Robert Boese

Robert E. “Bob” Boese, 78, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

 Bob was born on January 25, 1946 north of Lockridge, the son of Arthur and Viola (Van Sant) Boese.  He was united in marriage to Cheryl Kay Hummell on September 8, 1965, at the Open Bible Church in Mt. Pleasant.  Bob served his country in the United States Army.  Bob worked for the Jefferson County Roads Department for 30 years.  He and his wife Cheryl owned and operated Boese Mowing Service and mowed many cemeteries throughout Jefferson and Henry counties.  In his spare time, Bob enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends at various places. Bob also enjoyed working on the latest antique tractor, getting it to run perfectly, or working on his personal mower tractor. Bob attended the Open Bible Church.

 He is survived by his wife, Cheryl of 58 years, three sisters, Donna Bishop of Packwood, Linda (Alan) Coop of Wayland and Kathy (Kenneth) McCarty of Mt. Pleasant, his sister-in-law, Norma Boese of Fairfield, many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Nia. Also surviving him are Tina Andrew and Cory Shy, two beloved family friends. 

 Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his two children, Robbie A. Boese and Lori Lynn Boese Williams, two brothers, James Boese and William Boese and one sister, Susan Boese in infancy, a brother-in-law, Una Bishop and his mother-in-law, Beatrice Hummell.

 Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at the Open Bible Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Michael Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Salina Cemetery.  Friends may call after 2 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, Mt Pleasant, on Friday, March 22, 2024, where the family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. that evening.  Memorials may be directed to the Open Bible Church in Bob’s memory.

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Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is caring for his arrangements.