Obituary: Robert J. Springer, 88, of Eureka

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka – The Rev. Robert J. "Bob" Springer, 88, died at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.

Born July 4, 1923, in Saybrook, to Theodore A. and Leah L. (Naffziger) Springer, he married Eileen M. Zehr Oct. 27, 1944, in Fisher.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Jon Randall (Anne) Springer, of Tucson, Ariz.; and a daughter, Jan Rene Springer of Morton; three brothers, Paul (Aldie) Springer of Fisher; Wilfred (Darleen) of Dallas, Texas; Merle (Joan) Springer of Austin, Texas; and one sister, Irene (LeRoy) Bechler of Goshen, Ind.; two granddaughters; one step-granddaughter; four great-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Bob graduated from the Bellflower Township High School, Bellflower, completed a course of study at Goshen College, Goshen Ind., and was a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. He was ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and attended Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

He served in the Christian Education and Youth Ministries of Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson City. Also, he served as pastor of churches in Petersburg, Bethany, Farmer City and Peoria. He served as managing director of The Christian Center, an interdenominational youth and family center, in Peoria for 21 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. The Rev. Kerry Frantz will officiate. Visitation will be from from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka and one hour prior to the service at the church. Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at The East Bend Memorial Gardens of Fisher in Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian Center, 4100 Brandywine Drive, Peoria, IL or The Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped of Morton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at