KEWANEE – Robert Charles “Bobby” Neirynck, 83, of Kewanee, died at 10:46 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his home.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 19 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 facemasks will be required. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. A gathering in his honor at his beloved Windmont Park will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Windmont Park Christmas Lighting Fund and can be sent to Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, IL 61443.
He was born January 7, 1937 in Kewanee, the son of Julius and Agnes (Erdman) Neirynck. He married Alice Mae Jenkin on September 6, 1958 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on October 6, 2014. Survivors include two sons, Terry (Susan) Neirynck of Kewanee and Larry Neirynck of Eldridge, IA, his daughter, Mary (Steve) Menard of Cambridge, nine grandchildren; Lisa Fornander, Alicia Ralston, Emily and Robbie Neirynck, Carl Fornander, Katie Menard and Chelsea, Eric and Eve Neirynck and nine great grandchildren; Owen, Aiden, Olivia, Madison, Nora, Knox, Willow, Emmett and Abraham. He was also preceded in death by his parents two brothers, Donald and David.
Bobby graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1956 and served his country in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. He had worked as operating engineer at Ratliff Brothers for 39 years and also owned and operated Neirynck Construction and primarily did home building having built 14 homes. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Galva and a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where he was a Trustee for many years. He was one of the original founders of the Windmont Park Christmas Lighting and enjoyed drafting, home building, making model airplanes and scuba diving where he had taught classes at the YMCA. He also enjoyed all types of music and helping out with the concerts in the park.
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