Robert E. Protko, 93 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:48 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on June 27, 1927 in Lovington, IL the son of Marko and Opal (Cook) Protko. He married Kathleen Cook on September 22, 1946. After she passed away, he married Norma Richardson on December 15, 1991. She preceded him in death in August of 2015.
He is survived by his Sister, Sherry Morgan of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Gail Daniel (Jeffrey Brewer) of Taylorville, IL and Lea Ann Protko of Colorado Springs, CO. Step-siblings: Cheryl (Richard) Ogden of Ft Myers, FL; Carol (Larry) Bolyard of Decatur, IL; Darrel (Theresa) Richardson of Decatur, IL; and Scott (Laura) Johnson of Decatur, IL; and “Special” Nephew: Richard Skaggs of Seymour, IL. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, brothers Charles (Betty) Protko and Lindy Protko, and sisters: Bernice (Russell) Thompson, Madeline (Richard) Castetter, Phyllis (Herb) Vincent. Bob has several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-granchildren
Bob was a foreman at Fiat Allis in manufacturing engineering and equipment procurement. He later became a partner in Cimco Manufacturing and then established his own business, MP Tool Co. Bob was a lifelong Cardinals fan and loved sharing his opinion with others. His favorite activities were fishing and golfing from Canada to Florida and elsewhere. But what he loved most was sharing his life with family and friends and his dog pal, Rocco.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Christian County Animal Shelter (check to CCAC) or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
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