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Robert "Bob" John Strand Sr.

December 27, 1923 September 27, 2015
Robert "Bob" John Strand Sr.
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Obituary for Robert "Bob" John Strand Sr.

EAST PEORIA Robert John Bob Strand Sr., 91, of East Peoria passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Heartland Health Riverview in East Peoria.
Bob was born on Dec.27, 1923, in Libertyville, Ill., to the late Philip E. Sr. and Christina Mary (Wolff) Strand. He married Beverly Joyce Becky Totten on Sept. 13, 1947. She preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Carl Hapke; his brothers, Phil and Ray; and his brother-in-law, Jack Totten; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Strand, Marguerite Strand and Media Totten.
He is survived by one daughter, Tobi (Steve) Gresback of Riverton, Wyo.; one son, Robert J. (Terri) Strand Jr. of Frontenac, Kans.; granddaughter, Margo Strand of Frontenac, Kans.; grandsons, Zane (Ali) Gresback of North Charleston, S.C., Drew (Andrea) and Cal Strand both of Frontenac, Kans.; his dear friend, Mary Hanabury of Winslow, Maine; his beloved niece and goddaughter, Stephanie (Earle) Blomeyer of Atlanta, Ga.; his beloved niece and mentor, Margot Sugar Water (Robert) Jensen of Stockton, Calif.; and numerous kind neighbors and friends.
Bob attended the University of Iowa from 1941-42, Oberlin College from 1944-46, and Bradley University from 1946-48, where he received his bachelor of science in business administration with a minor in education.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps at 18 and served from July 30, 1942, to Feb. 27, 1946. An expert rifleman, he was rifle instructor, scout and sniper. He served in the Pacific with the 5th Amphibious Corps and was assigned to officer training (Navy V-12) at Oberlin College in 1944.
Bobs family was always proud of his impressive athletic background as a three-sport college athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He played end on the 1945 undefeated Oberlin College football team and broke the colleges scoring record in basketball. He was named to All-Ohio basketball teams in 1945 and 1946. After leaving Oberlin, he completed his education at Bradley University, where he played end on the 1946 Bradley football team that finished 7-2 and was a member of the 1947 NIT basketball team.
After graduation, he was employed in engine service on the (TPW) Santa Fe Railway from June 19, 1950, to Dec. 21, 1984. His union service includes general chairman of the General Committee of Adjustment for TPW and AT SF Santa Fe Railways, secretary on National Concerted Movements (1963-69), member of the Board of Directors on Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLFE) and member of the Board of Appeals-Enginemen United Transportation Union (UTU).
Bob was a member of numerous organizations including Sigma Chi fraternity, American Legion Post #2, UTU Retiree Program, Peoria Chiefs Boosters Club, and Old Timers Baseball Association. He was a Life Loyal Sig and Semi-Century Sig. He was also a lifelong member of the Bradley B Club and a life member of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni chapter.
He will be remembered fondly for his deep love for his wife, Becky, and his family, for his patriotism in serving our nation, and for his continuous support of Bradley athletics, Peoria Chiefs, and the Chicago Cubs.
Semper Fi
A private graveside service will be on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Swan Lake Memory Gardens Mausoleum. There will be no visitation. Wright Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice.
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