OBITUARY

Robert Doyle Holland

August 14, 1933July 21, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Robert Doyle “Bob” Holland, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 11:02 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at his residence.

Born August 14, 1933 in New Madrid, Missouri to Albert J. and Mabel (O’Dell) Holland, he married Marjorie Smith on October 31, 1958 in Kankakee. She died November 25, 1986. He later married Roberta (Carmack) Cramer on January 14, 1989 in Pekin. She died on January 11, 2013. He also was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, one sister, two infant sisters, three nieces and two nephews.

Surviving are three daughters, Pamela (Mike) Adkins of Pekin, Judi Brookhart of Quincy and Michelle Waldrop of Lima; one son, Rev. Douglas (Mary) Sopher of Princeton; one step-son, Gary (Flo) Cramer of Peoria; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was a United States Army veteran.

Bob retired from Caterpillar, Inc. after 37 years as a staff analyst, retiring on February 1, 1990.

He was an avid sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs and Duke Basketball. He was kindhearted, loved westerns and spending time with his grandkids. He also enjoyed fishing and taking pride in his yardwork. Bob was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin. He was a 57-year member of Empire Lodge 126, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Pekin and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Pekin. Pastor James C. McClarey will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 5 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, with military rites accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bill Buck
  • Cody Buck
  • Cory Buck
  • Robert Buck
  • Mike Adkins
  • Randy Hebel
  • Donald Waldrop

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 29, 2021

  • Additional Visitation

    Friday, July 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 30, 2021

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Jennifer Woodley

July 23, 2021

Grandpa Holland was such a sweet and kind man. He was so good to my Grandma and his family. We will miss you!! Your in heaven now!! ❤️❤️ We love you !!!
Jenny, Emily , Carrie, and Jeremiah

Bobbi Prather

July 23, 2021

Bob was such a great guy. His hand was always raised when a volunteer was needed at his Church. He was very dedicated to his Sunday School Class. I will miss his kind words, humor.

Gary and Flo Cramer

July 23, 2021

So sorry to hear news of Bob’s passing, he will be missed. He was a special person and our conversations over the past several years will be sorely missed. We’ll remember the humor as well as the efforts to understand and assist in life’s quandaries. Our love and condolences to the family.

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