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Robert Bledsoe

January 2, 1922 — February 20, 2015

Robert S. Bledsoe, 93, of Peoria passed away at Unity Point Proctor in Peoria on February 20, 2015.

Robert was born to Walter and L. Annetta (Stuck) Bledsoe on January 2, 1922 in Eden. He married Ellen A. Noble on June 21, 1942 in Peoria. She survives.

Robert graduated from Manual Training High School in 1940 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1942. He served as a Bomber Pilot in WWII, and was honorably discharged in 1944. He formed Ball and Bledsoe Builders, Inc. with his brother-in-law, Wayne E. Ball, and operated until his retirement in 1985.

Robert is survived by his wife; three daughters, Karen (Ron) McMullen of San Antonio, TX, Kristi Pogue of Peoria, and Denise Martin of Peoria; one brother, Wayne Bledsoe of Villa Park; and one sister, Lois Willingham of California. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Geoffrey Kirk of East Peoria, Jake Martin of East Peoria, and Sara Martin of Peoria; and one great-grandchild, Cy Matthew Martin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas; sisters Betty Burk and Margie Ball; and son-in-law, Earl Pogue.

Robert was a past president of the Peoria Evening Optimist Club, a member of the Carpenters Union Local 183, sang in the choir at Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian, and was a passenger on the first Honor Flight from Peoria. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, good jokes, and watching the Chicago Cubs. Robert's family was his most valuable treasure; He always enjoyed having his loved ones near.

A memorial service will be held at First Federated Church in Peoria on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:00am. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service time at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial of Robert's ashes will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials in honor of Robert may be made to Peoria Honor Flight or Disabled American Veterans.

Robert's online memorial website may be viewed at


FEB 26. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

First Federated Church

Memorial Service

FEB 26. 11:00 AM

First Federated Church

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