William E.
William E. Robey, age 88 of Effingham, passed peacefully to join our Lord on Thursday, October 10, 2019 surrounded by family and loved ones.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Anthony Church in Effingham with Fr. Michal Rosa, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery with military graveside rites. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to DAV, FOP or the Effingham Canine Unit Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerfh.com.
Bill was born at home in Neoga, IL to William and Mary Robey on May 10, 1931. He married Bonnie Schmollinger on June 11, 1960. He spent his entire life serving others as a law enforcement officer. He began his career in St. Louis, then Greenville and ultimately settling in Effingham and worked on the police force there for 30+ years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served faithfully in the Navy for 8 years.
He was a member of DAV, FOP, American Legion Post 120 and Effingham KC Hall. His favorite past time was enjoying time with family and friends and bringing joy to others.
Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie A. Robey of Effingham; sons, William E. Robey and Thomas J. (Christina J.) Robey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Karen and Kathy and sister, Mary Elizabeth Robey.
Bill's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to MICU nurses and staff at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and all others who lovingly cared for Bill.
Published on October 14, 2019


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Chuck Habing
Oct 28, 2019
I have lots of good memories of Mr. Robey. I will miss him and appreciate his service to our country and the City of Effingham.
Marcia. Ditter
Oct 18, 2019
So sorry, Bonnie. I didn’t know Bill was sick and hadn’t seen him for quite sometime . We used to have coffee at IGA and/or Niemergs when I was in town. I always sat at the big table with the guys at IGA cause most of them had worked for us at one time or the other. We shared lots of laughs from the time I met Bill and memories will sustain me. I hope they help you in your time of sorrow. My love to you, your family and those who loved Bill. Affectionately, Marcia
Dolores Workman
Oct 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss Bonnie, he was a great man and always said hello to us and many others. Because that’s just how he was, friendly and polite to everyone. Love you Bonnie
Karen Hille Staton
Oct 15, 2019
Bill was such a kind and positive man. As a police officer, he was more interested in a peaceful resolution than in taking someone to jail.
He seemed to always be in a good mood and was quick to make others smile.
Donna Thompson Cranford
Oct 14, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Bill was a very special man & someone I will never forget.
Betty Mueller
Oct 14, 2019
Sorry about your lost. He is my cousin. He will always be remember.