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12/21/2020 9:56:00 AM
Robert William Hamer
July 10, 1933 - December 19, 2020
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Robert William Hamer, 87 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:22 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL.

He was born on July 10, 1933 in Alton, Ill. the son of William T. and Edna G. (Honeyman) Hamer. He Married Patricia B. Bishop on June 1, 1957 and she preceded him in death. He later married Bette Jo Ulz on December 31, 1992 and she also preceded him in death.

Bob was the owner of Elm Street Market in Alton, Ill. for 13 years and he was a State Farm Insurance Agent for 29 years in Taylorville.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #25 AF & AM in Alton, Ill., a past President of the Barber Shop Singers, VP of Taylorville Country Club, Board Member the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, and a Past President of the Taylorville Rotary Club. He served in the Army as a military policeman and he coached Little League for many years.

Bob was known for his quick wit, a good joke and vibrant personality. He was the true essence of a family man. He enjoyed spending time with his family at every opportunity afforded to him. Bob was fortunate enough to see his grandsons flourish into successful adults and had three beautiful great-grandchildren wrapped around his heart.

He is survived by his daughters: Susan (Jim) Montgomery of Taylorville, Ill., Sara (Steve) Kirby of Pawnee, Ill., Sandy (Scott) Hockman of Champaign, Ill., honorary daughter: Cendy “Lulu” (VanTassell) Luto; grandchildren: Shaefer (Paige) Kirby, Spencer (Britney) Kirby, Mitchell Hockman; great-grandchildren: Stella, Knox and Fitz Kirby; sister-in-law: Janet Bishop; nephews: Mark Clark and Richie Bishop; nieces: Laura Clark, Helen Bishop, Jana Bishop, Regina Bishop and Rosemary Bishop.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and both wives, sister: Sally Hamer-Clark and brother-in-law: Michael Bishop.

Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Ill. with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.  Military Graveside Honors will be provided by the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, the American Legion Post #72 and the Department of Defense.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign their online guest book at

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