Robert C. Gaither, 86, of Taylorville, IL died at 6:50 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
He was born August 3, 1926 in Golden Gate, IL, the son of John William and Mary Jane Walker Gaither. On March 23, 1950 he married Margaret Fay Weber in Fairfield, IL. Mr. Gaither was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Fairfield, IL, and attended First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Mr. Gaither was an Air Force Veteran serving in World War II from June 1945 to November 1946. He had been a teacher and principal for over 40 years. He served for over 50 years as County Counselor for Boy’s State and had a city named after him at Boy’s State. In 2008 Mr. Gaither was honored at an American Legion awards banquet held at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, where he received the American Legion Abraham Lincoln Award and the President’s Call to Service Award for his fifty years of extraordinary and distinguished services as a volunteer and counselor. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Catlin, IL, and Boy’s State Board of Directors for Premier Boy’s State. He was a Sunday School teacher for many years. He had over 1,200 hours of volunteer service at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, and Mary Bryant Home for the Blind in Springfield. He enjoyed his family, his garden, working in the yard and his “grand dogs,” Bella and Sophie.
He is survived by his wife, Fay Gaither of Taylorville; son, Mike Gaither and companion Lori Young of Springfield; daughters, Anne Simpson and husband Bill of Taylorville and Mary S. Blakeman of Taylorville; daughter-in-law, Jan Gaither of Chatham; four grandchildren, Michael Gaither and wife Lauren, Naperville, IL, Cindy Gaither and companion Anne Schroer of Olathe, KS, Kris Valenti and husband Zach of Rochester, and John R. Blakeman of Taylorville; three great-grandchildren, Meghan Gaither, Courtney Gaither and Addison Gaither; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Lillian Hedrick, Mary Alice Collins, Wilma Gaither, Helen Gaither, Evelyn Morell, Jean Elkins, Ross Gaither, Earl Gaither, Francis Gaither, William Gaither and Donald Gaither.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 8 at McClure Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for Robert C. Gaither, 86, of Taylorville, were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2013 at McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Military Graveside Rites by joint unit of VFW Post 4495, American Legion Post 78 and AmVets Post 29. Scott M. McClure officiated the services.
Pallbearers were Mike Gaither II, John R. Blakeman, Zach Valenti, Craig Ewing, Dale Weber, Robert Weber and Bill Simpson.