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Robert Douglas Albright (1937-2008)
Robert Douglas Albright (1937-2008)

WAVERLY - Robert D. Albright, 70, of Waverly, formerly of Forsyth, Ill., died Monday, Feb. 11, at Waverly Health Center of cancer.

He was born June 22, 1937, in Oak Park, Ill., son of Margaret and Douglas Albright. He married Betty Jean Wagner on Sept. 3, 1960, in St. Louis, Mo. She died Sept. 27, 2001. He later married Sharon M. Hennagir Spears on April 23, 2005, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Mr. Albright graduated from Decatur High School, Decatur, Ill., in 1955 and graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., in 1960, with a bachelor's degree in communications. He worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Decatur, for 25 years, retiring in 2002. He was very active in community affairs throughout his life, serving on the Macon County Republican Central Committee, the Whitmore Township Board of Supervisors and the Forsyth City Council.

Survivors include: his wife; two sons, Steven D. of Wildwood, Mo., and Jeffrey L. (special friend Tricia) of Peoria, Ill.; two grandchildren, Jessica and Tyler; a daughter, Linda K. of Urbana, Ill.; four stepdaughters, Lynn (Dan) Clark-Crebo of Washington, Ill., Michelle (Duane) Frost of Tripoli, Kathleen (Lynn) Kuecker of Huxley and Julie (Will) McCray of Waterloo; nine stepgrandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Clark-Zeck, Lindsey, Tyler and Justin Frost, Amber, Michael and Emily Kuecker, and Cayd and Kyle McCray; and a stepgreat-grandchild, Tristan Zeck.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Decatur, with burial in Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, Ill. Public visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Home on South Street, Waterloo, with a 7 p.m. vigil. Additional visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, with a 7 p.m. vigil.

Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, St. Mary's Church building fund or "Wings of Life a Fight for a Cure" for leukemia/lymphoma research.

Bob's hobbies and interests included free-lance video production work, coin and stamp collecting, and traveling. He also was a member of the Rotary Club of Forsyth, Ill., and Waverly.

He was a devoted "Fighting Illini" and St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved the opportunity to root against the Iowa family and their Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. He was dearly loved by all his grandchildren will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

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