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Mr. Robert S. "Bob" Hellem

June 13, 1933 ~ November 2, 2018 (age 85)

Mr. Robert S. "Bob" Hellem, 85, of Galesburg, Illinois died 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Illinois.

He was born June 13, 1933 in Berthold, North Dakota to Sever C. and Josie Johnson Hellem.  He married Shirley J. Price October 25, 1975.  She survives.

Also surviving is a son, Mark D. (and Melinda) Gordon of Lafayette, Colorado, a daughter, Linda D. (and Daniel) Searles of Marietta, Georgia, two sisters, Lila Roethel of Michigan and Helen (and Dick) Arnseth of Moorhead, Minnesota and four grandchildren, Megan, Melissa, and Kyle Gordon and Andrew Robert Searles.  He was preceded in death by his parent, three brothers, Vernon Hellem and Mahlon Hellem and Orlie J. Hellem. 

Bob Graduated from Northwood High School in Northwood, North Dakota in 1951 and North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota in 1955.  He completed his Master’s Degree from Arizona State University, Arizona.  He served in the United States Army.  He was an engineer for Ford Motor Company, Rock Island Arsenal and Nomura in Rock Island, Illinois for 40 years.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Galesburg, where he was a member of the choir for many years.  He was a member of the Galesburg Noon Kiwanis. 

Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Galesburg.  Rev. Mary Runge will officiate.  Burial will be in Warren County Hope Cemetery.  Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the church.  Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Noon Kiwanis, Galesburg. Online Condolences may be made at

Donations may be made to:

First United Methodist Church

Noon Kiwanis
Galesburg IL 61401

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