Jesus, when on the cross said, “Father into Your hands I commit My spirit” Luke 23:46. Also, as they were stoning Stephen, he made this appeal, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” Acts 7:59. On December 28, 2021, Robert Waldo McElroy, even though he had Myotonic Dystrophy and was unable to speak out loud, mouthed those same words in the presence of his wife, Tawny McElroy and his parents, Paul Dean and Waneta Maxine McElroy, as well as signing them in sign language.
Robert better known as Rob, was born on October 9, 1960 at Madigan Army Hospital, Tacoma, Washington near Ft. Lewis, US Army post where his father was stationed at the time.
He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1978 and Lincoln Land Community College in 1982.
He married Tawny Rae Meek on October 25, 1994 in Springfield, Illinois where they shared 27 years of a loving married life.
He worked for many years at Montgomery Ward while that company was in business. He also worked for Access Springfield, driving a bus for disabled people until he became disabled himself with a genetic disease called Myotonic Dystrophy.
Besides his wife and parents he leaves behind his two brothers, Ronald “Ron” (Janet) of Hillsboro and Roger (Kay) of Bunker Hill; several nieces and nephews and his beloved cat, Riley. He was preceded in death by his brother, Randy, a step-sister, Paula Stawicki, his step-mother, Linda, and his step-father, Claude Pearson, Jr.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation at Myotonic.org in Rob’s name.
Visitation for Rob McElroy will be held Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis from 2-4 PM. Burial will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be left at stiehldawsonfh.com
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