Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 5, 2013

Robert Hastings


Effingham Daily News

LOUISVILLE — Robert Lee “Bob” Hastings, 86, of rural Louisville, died at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, after almost a 2 1/2 year stay in the long term care unit at Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney.

    Funeral services for Mr. Hastings will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Frank & Bright Funeral Home with the Rev. Brad Henson officiating. Music will be provided by Kevin and Travis Hastings. Burial will be in Dillman Cemetery, Sailor Springs, with full military honors. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 5, and an hour before the funeral service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Clay County Diabetes Support Group or the American Red Cross. Online condolences may be left at www.frankandbright.com.

    Mr. Hastings was born March 14, 1926, in Bible Grove, the son of Ralph C. and Ella E. Elston Hastings. He married Ruth Adelaide Cox of Flora on Jan. 23, 1949. Bob and Ruth shared more than 61 years of marriage until she was called to her eternal home on April 30, 2010. Bob enjoyed a lifetime of farming, almost 40 years of pumping oil wells, volunteering for the American Red Cross in various ways including his regular blood donations, and serving for a time on the Clay County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Extension Council. He and his wife were known for their produce, which they very much enjoyed sharing with family, neighbors and friends.  Bob and Ruth enjoyed spending time in Branson, Mo. He also enjoyed spending time at weekly livestock auctions through the years. Bob also served a short stint in the United States Navy.

    Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Jack and Jennie L. Hastings, and Warren Dale Hastings, all of rural Louisville; two grandsons and granddaughter-in-law, Kevin L. Hastings of Champaign, and Travis W. and Elizabeth M. Hastings of Effingham. He is also survived by brother-in-law, John S. Cox and wife, Jean Cox, of Flora, and sister-in-law, Leona Cox of Flora; six nieces; three nephews; many great- nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

    Preceding him in death were his wife; parents; infant brother, Hiser C. Hastings; in addition to brothers and sisters in law, Charles W. Cox, Mary L. and Oren F. Dennis, Martha K. and E. Berl Jennings, and Ruby E. Cox, all formerly of Flora.