ARCOLA – Robert C. "Bob" Coombe, 98, of Arcola passed away at 12:07 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Arcola Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Donald Winch will officiate. Burial with military rites accorded by the Arcola VFW will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Bob was born May 2, 1916, in Mt. Zion, a son of Clarence and Mabel V. (Vermillion) Coombe. He married Hester E. McMillen on July 18, 1940, in Cowden; she passed away on April 9, 2007.
Bob is survived by two sons, Robert E. Coombe and his wife, Karen, and William D. Coombe and his wife, Jan, both of Arcola; four grandchildren, Aaron Coombe and his wife, Charla, and Emily Coombe, all of Arcola, Amy Coombe and her fiancé, Christopher Roberts, of San Francisco, and Devon Coombe of Incline Village, Nev.; and two great-grandchildren, Gavin and Cody Coombe of Arcola.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers, the oldest who was stillborn and Donald Paul Coombe.
Bob's parents moved to Arcola from Mt. Zion when he was 2 years old. Clarence, his father, took over managing a farm south of Chesterville from his uncle Joseph in 1918.
Bob graduated from Arcola High School in 1933. He attended the University of Illinois and majored in Accounting. He worked at the Arcola First National Bank in the summer while attending college. After he and Hester were married, he stopped working at the bank to farm and raise his family.
Bob had farmed in the Arcola area for several years when his sons took over in the 1970s. He worked at First National Bank of Arcola for a total of 61 years.
Bob was an Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II having attained the rank of corporal. While in the service, Bob recalled flying in a B-24 from Colorado to Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul with Don Pullen and seizing the opportunity to buzz Arcola.
He was a longtime member of the Arcola Presbyterian Church. He was a charter member of the Arcola Lions Club and a member of the Arcola Masonic Lodge A.F. and A.M. and served as director of First National Bank of Arcola for several years.
Memorials may be made to the Arcola Presbyterian Church, 311 E. Jefferson, Arcola, IL 61910, or the Arcola Foundation.