Mr. Robert Lee “Bob” Washington, 81, of Galesburg passed away 1:19 a.m. Monday May 11, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
He was born June 8, 1938 in Greenville, Mississippi, to Guy and Maggie (Brown) Washington. He married his lifelong partner of 20 years, Lorraine (Woods) Washington on July 11, 2017. She survives.
He leaves to cherish his memories, four children, Shirley Washington and Ramona Mack of Peoria, Rodney (Versia) Mack of Columbus, Georgia and Jackie (Jonathon) Robertson of Norfolk, Virginia; five step children, Greg Davis, Jennifer Davis, Brandy Mabry all of Peoria; Nicole (Will) Machen of Oceanside, California, Pierre Woods of Jersey City, New Jersey; two brothers, Thomas Cayson of Peoria and Roger Washington of Galesburg; four sisters, Celestine Dunn of Houston, Texas, Hardy (Melvin) Evans, Gloria (John) Clark and Letha (Edward) Cagle all of Peoria; special friends of 50 years, Michael (Mattie) Steward of Galesburg; and a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandkids, great grandkids and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Willie Washington, Toulem Washington, Willie B. Brown and Jimmie Washington, and one sister, Elsie Miller.
Bob worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years retiring in 2004. He loved to fish, play bingo, cards and going to the casino. Bob was a member of the New Home Missionary Baptist Church.
Due to the COVID pandemic and social distancing, a drive thru visitation and viewing will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May, 22, 2020 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. following the visitation at East Linwood Cemetery, with Rev. Kimberly Bonds officiating. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com
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