Services were at Freedom Plaza on Feb. 18. A private burial will be at the Cordova Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, c/o Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, P.O. Box 119, Port Byron, IL 61275.
Bob was born on April 30, 1922, in Ruthton, Minn., the son of Seth and Alfreda Pettit. He graduated from Cordova High School. He served in the Army Signal Corps in World War II in the China, Burma, India Theater. 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.
Bob 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. Bob was active in the Kaaba Shrine and the Scottish Rite organization.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; a daughter, Melinda (Dennis) Arp, Eldridge; two grandchildren, Nicole (Brad) Miller, Wilton, Iowa, Ryan Arp, Iowa City, Iowa; and two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Parker Miller. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret.
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