East Peoria- Robert E. Willis, 78, of East Peoria, died at 2:05 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at his home.
Born Aug. 7, 1934, in Edwards, he married Eileen Masters Feb. 27, 1960, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are seven children, Greg (Debbie) Willis of Gilbert, Ariz., Kathy (Curtis Phillips) Kerker of Washington, Steve (Maria Atherton) Willis of Germantown Hills, Margaret (Scott) Thatcher of Georgetown, Del., Jenny (Steve) Ball of East Peoria, Tim Willis of Albuquerque, N.M., and Julia (Orlando) Duran of Washington; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Robert was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Willis on July 22, 2011, a granddaughter, Sabrina Duran on March 27, 2007, and a sister, Norma Kneer.
Bob was a general supervisor in general accounting for Caterpillar Tractor Co., retiring in 1987 with more than 35 years of service. He served in the United States Army.
Bob was a member of the Elks in Peoria.
Funeral Service will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in East Peoria. The Rev. Mark Westman will officiate. Honoring Bob's wishes cremation rites will follow. Visitation will take place on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. The celebration of Bob's life will continue after the service at the Elks Club in Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Methodist Hospice or Tazewell Animal Protective Society.
Robert's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where online condolences may be left for the family.