Roland Robert “Bob” Loehr, 79, of Salem, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home with his family around him.
He was born Sept. 23, 1934, in Moores Prairie, the son of Richard and Christina (Ewald) Loehr. They preceded him in death.
He married Alleta (Horton) Karcher on June 27, 1964, in Belle Rive and she survives in Salem.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Loehr is survived by two children, Linda Hill and husband Billy of Salem and Michael Todd Karcher and wife Karen of Dahlgren; three brothers, Bill Loehr of Fairfield, Ralph Loehr and wife Judy of Elgin and Larry Loehr and wife Bernice of St. Charles; two sisters, Geraldine Moore of Dahlgren and Ruthaleen Hart and husband Dave of Dahlgren; seven grandchildren, Billy Hill of Marion, Brian Hill of Salem, Bobby Hill and wife April of Nashville, Taylor Hill and fiance David Villalobos of Salem, Zachary Lemmon of McLeansboro, Jessica Stover and fiance Danny Chapman of McLeansboro and Joshua Karcher and wife Brandi of Dahlgren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; one aunt, Stella Ewald of Dahlgren; and special friends, Michael Host and family of New Lenox and the Hart family of Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Leanna Kelly.
Bob attended Mt. Vernon High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy 1950-55, during the Korean War. He belonged to the American Legion Post 1078 in Salem. He retired from American Brake Shoe in Chicago and moved to Salem in 1975. He and his wife owned and operated Loehr Heating and Air Conditioning and Commerical Refrigeration for 35 years. His favorite past time was spending time with his family and going to car shows with his 1984 El Camino.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dahlgren with Father Robert Zwilling officiating. Burial will follow in the Belle Rive Cemetery with military honors accorded at the graveside by the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 Honor Guard.
Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem.
Memorials may be made to the Belle Rive Cemetery and will be accepted by the Rankin Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.