Bobby J. Petty (80) of Effingham


Published on July 1 2013 11:15 am

Bobby J. Petty, 80, of Effingham died at 2:40pm Saturday, June 29, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham,IL. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Home before the service. Services are under the care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham.

Memorials may be made to the VFW, American Legion Post #120, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be left at

Bobby was born on October 26, 1932, in Effingham, IL, the son of Virgil and Bessie (Pyles) Petty. He married Gretel K.B. Heinze on December 9, 1954, in Augsburg, Germany, she preceded him in death on February 1, 2010.  Bobby was a former member of the Willow Street Church of Christ. He served his country as an Army medic participating in multiple tours of duty in Germany, Korea, and Japan during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. After 21 years of service, Bobby retired from the Army. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bobby loved woodworking.

Bobby is survived by his daughter, Alisha Noffke of Branson, MO; sons, Harry (wife, Jan) Petty of Terre Haute, IN, Eric (wife, Susan) Petty of Effingham; grandchildren, Jennifer(Jason) Noffke of Athens, GA, Ryan(Carli) Noffke of Columbia, MO, Joe Petty of Effingham, Veronica Spaulding of Olympia, WA, Eleni Petty of Effingham, Nicolette Iatropoulos of Effingham, and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretel K.B. Petty; brothers, Bill Petty, Vernon Petty, Fred Petty, Wayne Petty, Ralph Petty, Ray Petty, and Roy Petty; sisters, Mary Goldsberrry and Leona Dean; and grandchild, Gina LaGrande.