CHATHAM – Robert Bob Knox, 76, of
Chatham died at 4 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2009, at his residence.
He was born April 5, 1933, in Union City, Tenn., the son of Eugene Knox and Rita Hackwith. He married Frances Fran A. Volk on Aug. 13, 1954.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Ryne Sheehan; and three brothers, Eugene Jr., Charles and Alan
He is survived by his wife, Frances A. Knox of Chatham; a daughter, Kathy (deceased husband, Alan) Schnapp of Chatham; two sons, Robert M. (wife, Elizabeth) Knox of New Berlin and Patrick W. (wife, Crystal) Knox of Springfield; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, James (wife, Patricia) Knox of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bob was a resident of Springfield most of his life. He retired in 1991 from Control Data Corp., and most recently worked part time at Uptown Garages at Fourth and Washington streets.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Illinois Army National Guard. He belonged to St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham, where he was a member of the choir. Bob was a member of Knights of Columbus 4179, Eagles Aerie 437 and was a past member of the Prop Club. He was a member of Springfield Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2008 as a Friend of Sport, and inducted in 2007 with the 1952 Feitshans football team. He was inducted in 2007 to the Illinois National Softball Association Hall of Fame. He was an umpire for over 50 years for high school and college softball and baseball. Bob was a member of the Springfield Bowling Association, where he served as a director and past president.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with prayers at 4 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham, with the Rev. John Nolan officiating. Burial will be at Old Salem Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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