Robert L. Waitkus (71) of Sigel

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Published on May 20 2014 4:19 pm

Robert L. Waitkus, 71, of Sigel died at 6:15am Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Pana Community Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 4pm Thursday, May 22 at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham.  Friends may call after the memorial service until 7pm Thursday.  Memorials to Alton Catholic Children's Home.

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Robert was born June 7, 1942 in Springfield, the son of Charles and Anna (Phillips) Waitkus. He married Joyce Eden on April 8, 1967 and she survives. Robert served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and was employed by World Color Press/Quebecor World for over 25 years as a pressman.
 
Robert is survived by his wife, Joyce of Sigel; son, Michael (Lisa) of Effingham; daughter, Michelle (Scott) Schaefer of Sigel; brother, Barry (Deborah) of Springfield; four sisters, Martha (Richard) Harvill of Springfield, Gloria Buragas of Springfield, Mary Lou (Ray) Treuthart of Lincoln and Janet (Larry) Franklin of Mt. Sterling; sister-in-law, Georgia Waitkus of Center, TX and brother-in-law, Gerald Bull of Springfield; two grandchildren, Keleigh and Andrea "Andi" Schaefer.
 
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; foster parents, George and Delors Thompson; brother, Charles; sister, Phyllis, and twin infant sisters, Marion Grace and Mary Elizabeth.