Born: January 31, 1936 - Deceased: October 22, 2021
Robert W. “Bob” Samples, 85, of O’Fallon, Illinois, born Friday, January 31, 1936; in Los Angeles, CA, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021; at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, IL.
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Though Bob was born in California, he moved with his family in 1948 to Hoxie, KS, spending the next 19 years as a Kansan, until the move to Illinois in 1966. He graduated from Sheridan Community High School in Hoxie, Ks, in 1954, received his BS Degree from Fort Hays State College in Hays, KS in 1958 and his MS Degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS in 1969.
Bob was united in marriage on June 17, 1956 in Hoxie, KS to Shirley Lee Conard, the girl that he said he had come all the way from California for. Their three daughters, Mardi Kay, Linda Marie, and Julie Anne were the recipients of the unwavering love of a Dad who was always there for them.
Bob was a teacher and coach of football and track for 12 years following graduation from college. The first 8 were in Kansas at Herington, McPherson, and Hutchinson, and the final four in Illinois, at Belleville Township High School West. The ’69 team that finally brought “The Bell” back to Belleville was the highlight of his time at West.
When he left teaching/coaching in 1970, Bob spent the remainder of his time until retirement in the business world in Belleville. He was with Marsh Stencil Machine Company and Magna Bank, but the majority of his years were spent running his own company, Sales Incentives Plans, Inc.
Over the years he was an active member of the Belleville community, serving as a Ward 4 Alderman for a term and as a board member of a number of Belleville entities: Memorial Hospital, the former Women’s Crisis Center, the Y.M.C.A. and Lake View Memorial Gardens. He also served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Branch Rickey Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was honored with the title of Board Member Emeritus. He was also instrumental in planting F.C.A. in the Metro East Area, and served as Board President at its inception.
Bob was an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and for over 50 years, along with his wife, Shirley, was an active participant in the ministry and fellowship at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Metro East Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.618fca.org)
Visitation: Visitation from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday, November 6, 2021 at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 6, 2021 at First United Presbyterian Church-Belleville, with Pastor Rob Dyer officiating. Private family interment
Your loss , is deeply felt !! Love and Hugs! Kim
My deepest sympathies to Linda, Marci, Julie and the family . My thoughts and prayers of peace and comfort for you all . He was a good man and will be missed by all !
My deepest sympathies to the family. I enjoyed having Coach as my football coach (Class of 68) and later spending time with him at sales incentives!! RIP Bob
Bob was a kind guy, a good spiritual guide in FCA, , a great sports coach at school, and awesome work mentor and a lot of fun to work with at SI. Any career successes that I have had he helped me achieve and I owe him a lot. Prayers for him and his lovely family!
My condolences and prayers to the family.
I worked at Sales Incentives during my senior year at West (1973) in the school/work program. Bob was a very nice man – my sympathy to his family.
Bob Samples was my football coach, fall ’67 and ’68, BTHSW. We didn’t get the “Bell” back, but the fall ’69 team did! Bob was always a gentleman, never used harsh language (even in football!), and he could smile. He was just a good man — and I’m sure he had some role in my getting an athletic scholarship to college. Glad I lunched with him and Neil Spirtas after our 50th HS reunion (2019). May you rest in peace Brother Bob. <3 <3 <3
Our condolences and prayers to the family. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Sending love and prayers to the family.
Bob was a kind, faithful servant. I loved our morning chats when I would arrive early at preschool to prepare for the day. He always had a warm smile and took time to chat before he headed to Bible Study. My deepest condolences to Shirley and family. I know he will be greatly missed.
My sympathy to the family! He was the best football coach @ Belleville West. I graduated from Belleville West 1973. “We Don’t Say Goodbye..We Say..Till We Meet Again” Jack Oesterle,Jr. Kirkwood,Missouri