Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

June 11, 2013

Robert St. John


Effingham Daily News

---- — Robert E. “Bob” St. John, 77, of Mattoon, formerly of Neoga, passed away at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Mattoon Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Janesville Cemetery with the Rev. Don Winch officiating. Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Arcola Presbyterian Church, 311 E. Jefferson, Arcola, IL 61910, or to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be left at www.swengel-odell.com.

Bob was born April 7, 1936, in Neoga, the son of Alvin and Edna (Pickering) St. John. He was a graduate of the Neoga High School and served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1962. He was a retired welder for the Decatur Caterpillar Company. Bob married Karen Thornton July 18, 1993, in Cleveland, Tenn., and he enjoyed fishing, lawn care and visiting with his friends.

Bob leaves his wife, Karen St.John of Mattoon; one daughter, Christine Myers and husband, Garrett, of Effingham; one stepson, Karl Thornton and wife, Myra, of Gays; one stepdaughter, Donna Daigh and husband, Bill, of Virginia Beach, Va.; three brothers, Edward St. John and wife, Karen, of Olathe, Kan., Richard St. John and wife, Donna, of Sullivan, and Gerald St. John of Trilla; two sisters, Carol Smith and husband, Dale, of Trilla, and Shirley Rice and husband, Gary, of Mattoon; five grandchildren, Kasey St. John and Zachary Myers, both of Effingham, Kari Thornton of Peoria, Karla Magnotta of Illiopolis, and Matthew Thornton of Hickman Air Force Base, Hawaii; one great-granddaughter, Maggie Anderson of Effingham; and one great-grandson, Kurtis Magnotta of Illiopolis.

Mr. St. John was preceded in death by his parents and one great granddaughter, Addyson Anderson.

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