Robert "Bob" L Haefli

February 17, 1926March 1, 2019

Robert “Bob” L. Haefli, age 93, of Peoria, IL passed away unexpectedly March 1, 2019 in Peoria. Bob was born February 17, 1926 to Theophil and Caroline (Meister) Haefli. He married Ilene Kruse in Morton, IL April 16, 1950. She survives. Also surviving are five children Terry Bowen, Eric (Katrine) Haefli, Jeanne (Tim) Esterling, Nancy (Neil) Ritter, and Linda (Bill) Hoerr, fourteen grandchildren, and twenty-five great grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Richard (Gladys) Haefli. Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death. Bob graduated from Peoria Central High School. He served in the US Navy in WWII in the Philippines. After discharge, Bob went to work with his father and brothers building homes and commercial buildings. He was co-owner of T. Haefli & Sons. Bob loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time in Florida, collecting toy trains, and going to work. He continued to work six days a week and went into work on the day he died. His family relied on his wisdom and advice and will miss his quick wit and unending humorous quips. He gave his heart to Jesus in 1955. Bob would say that Ecclesiastes 12:13 is all one needs to know - “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man.” He was a member of the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church. Visitation will be from 4-7pm on Tuesday, March 5 at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, 2408 W. Willow Knolls Rd., Peoria. The funeral will be at Sheridan Road Apostolic Church at 10am on Wednesday, March 6 with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 9am to 9:45am before the funeral. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Skylines. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at


  • Theophil Haefli, Father
  • Caroline (Meister)Haefli, Mother
  • Ilene (Kruse) Haefli, Wife
  • Terry Bowen, Children
  • Eric (Katrine) Haefli, Children
  • Jeanne (Tim) Esterling, Children
  • Nancy (Neil) Ritter, Children
  • Linda (Bill) Hoerr, Children
  • Richard (Gladys) Haefli, Brother

  • Don Bowen
  • Jason Bowen
  • Zach Esterling
  • Chris Esterling
  • Eric Criss
  • Keith Ritter
  • Eric Haefli II


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Robert "Bob" L Haefli

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Ron Messner

March 11, 2019

Haeflis: We are sorry to be so late sending our condolences. We were gone all last week at the Elder Conference. We are friends of Tim and Jeanne. We just want to add our prayers and encouragement in the loss of your husband and father. We trust God will provide. We are looking forward to having Tim and Jeanne living in Morton.
Ron and Pam Messner

Steve McAvoy

March 5, 2019

Dear Bill and Linda:
You have our sincere sympathy at the loss of Linda's father. May happy memories and your faith give you strength at this time of grief.
Steve and Darlene McAvoy

Eleanor Yackley

March 4, 2019

Ilene and family,
May our heavenly Father comfort you!
Although we don't know each other real well, we share the common Haefli heritage and were taught to know the Lord--and that's the most important thing! Mom (Clara) often mentioned her Haefli cousins with fondness.

Joanna Huber-Holly

March 4, 2019

My parents, Ron and Jane Huber, hung out with Bob, Dick, Gladys, and Ilene when I was little. I remember playing with all the kids and "hand-me-down dresses!" I went to "Curves" with Ilene.

My Dad grew up with Bob and Dick. I'm sure we all heard the stories of playing in the woods... Swinging from the vines, making spears, and having awesome adventures. It was of great comfort to me to think of my Dad being able to do all those fun things again after he died. Soon the whole"gang" will be re-united and heaven will never be the same again. May your memories comfort the entire family.

elaine cohen

March 4, 2019

What a wonderful picture........just the way I remember him........Yes he had wit and humor...and a good life with all those he loved. Ageing is not for wimps.......I think of you and all those in PEORIA with whom I have wonderful memories of.....You are blessed with your family around you to give you support at this time of need.......and I want to go fast just as he did......doing what he enjoyed........Love and hugs, Elaine Cohen. 3/4/2019

Dick Mottor

March 4, 2019

Mrs. Haefli and family: I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Praise the Lord as a believer, we have the Promise of a Wonderful home in Heaven. I am so glad that Bob had Trusted the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The legacy Bob has left will be one you, your children and grandchildren will cherish for many years to come. I am sorry for health reason's I am unable to be there with you during this time. If I can be of any help, please feel free to contact me. "Absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord". What a wonderful promise.