Robert E. Waters Sr., “Ol Bob,” 80, of Channahon, Ill. and formerly Morris, Ill., passed away Saturday morning Nov. 9, 2013, at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill..
Born Nov. 13, 1932, in Utica, Ill., Bob was a son of the late John Sylvester and Catherine Ann Neary-Waters. He was raised and educated in Utica and worked for Metro Rubber in Morris until its closing. Bob was a member of Living Stones Community Church in Channahon, the Morris Moose Lodge, the National Rifleman’s Association and was active with the Channahon Lions Club.
He was a great animal lover who was active in animal rescue and volunteered at Cross Roads Animal Hospital. Bob was a tremendous supporter of The Salvation Army and Paralyzed Veteran’s, and actively assisted on a regular basis with Living Manna Food Pantry. He enjoyed his plants, birds and appreciated wildlife as a whole. Bob took pleasure in woodworking, and leaves behind many of his handcrafted clocks and shelves. Bob loved making people laugh and his enthusiasm for Christmas and the holidays will be remembered from his many engagements as Santa in Morris and at PetSmart over the past years.
Survivors include his wife, Rosie, whom he married Feb. 14, 1987; eight children, Jackie Meyers (Larry Mann) and Barb (J.R.) Brown, both of Morris, Christine (Curtis) Crumb and Robert Waters, Jr., both of Channahon, John (Cheryl) Waters of North Dakota, Laurie (Royce) Spencer of Virginia, Laurie (Tim) Smith of Morris and Julie (Bob) Watts of Wilmington, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Tammie Myers, Dawn (John) Bitter, Eric (Jill) Rodriguez, Shanna Ramsey, Jarrod (Kristina) Clausel, Ashley (Ron) Forsyth, Jessica Stiles, Stephanie Rose Yedinak, Savannah Gornik, Heath Waters, Nikki Watts, Melissa Unland and Kristina Unland; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Honey Rae Waters (2012); and his special aunt Adele Cochran.
The family will receive friend at Living Stones Community Church, 25124 S. Fryer St. in Channahon, from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, until the time of the noon funeral service. The Rev. Joe Pospischil will officiate and burial will follow in Willard Grove Cemetery, Channahon.
As quoted by Ol’ Bob – “If the good Lord’s a willin’ and the creeks don’t rise, we’ll be here, so don’t be surprised ...”
Pallbearers will be Jarrod Clausel, Eric Rodriguez, Curtis Crumb, J.R. Brown, Dave Link and Dave Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Lewis, Wyatt, Rodriguez and Schyler Matney.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Bob’s memory to Living Stones Community Church or to Cross Roads Animal Hospital.
Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by visiting www.ReevesFuneral.com.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris; 815-942-2500.