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Robert G. “Bob” Hulvey

Canton- Robert G. “Bob” Hulvey, 84, of Canton, passed away at 12:31 PM on Monday, February 10, 2020 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on April 3, 1935 in Table Grove, Illinois, a son of Ross and Stella (White) Hulvey. He married Jeannett Williams on March 10, 1956 in Astoria, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Chris (Kaity) Hulvey of Des Moines, Iowa; Lori (Dan) Jarvis of Cuba; fifteen grandchildren, Danielle (Jason) Moss, Alana (Troy) Selph, Rachel (Andy) Jarvis, Michael (Layne) Hulvey, Stevie (Troy) Miller, Alyssa Hulvey, Erika Hulvey, Carlee Defrates, Dustin(Megan) Defrates, Casey (Lindsay) Defrates, Brittney Defrates, Brody Hulvey, Charlotte Hulvey, Addison Hulvey; twenty great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean Hulvey of Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Mike Hulvey of Mary, Illinois, and one sister, Dorothy Weaver of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Rick Hulvey; two brothers, Marshall and Ross Jr.; four sisters, Lucille, Wilma, Julia, Helen, and one grandson, Ricky Hulvey.

Bob worked and retired from Caterpillar, Inc. after 30 years of service, and later worked at Sedgwick Funeral Homes as a Funeral Assistant for 22 years, he was a member Evangelical Free Church in Canton, member of the UAW Local and the American Legion Post #16 in Canton. Bob served his country in 1953 until 1956 as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 (Noon) on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Evangelical Free Church in Canton, where visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of services. Pastor Brandon Theobald will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Marines, and the Canton VFW Post #1984 in Canton. Memorials can be made to The Salvation Army, 176 South First Ave, Canton, Illinois 61520. To leave online condolences or to view Bob’s DVD please visit

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  • Nancy (Poppenhager) Pressler

    Reply February 11, 2020 5:21 pm

    My condolences to Jeannette and family and Mike and family . Bob was a great guy , he will be missed

  • Bob n Loretta Mummert

    Reply February 12, 2020 7:05 am

    So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. Sending hugs.

  • Ron Clark

    Reply February 12, 2020 9:38 am

    To Bob’s family: I worked with Bob at Cat during the late 70’s and early 80’s. We had many great times passing the third shift hours. This includes the unthinkable time in a parents life of losing a Son. I was truly BLESSED to have known and call Bob a friend. You have only good memories of Bob and that is so much to be thankful for. My prayers are with your family. Ron Clark formally of Tremont now Fl.

  • Jeanine Gaumer

    Reply February 12, 2020 10:31 am

    Jeannett, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will be out of state on the day of the funeral. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Praying for your family.

  • Ron Smith

    Reply February 12, 2020 11:50 am

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing but joining you in praise that we know that he is finally truly at home with the Lord. Enjoyed our times of visiting and hearing about his years with Cat and Sedgwicks. Prayers for the family and asking for His comfort during this time of grief and loss.

  • Debra Park

    Reply February 12, 2020 6:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Hold tight to your memories. Jim and Deb Park

  • Marcia Anderson-Myers

    Reply February 13, 2020 7:44 am

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Marcie Anderson-Myers.

  • Tanna Schnake

    Reply February 13, 2020 9:59 am

    To the family of Mr. Hulvey: What a great man. In high school, some of Lori’s friends would gather at your house after school and play cards. Bob would usually wander in and happily start teasing one of more of us gals. He was a joy to be around. The last time I saw him, he was greeting attendees at Sedgwicks. I just gave him a big old hug, such a personable person.

    Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of Mr. Hulvey. I share in the grief of you and your family at this sad time. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. He will not be forgotten.

  • Renee Lewis

    Reply February 13, 2020 11:10 am

    Jeannett my heart goes out to you, Chris, Lori and all of your family. I will always remember and cherish all of the good times we spent together at your house and sharing great times with friends. Bob had the sweetest heart and will always have such a special place in my heart as do you Jeannett. Please let me know if you need anything.

  • Mike Owens

    Reply February 13, 2020 5:39 pm

    Jeannett, Chris, Lori, I express my deepest condolences to you and all your family. I have very fond memories of visiting your home after school, and though-out, prior to life’s long journeys. Your boys Jeannette, were my protectors, best friends, and I believe they definitely got their high standard from Bob and yourself. Realizing Bob was a Marine has just made it all the more clear. A man of great character ,with all respect a Gentle Giant.
    Peace be with you.

  • Howard(Danny)Soper

    Reply February 15, 2020 10:40 am

    To Chris,Lori,and Jeanett:My memories of your husband and father was so many-like some others have said-a gentle giant-God bless all of you at your time of loss-I was going to come to visitation,but I’ve been battling chest congestion and a head cold,so I’m staying at my apartment in Glasford.Danny Soper.

  • Joe H Hughes

    Reply March 2, 2020 3:50 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was several years older but we lived just a block or two way in TG. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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