Robert "Bob" Eugene Abernathy

June 14, 1936January 4, 2021

PEKIN ~ Robert Eugene “Bob” Abernathy, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 5:05 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2021 at his daughter's residence.

Born June 14, 1936 in Peoria, he was a son of Franklin Gerald and Helen Josephine (Pate) Abernathy. Surviving are one son, Terry (Shawn Muth) Abernathy of Pekin; one daughter, Teresa (Dave) Hagen of Manito; ten grandchildren, Brandon Abernathy, Colin Abernathy, Devan Abernathy, David Seidell, Alex Seidell, Matt (Rae) Hagen, Ben Hagen, Derek Muth, Keli (Willem) Pennington and Kyle Totton; six great-grandchildren, Garett Abernathy, Rylan Abernathy, Tayden Abernathy, Amy Seidell, Damian Seidell and Annie Hagen; four sisters, Rita (Frank) Dunlap of Princeton, Geraldine Thornhill of Rolla, Missouri, Darlene Marvel of Metamora and Sharon (Joe) Huebi of Edwards; and two brothers, Ron (Mary) Abernathy of Florida and Rick (Lynne) Abernathy of Forsythe. He also leaves a special friend, Carol Jury and family, Donna and Frank Totton.

His parents and one sister, Norma Wyss, preceded him in death.

He worked for Sequoia Supply (formerly Evans Products) for more than 30 years in sales, followed by a brief 10 year period at Alcoa Building Products in Princeville.

Bob was a member and a past governor of Pekin Moose Family Center #916. He also was a member of Pekin Elks Lodge 1271.

He was an avid and faithful sports fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Bradley Basketball. Bob also enjoyed coaching Little League during his son Terry’s years in the program.

Family was especially important to him and the annual tradition of the Abernathy Family Christmas was his favorite. Those who knew him and became a part of his extended family knew and understood this too. His pride in his family never wavered.

A gathering celebrating Bob's life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Pekin Moose Family Center #916. His memorial service will be held at 3 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to UnityPoint Hospice and the Senior Services of Mason County.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61637 or to the National Kidney Foundation.

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  • Celebration of Life Gathering

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 12, 2021


Robert "Bob" Eugene Abernathy

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Nancy Rockhold/Borum

January 14, 2021

Omg. Bob was such a great friend to us when we joined the moose. I actually bought a White Ford Taurus from him. I think it was his Dad's. I loved him and Carol so much. Some very great memories. ❤🙏❤

Lisa Sheehan

January 11, 2021

Dear Terry & Teresa, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Mom & dad had some fun times hanging out together with your parents. May all your memories of your dad bring you comfort. Take care.

Jerry Davis

January 10, 2021

Sorry to learn of Bob's death. Remember all the good times at Moose with Bob and Terry.

Amy (Wolfe) Dela Cruz

January 7, 2021

Teresa and Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I pray for comfort for all of you during this difficult time. God Bless!

Robert and Judy Brining

January 7, 2021

So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. Our deepest condolences to Carol and all the family. Have so many fond memories of times spent at the Moose over the years. Appreciate all the times he called us to check on how Bob was doing health wise - he was a true friend, and will be missed very much.

Paul & Linda Robertson

January 7, 2021

Carol, Terry, Teresa & family,
We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We are keeping you all in thought & prayer, at this difficult time.


January 7, 2021

to you and Teresa I bring you my love. he always had a smile on his face. I will always remember him taking me to the high school games that our parents wanted him to do. but being a brother he wasn't too trilled about that. he will be remember in my heart and for the love of his cardinals

Keli Maloney

January 6, 2021

So sorry to hear this. Terry, you know how much your Dad meant to me . He will be truly missed! Prayers to your family.

Karen Dams-Peters

January 6, 2021

To all of the family, prayers to all.

Ed&Aimee Tarpley

January 5, 2021

Terry & family , we are sorry for the loss of your dad , played basketball many years ago with Terry & your dad was a great coach ! Ed