September 20, 1934 - January 6, 2022
Robert was born in McDonough County near Walnut Grove, Illinois to J. Miles McGrew and Maribel Waters McGrew on September 20, 1934. For seven years he attended a country school – the Pittenger School. The school was consolidated with Prairie City and in his senior year Prairie City was consolidated with Bushnell. He graduated from Bushnell-Prairie City in 1952. He attended Western Illinois University for two years and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served four years. Upon being discharged as a Sergeant, he enrolled in Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. There he met Barbara Hankey, a summer school student and elementary school teacher from Gettysburg. They were married in Gettysburg, PA on June 17, 1961. Bob completed his degree at Greenville University in 1962 and completed a Master’s degree at Middle Tennessee University in 1968. Bob taught science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and other courses) for 6 years in Illinois and 19 years at Nebraska Christian Schools in Central City, Nebraska. He worked as a project manager for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for nine years. He retired December 31, 1999. After he retired he worked part-time for the McGrew Brothers in planting and harvesting crops. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, J. Miles and Maribel McGrew; siblings James McGrew, Richard McGrew, and Ronald McGrew; and great-grandchildren Louisa Schriever and Willow Goodsell. Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara McGrew; children Faith Bontrager, Hope Golden (Rob), Daniel (Karla), and Nola Joy Compton (Dan); 12 grandchildren, Josiah Bontrager (Ariel), Annette Halsey (Dan), Stephanie Goelz (Kelly), Melody Powell (Paul), Jon Golden, Rebecca Golden, Chanda Goodsell (Nick), Ellen Schriever (Joshua), Shance McGrew, Grace Compton, Catherine Compton, and Lily Compton; and 10 great-grandchildren, (Halsey) Clara, Lydia, Daniel, John, (Goelz) Bianca and Ruby, (Goodsell) Katie, Wyatt, Weston, and Sybil Schriever. Robert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who always had an open lap for reading books and rocking little ones. He loved his Lord and wanted everyone to know the Savior. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM at Hurley Funeral Home, 603 E. Chestnut St. Mason City, City, Il 62664. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Bushnell Recreation & Cultural Center, 300 Miller St. Bushnell, IL. 61422 with an additional hour of visitation from 10:00 AM until service time with Pastor Steve Ohl officiating. Burial to follow at Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenview First Baptist Church or Samaritans Purse. Online condolences can be left at www.hurleyfuneralhome.com. Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City is in charge of the arrangements.
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