Robert M. Greer, 81, of Springfield, died at 5:55 pm, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born, February 6, 1930 in Mattoon, IL to Marion F. and Gladys Crane Greer. He married Wilma M. Brcenec on February 13, 1954 and she preceded him in death on April 25, 1985. He married Virginia “Ginny” Leonard Stinnett on July 20, 1991 and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Vickie (Perry) Walter; two stepsons Bill Stinnett of Springfield and Jason (Takako) Stinnett of Japan; two sisters, Patricia (I.J.) Elmore and Mary Lou Traylor both of Springfield; two brothers Richard (Marg) Greer and John (Julie) Greer both of Springfield; one grandchild; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Ron) Fehring and Judith (Larry) Bellamy and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents; first wife; and one grandson, Brian Walter preceded him in death.
Bob attended Springfield Elementary Schools and Springfield High School. He graduated from New Berlin High School in 1949. He served in the US Navy and was stationed in Norfolk and served in Japan and Korea.
He was a member of the Central Illinois Republican Committee where he served as a precinct Committeeman and district chairman. He was also a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 7; National Corvette Restorer’s Society and was a founding member of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
Bob was known nationwide for his love of Corvettes. He owned and operated BG Corvettes from 1987 through August 2005. His pride and joy was his 1964 corvette, with which he won the Bloomington Gold award and then went on to receive the Duntov Award through the NCRS.
He loved drag racing and raced at various Illinois and Indianapolis tracks.
Bob retired from the State of Illinois in December 1990 and had previously worked for Allis Chalmers, Springfield Sanitary District and the Sangamon County Road Department.
Visitation: 4-6 pm Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 11 am, Monday, August 29, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with Charles VanMeter officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in Lincoln where military honors will be conducted.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John’s Hospice or Memorial Medical Center Foundation.