Robert “Bob” Eugene Trainor died in his home surrounded by loved ones on April 21st, 2024.

He was born April 4, 1941, to the late George R. and Frances (Henderson) Trainor. He married R. Kathryn Chiola in 1971. They later divorced in 1983. He then married Cynthia (Buck) Ketchum in 1986 and enjoyed 38 years with her. She survives.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by one daughter, Amy (Richard) Stewart of Springfield and one son, Anthony (Tanja) Trainor of Barrington; three step- daughters, Nicki Benjamin, Christy (Warren) Woodward, and Lisa (Kenneth) Gower all of Quincy; six grandchildren, Jackson “Jackie”, Sophia, Isabelle, and Charlotte Stewart of Springfield, and Annabel and Josephine Trainor of Barrington; and 7 step-grandchildren, Kyle Callarman of San Antonio and Tarryn Benjamin of Quincy, Caroline and Jillian Woodward of Quincy, and Kayleigh Ketchum, Emily and Ryan Gower of Quincy. Affectionately referred to as “Uncle Aaah,” he is also survived by a niece, Kristen (Leo) Navar of Schaumburg, and nephew, Paul (Alisande) Rapps of Geneseo. Numerous other in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive Bob. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janet K. Rapps.

Bob loved home renovation projects, often, but not always, to the dismay of his wife. He enjoyed riding his lawn mower and driving his beloved truck. His passion was woodworking. Among his creations were dollhouses, rocking horses, toy chests, birdhouses and signs, all to the delight of his family and friends. His grandchildren will continue to treasure his creations.

A die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, his activities revolved around their game schedule. Brett Favre was his favorite player and he even owned (a) stock in the franchise. He also loved the Boston Red Sox and Ted Williams.

Bob loved his family. He was an active and present father and grandfather. He loved watching his grandchildren in their activities and performances until his health prevented him from doing so. He never missed an opportunity to let them know how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. When they visited, they never left without hearing “Come back anytime!”

He and Cindy enjoyed a full and wonderful life together. They enjoyed traveling to Marco Island, Florida, spending time with their life-long friends, and working together to make a comfortable and fulfilling life together. She will carry on in his memory and continue enjoying the beautiful life they created.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy from 1966- 1970. He was stationed in several places including Hawaii, Bahrain, and Saigon. He then worked for the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for 31 years, retiring in 2001 as a Contract Administrator. After retirement, he became an active volunteer at HSHS St. John’s Hospital for 15 years. He was a member of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman.

Memorial Gathering: 10 am – 12 pm, Monday, April 29, 2024 at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman.

Memorial Mass: 12 pm, Monday, April 29, 2024 at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman with Reverend Fredrick Chima Mbiere officiating.

Military honors will be conducted after the memorial mass by the U.S. Navy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Bob’s name to St. John Vianney Church or HSHS St. John’s Samaritans.

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