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Robert Detrick

August 1st, 1936 – September 1st, 2018

Robert Detrick, age 82 of Lewistown, IL, passed away at 7:30 am Saturday, September 1, 2018 at his home. He was born on August 1, 1936 in Quincy, IL, the son of C.P. and Carrie Mae (Lawson) Detrick. He married Marilyn Black on March 1, 1961 in Lewistown, She survives.

Also surviving are two sons; Daniel (and Julie) Detrick of Huntsville, Alabama and Will Detrick of Davenport, Iowa, four grandchildren, Aaron, Samuel, Maggie, and Wyatt Detrick, and his sister, Virginia Crase of Manito, Illinois.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Steven Detrick.

Bob taught social studies at East Peoria and Pekin before being called to the military. Throughout his career in the military and educational field, Bob was school principle at Manito, school administrator at Easton, and taught social studies at Illini Central Schools. He also taught the Chinese language under a fellowship program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Bob entered the United States Air Force. He attended college at WIU in Macomb, IL, before being called back to the military to attend flight school. He was also sent to signal school, where he learned the Chinese language. He was most proud of the medal received from General Lai Ming-Tang, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of National Defense, Republic of China.

He was a life member of the Havana VFW Post #6408. He was a 50 year member of the Manito Masonic Lodge #476 AF & AM, the Order of the Eastern Star of Pekin, IL, the Peoria, IL Consistory Masonic Temple, and AFIFI Shriners of Tacoma, WA.

Bob enjoyed camping, fishing, taking walks and target practice. He took piano lessons as an adult and even participated in several recitals. He enjoyed owning two 1934 Fords during his lifetime.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Lewistown, IL. Pastor Kathy Barrett will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 5-7 pm at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria and on Saturday, one hour prior to the services at the church. Masonic services will be held on Friday evening at 7:00 pm at the funeral home, provided by the Vermont Masonic Lodge. Interment will be in the Apple Cemetery in Lewistown with full military rites. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, the Easton United Methodist Church, or the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.


September 4th, 2018

Our sympathies to Bob's family. I attended school with Bob and we met again in Japan and California during our Air Force Careers. Bob was a dedicated Air Force member and Chinese Linguist. CMSgt Lowell Aten (USAF Retired) and Mary Aten

September 4th, 2018

So sorry to hear of Bobs passing.. Freind s for a long time. Bob and Loretta

September 4th, 2018

Carol and I met Bob and Marilyn on my first day of active duty in the Air Force, and we’ve been close friends ever since. Bob was my best man and Marilyn was Carols Maid of Honor. We will miss you Bob!

September 5th, 2018

Our most sincere condolences to the Detrick family. Bob was a great man with many wonderful stories. It was truly an honor to have known him and a privilege to call him our friend. Marilyn, you have our deepest sympathies and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that you are loved dearly.
In friendship and love,
Thurman & Jennifer Fitch

September 9th, 2018

Thinking of you ALL
From the Taylor Families

September 9th, 2018

Marilyn, I am so sorry to learn of Robert's death just a short time ago today from Hilda. She only heard it on the radio, but didn't catch all the details. I could have come to the funeral. May God comfort you and your sons and all of your family. I found the obituary at the Shawgo Funeral Home on-line. I'll attach it and send it to the Stufflebeam distribution list.
Blessings to you and your family.
Thelma Bovard

June 18th, 2022

I was a student of Bob's at Easton HS , he made me aware of an exiting world that existed outside the bleek Bodunk town I
loathed .
He was a great story teller that you knew could blow you away
With the true ones but any he had to tell would do fine ...
As a teacher he made people better .