong, John Strong and Jace Strong; sister, Martha Strong of Charleston, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Jimmy Strong, Leslie Strong, Russell Strong, Harry Strong, Minnie Bailey, Everett Strong, Freddy Strong and Betty Strong.

Bob served honorably in the United States Army from 1952 until 1954 during the Korean War. Bob retired from Yellow Transit after many years as a truck driver. He later worked at Eastern Illinois University in the library. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mattoon, the Farm Bureau, V.F.W., American Legion and the National Campers and Hikers Association. Bob enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping with the Prairie Roamers Camping Club. He would frequent Lee’s Famous Recipe, one of his favorite restaurants. Most of all, Bob cherished spending time with his friends and family. He would regularly attend the sporting activities of his grandchildren and enjoyed trips to Disney World with his family. Bob will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Activity Fund at Douglas Rehabilitation and Care Center or the Mattoon or Charleston V.F.W. Color Guard. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net.

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