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Robert "Bob" J. DobbelsSeptember 30, 1931 ~ February 24, 2017 (age 85)
Robert "Bob" J. Dobbels, 85, of rural Cambridge, died Friday, February 24, 2017, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 28th, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge. Father John Burns will officiate. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church or Hillcrest Home Activity Fund. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Robert John Dobbels was born September 30, 1931 in Cambridge Township, the son of Alfred A. and Mary H. Buyck Dobbels. He was educated in Cambridge area schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1949. He was also a charter member of the Cambridge FFA Chapter. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. His marriage to Donna Jean Nelson took place on September 17, 1955 in Geneseo. He was a lifelong farmer and raised grain, hogs, and cattle on his farm from 1954 until retiring in 1995. Bob helped start the Cambridge Champs 4-H Club.
His memberships included the Galva Co-op, the Illinois Blue Cross Board, the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990, the Flemish-American Club in Kewanee, the Indian Trails, the Henry County Pork Producer, where he served as vice president, and the Henry County Farm Bureau, where he served as secretary for five years. He was instrumental in establishing the new St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Cambridge and was on the church board for several years. Bob enjoyed playing cards, attending his grandchildren's sporting events, watching western movies, word search books, and traveling in the United States and foreign countries with his family. He also wrote a book on the history of his family so his grandchildren would know their heritage.
Those surviving are his wife, Donna Jean, two daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Brian Dwyer, rural Woodhull, Cheryl and Rick Valek, Bolingbrook, IL, a son and daughter-in-law, Lanny and Diane Dobbels, rural Galva, grandchildren, Travis (Starla) Fransene, Trevor Fransene, Trent Fransene, Nathan (Kassie) Dobbels, Austin Dobbels, Abigail Valek, and Alyssa Valek, step grandchildren, Andrew (Amber) Dwyer, and Daniel Dwyer, great grandchildren, Gage, Tatum, Talan, and Barrett Fransene, and step great grandchildren, Kynlee and Kora Dwyer. Other survivors include a sister, Joan Dobbels-Morris, Toulon, four brothers, James (Carol) Dobbels, David (Deb) Dobbels, Donald (Kathy) Dobbels, and Alvin (Joyce) Dobbels, all of Cambridge, and a sister-in-law, Leona Dobbels, Geneseo. His parents, a daughter, Sister Becky Dobbels, two brothers, Alfred, Jr. and Gilbert Dobbels, and a son-in-law, Tom Fransene preceded him in death.
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