Robert “Bob” Pettit, 90, of Peoria, Ariz., formerly of Cordova, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Freedom Plaza Care Center. Services were held at Freedom Plaza, Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 18. A private burial was held at the Cordova Cemetery, Cordova.
Bob Pettit was born on April 30, 1922, in Ruthton, Minn., the son of Seth and Alfreda Pettit. He graduated from Cordova High School. He married Margaret “Babe” Hicks on Dec. 15, 1950. After Margaret’s death in 1986, Bob met and married Emagene “Jean” Reid on Oct. 22, 1988.
Mr. Pettit served in the Army Signal Corps in World War II in the China, Burma, India Theater. He worked a number of jobs including owning Pettit’s Food Store in Cordova. After selling the business, he was employed at Sandstrom Products as a plant manager, until retiring in 1985. He was the road commissioner of Cordova for a number of years and was instrumental in the building of the Cordova Civic Center.
Mr. Pettit was active in the Kaaba Shrine and the Scottish Rite organization.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, PO Box 119, Port Byron, IL 61275.
Survivors his wife, Jean; a daughter, Melinda (Dennis) Arp, Eldridge; grandchildren, Nicole (Brad) Miller, Wilton, and Ryan Arp, Iowa City; and two great-grandchildren.