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Robert "Bob" E. Peterson

November 23, 1943 — February 14, 2016

Robert “Bob” E. Peterson, 72, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 1:00 A.M. Sunday, February 14, 2016 at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center, Galesburg, Illinois. Bob was born on November 23, 1943 in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Kenneth and Hazel (Fox) Peterson. He was raised and educated in Knoxville, Illinois, graduating from Knoxville High School in 1961. He married Kay Soper on July 3, 1964 at Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Illinois, and she survives. Bob worked in the warehouse at Gates Rubber Company for 43 years. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Galesburg, Illinois and the Little John Conservation Club in Victoria, Illinois. Bob enjoyed reading the newspaper, traveling, and collecting antiquities, He loved caring for his animals and especially loved spending time with his friends and family. Bob is survived by his wife, Kay of Galesburg, Illinois; one daughter, Sue (Tom) LaFollette of Galesburg, Illinois, one son, Dan Peterson of Galesburg, Illinois; five grandchildren; three great Grandchildren; one brother, Bud (Donna) Peterson of Knoxville, Illinois; two sisters, Evelyn Johnson and Marge Neff, both of Knoxville, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg, Illinois, Monday, February 22, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. Friends and family welcome. Memorials may be left to Little John Conservation Club. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made at To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Robert "Bob" E. Peterson please visit our Sympathy Store.
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