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NORMAL — Robert J. Cheek, 93, of Normal passed away at 6:36 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018) at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City.
Services will be at a later date. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation or American Heart Association.
Robert was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Aledo, Ill., the son of NJ and Johanna (Nagel) Cheek. He married Harriett Jean Johnson on Aug. 8, 1948, in Abingdon, Ill. She passed away Sept. 13, 2012.
Survivors include his three sons, Timothy (Michelle) Cheek of Champaign, Kirby (Melinda) Cheek of Bloomington and Paul Cheek of St. Charles; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Robert, or more commonly Bob, was a member of the United Methodist Church of Normal and Clinton. He was a member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge as well as past master of Urbana Masonic Lodge.
While serving in the U.S. Army during World War II in the oak-leaf clusters.
After retiring from the University of Illinois Purchasing Department, he and Harriett moved to Arkansas, where he enjoyed life as a wood worker and as an avid fisherman.
Returning to central Illinois to be closer to family, he lived in Clinton for several years and later moved to Evergreen Assisted Living in Normal.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial. com.
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