Robert Clarence Childers

February 25, 1923January 27, 2013

Robert C. “Bob” Childers died Sunday evening, a month before his 90th birthday, in the home where he had lived since 1949. He worked hard all his life and he tried to be a good person, succeeding more often than most of us. His grandsons considered him their best friend.

Bob retired after 42 years, 3 months, 12 days and 4 hours at Whirlpool, where he was a tool and die maker in the model shop. He was cared for by his daughter Bobbye Childers and her son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Amanda Shell. His wife, Mary Virginia, died in 1991 in an auto accident. The two were simply good people. They helped raise their grandchildren, and they took in many friends and relatives. Every Thanksgiving, Bob and Mary Virginia hosted 40 or more people, not just relatives but any friend or co-worker who didn’t have a family to go to.

For 35 years, Bob was the volunteer area coordinator for the Knights Templar Eye Foundation and helped many low-income people obtain medical care to prevent blindness. He was an active member of Lessing Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years and was also active in the Bethlehem #2 White Shrine and Robert Morris #87 Order of Eastern Star. At age 16 he lied about his age and enlisted in the Army, serving four years in World War II, most of it as a tank commander in the Pacific Theater.

His son, Arthur Boss Childers, died of a heart attack six years ago. He was also preceded in death by his sister Jean and his brothers Joe, Doug and Charles, and granddaughter Hannah. Surviving in addition to Bobbye are his daughter Roberta Heiman and Roberta’s husband, Paul McAuliffe; daughter-in-law Sonja Childers; grandchildren Bryan Childers, Scott, Kathryn and Doug (Amy) Heiman, Bryan (Jessica) Shell and Christopher (Amanda) Shell, all of Evansville; great-grandchildren Justin Miller, Dylan, Blake and Paige Heiman, Abby Childers, Seth, Alexia and Khloe Shell, and Bradyn and Brendyn Shell. Also brother, Tom Childers, in Peebles, Ohio; sisters, Lena Tucker in Irvin, Ky., and Clara Childers in Dayton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Georgia Duggins of Atlanta, Ga., and Billy McCoy, who Bob and Mary Virginia helped raise. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Alexander North Chapel, with burial in Locust Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation in care of Lessing Lodge.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Pete Rembert

February 2, 2013

GOD be with you.

Linda (Frasier) Matheis

January 31, 2013

Roberta, so sorry for the loss of your dad, i have many memories of us growing up in the neighborhood, our parents were the greatest.

Mark & Suzi

January 30, 2013

We will miss your smile, your wit! May God send comfort and peace to all your family. Until we meet again...Been a pleasure to have known you.

Staci Thomason-Goforth

January 30, 2013

So very sorry for your loss

Sean,Patricia ( kids) shell

January 30, 2013

Bob as I known you you were such a hard working and respectful person and may you RIP you will be truly missed god bless

Faith Miller

January 30, 2013

Mary and Bobbye,
I want you both to know my love, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your families. We were blessed with such loving and giving fathers. I know your hearts are heavy but there is a bittersweet joy knowing our Dads are with our Moms right now. Your Dad's life was a blessing and he touched so many lives. His memory will live on for he truly made a difference!

Charlotte Thomason

January 29, 2013

Sincere sympathy to the family - God bless you and give you peace. Note for Doug Heiman. Doug, so sorry for the loss of your Grandfather who I know you loved so dearly. My husband,Bob thought so much of him, recognizing him as a great man.

The Lynch Family

January 29, 2013

We will miss Bob. He was a great neighbor.Loved his garden and was generous with sharing. Will miss your smile,laugh and stories.

January 29, 2013

Thomas Childers

January 29, 2013

I will miss you Bob, I will cherish the memory of our lives forever, rest safely in the arms of a loving God until we meet again. Bobbye & Roberta you are in our thoughts and prayers Love Tom & Helen Childers & Family