Robert Ator


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Posted Online: April 07, 2013, 7:48 pm
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Robert Bruce Ator, 55, of Milan, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island after a two-year battle with cancer faced with bravery and a positive outlook.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, 1301 4th St., Orion. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, following a 1 p.m. visitation at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home, 502 S. Main St., Pleasant Hill. Burial will follow at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Bob was born on Nov. 24, 1957, in Peoria, the son of Carolyn and Roy Ator. He grew up in Orion and graduated from Orion High School in 1975. He found his passion for the trucking industry at a young age. He started his own business, Bob Ator Trucking, and ran it for 20 years. Knowledgable in all aspects of trucking, he enjoyed traveling the country in his favorite trucks, "Golden Nugget" and "Silver Bullet." Bob was not afraid of hard work and gave 100 percent in all that he did. Bob also worked for US Auctioneers, arranging sales in different cities. He last worked for Mississippi Truck and Trailer as a diesel mechanic.
A member of the Orion United Methodist Church and the Rock Island Boat Club, Bob will be remembered for his smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. A loving father, his greatest joy in life was his children and grandchildren. He'll be remembered for his adventurous spirit and passion for life. He never met a stranger and was a friend to all.
Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Sallie; his parents, Orion; his daughters, Kelly (Nick) Oliver, Des Moines, Iowa, and Holly (Craig) Dobbins, Durant, Iowa; and his stepchildren, Katie Mullens, Portland, Ore., and Brian (Samantha) Mullens, Sherrard. Survivors also include Laurie Larson Nelson, the mother of his daughters; his six beloved grandchildren, Logan, Kaycie, Dillan, Autumn, Preston and Abigail; his sister, Vera (Peter) McAvoy, Mendham, N.J.; his brother, Steve (Jenny) Ator, State Line, Ind.; and many devoted aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, aswell as a wealth of close friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Orion United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting his obituary at esterdahl.com.














 




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