OBITUARY

Robert Dean Deibert

September 27, 1935August 7, 2019
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Robert Dean Deibert, age 83, of Normal, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at OSF St. Joseph Hospital.

The visitation will be from 3:00–5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL.

Robert was born September 27, 1935, in Jacksonville, IL to Kenneth Dean and Sadie Irene Walker Deibert. He married Patricia Taylor on June 1, 1958 in Bloomington, IL.

Robert retired in 1991 after 32 years as the Planning Engineer for GTE. During his retirement years, he worked for Ironwood Golf Course for 20+ years and White Tours.

Robert served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 8 years, obtaining an honorable discharge. He was a founding member of the Corn Belt Carving Club; served as treasurer for the Young Mens’ Club and was a Scout Master for 25 years for the Boy Scouts of America Troops #17 and #45.

Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Patricia, 2 daughters, Lori (Kim) Ekena of Forsyth, IL and Lisa (John) Long of Normal; four grandchildren, Zachary (Emily) Long, Taylor Ekena, Mackenzie (Andrew) Mills, and Brandon Long; 3 great-grandchildren, Kylie Long, Atlee Mills, and Parker Mills.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 sisters, Louise Hicks and Dorothy Deibert.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Dysphagia Foundation – swallowingdisorderfoundation.com.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.eastlawnmemorial.com

  • FAMILY

  • Patricia Deibert, Wife
  • Lisa (John) Long, Daughter
  • Lori (Kim) Ekena, Daughter
  • Zachary (Emily) Long, Grandchild
  • Taylor Ekena, Grandchild
  • Makenzie (Andrew) Mills, Grandchild
  • Brandon Long, Grandchild
  • Kylie Long, Great Grandchild
  • Atlee Mills, Great Grandchild
  • Parker Mills, Great Grandchild
  • Kenneth Dean Deibert, Father (deceased)
  • Sadie Irene Walker Deibert, Mother (deceased)
  • Louise Hicks, Sister (deceased)
  • Dorothy Deibert, Sister (deceased)

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Memorial Contributions May Be Made To: Dysphagia Foundation - swallowingdisorderfoundation.com:

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David Thomas

August 11, 2019

You were a wonderful leader and friend at the carving club, Bob. You had a real talent for turning a block of wood into something amazing. But the things that stood out most about you were your gentleman like manner and your great sense of humor. We're going to miss you my friend. Dave

Kathy Hans

August 11, 2019

Lori, just looking at your dad’s smile tells me how much he loved life! I know how much you loved your dad. Hope all your wonderful memories are a comfort at this difficult time!
Love, Allan and Kathy

Bonne Fraher

August 10, 2019

Lori, Kim and family, very sorry for your loss. Condolences to all.

Bonne (Walker) Fraher

Marilyn Hargesheimer

August 10, 2019

Dear Pat
I'm so sorry to read of your loss. My prayers are with you at this time.
Lovingly,
Marilyn Hargesheimer

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