Robert E. "Bob" Ooton

March 31, 1947October 27, 2013

Robert E. "Bob" Ooton, 66, of Chatham, passed away on Sunday, October 27, at St. John's Hospital. Bob was born on March 31, 1947 in Springfield, the son of Robert and Fern (Grandjean) Ooton. Bob proudly served our country in the Army during The Vietnam War. He was a graduate of Springfield High School, a lifetime member of VFW Post #4763 and American Legion Post #759, he was an avid fan of the Cardinals and the Bears. Bob retired from the State of Illinois Comptroller's office in 2011.

Surviving Bob are his son Bob (Joan) Ooton of Columbus, OH, his sister Phyllis (Paul) Hall of St. Louis, MO, and a niece Janelle (Bill) Fuller of Branson, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Michael Ooton.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL 62711. The family will receive guests from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Chatham Cemetery, where military honors will be provided by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Friends of St. John’s Hospital.

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  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 1, 2013

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Jay Kesinger

November 13, 2013

So sorry to hear of this news. Bob and I went to high school together at SHS. One of the things I remember about Bob was his laugh. RIP my friend.

November 1, 2013

I knew Bob beginning at Franklin Jr. High and on to SHS. A very nice guy. If I remember correctly he was in to computers before most people had even heard of them RIP, Bob.

Jim Brothers
Bloomington, In

Julie Sullivan

October 31, 2013

Bob gave me my 1st golf lesson. My sister had just passed away & Bob told me I needed to hit something. He took me to Bergen Park, teed up the ball for me, gave me a couple of quick pointers & told me to nail it. God Bless you Bob, this was one the greatest forms of therapy you could have given me, that & your friendship. I'll never forget that day! Rest in Peace my Friend! My condolences to his family.

October 30, 2013

Bob was a neighbor in Chatham and a co-worker during our years at Regulatory Management Consultants. He was a gentle soul and he had a fairly wicked sense of humor. He was always looking for the 'high gee-whiz factor' in his work, computer technology and for the 'high gee-whiz factor' in his life. He was a friend and he will be missed. Rest in peace, Bob-O.

Rich Coe

October 30, 2013

Bob and I grew up together. We went to Stuart Grade School, Ben Franklin Jr. High and Springfield High. We had a lot of good times together. Bob was a friend who was always fun to be with. Rich Coe. RIP Bob.

Ed Walsh

October 30, 2013

I've known Bob since Larry Imlay brought him around in jr. high. Always a good guy and enjoyed being around him. Good bye, old friend.

Craig Allen

October 30, 2013

My deepest sympathies to the family. Farewell my friend of many in peace!

Craig Allen

Carol Evans

October 30, 2013

Our thoughts are with the Ooton Family at this side time. Bob was a very close and dear friend to my late husband Dan; we enjoyed a lot of fun times.

Rose Connolly

October 29, 2013

My condolences to Bob's family on their loss.

James Clancy

October 29, 2013

Bob was my supervisor at the Comptroller's Office. I liked to compare his Army and Vietnam stories to my Navy stories. When he would laugh, a person got to see a happy side of Bob come out. He was always good for having a couple of funny zingers to tell at our staff meetings. R.I.P. Bob. My prayers are with you and your family.