Robin Michael Closen

August 7, 1956April 1, 2021

PEKIN ~ Robin Michael Closen, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Aperion Care Morton Villa in Morton.

Born August 7, 1956 in Peoria to Charles H. and Virginia L. (Weyand) Closen, he married Nonnie Louise (Mosley) Closen in 1999 in Kewanee. She survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Michael Closen of Bartonville, David Closen of Kewanee, Robin (Amy) Closen of Peoria, Josh Closen and Ryan Closen both of North Carolina; two stepdaughters, Janet (George) Moreland of East Peoria and Mindy (Laura) Wilson of Kewanee; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Julie Thompson of Dade City, Florida and one nephew, Erich (Heidi) Thompson of Glasford.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Mandy Rae Closen.

Robin was a United States Navy Veteran who worked as crew chief and trainor on the USS Constellation. Once he left the Navy he worked in the civil service in Guam for several years. He worked as a fireman in Fort Sheridan Chicago before working at Caterpillar Inc. for 10 years. He was also self-employed, owning a construction and remodeling business.

Robin, a jack of all trades, loved spending time with his family. He loved the 4th of July, often driving to Missouri to buy fireworks. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting and liked a good game of horseshoes or shuffleboard.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Military rites will be accorded by the United States Navy and the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. A celebration of life will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Eagles Lodge, 274 Derby Street in Pekin.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to KBSTRONG-fighting the fight, c/o Brad Stewart, 1210 Kensington Dr.,Washington, IL 61571.

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Janet Moreland

April 5, 2021

Learning to drive a stick shift, Pops had so much patience. I would make the car jerk and kill the engine. Laughing all the while. (We won't mention the shed I took out and left the car on cinder blocks in gear.) Patience and humor, learning to laugh at yourself. A great teacher of many things. Very knowledgeable, if you needed to know anything he was a walking, talking encyclopedia. A "garden guru" too! Rest in peace, Pops!