Robert L. “Bob” Deaton, 94, of Washington, passed away at 1:36 pm Friday, June 12, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born November 24, 1925 in Bloodland, MO to Ernest and Lucy Hough Deaton. He married Rosalyn Barr in Swedeborg, MO on September 8, 1945. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2015. Together they shared 69 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Karen Salsman; brother, Chester; two sisters, Lorraine and Frieda; and his aunt, Emma Hough Bailey who raised him after his mother passed away when he was one years old.
Surviving are his son, Jim (Linda) Deaton of Washington; five grandchildren, Mike (Laura) Salsman, Chad Deaton, Ryan (Amanda) Deaton, Ryan Kroll, Lindsay (Tyler) Schwend; and eight great-grandchildren.
Bob was a WWII Army Veteran, serving in the 17th Airborne as an Airborne Engineer Demolition Specialist. Following the service he worked at Caterpillar Inc. as an electrician, retiring on June 1, 1982 after 34 years of service.
He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #100 in Washington, and a member of the Washington Presbyterian Church.
Private services will be held with burial at Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter in Pekin.
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