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Robert Shanklin

August 13, 1936 — September 8, 2018

Robert J. Shanklin, 82, of rural Toluca died on September 8, 2018 at Richard L. Owens Hospice House in Peoria. Born in Belle Plain Township on August 13, 1936 to the late Walter and Elsie Holz Shanklin, he married Susan Miller on July 5, 1964 in Lacon. Susan died on October 28, 2008. Robert farmed in the Varna and Toluca area for all of his life. On the side he was a lab chemist at J&L Steel, an assembler for Caterpillar, and drove truck for Roanoke Concrete and Star Transfer to help raise a family. He was a member of the Antioch Christian Church, serving as a Deacon and playing on the softball team. Robert also belong to the Farm Bureau and UAW 974.
He is survived by his sons Christian Shanklin of Peru, Eric Shanklin of Varna, Brother Roger (Sheila) Shanklin of Lexington IL, sister Doris Jean Hull of Fresno CA. He was also preceded in death by five brothers, one sister, daughter Tracy Shanklin, and daughter-in-law Amy Dilley Shanklin.
Cremation rights have been accorded and a memorial service will be held Friday, September 14 at 7pm at Antioch Christian Church in Toluca with Dr. Robert Idell officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-7pm prior to service and Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Varna Fire and Ambulance or his church and online condolences can be left at


SEP 14. 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Antioch Christian Church
Toluca, IL

Memorial Service

SEP 14. 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)

Antioch Christian Church
Toluca, IL

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