Robert “Bob” E. Featherling

CENTRALIA — Robert “Bob” E. Featherling, 89, of Centralia passed away Friday, September 10, 2021, at his home in Centralia surrounded by family.

Bob was born January 4, 1932, in Centralia, the son of Olcy Featherling and Mary (Keith) Featherling. He married Mary Jo (Wheeler) Featherling on May 13, 1961, in Centralia and she survives him.

In addition to his wife Mary Jo Featherling of 60 years, Bob is survived by his children: Mark Featherling and wife Lynn of Centralia, Cathy Faulkner and husband Norman of Centralia, and Mike Feathering of Springfield, IL; two grandchildren: Megan Featherling and fiancé Todd Neal of Charlotte, NC and Jacob Featherling of O’Fallon; three sisters: Helen Lamb of Centralia, Mary Tate of Centralia, and Joyce Clement of Indiana; two brothers: Russell Featherling and wife Verlaine of Centralia and Richard Featherling of Walnut Hill; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents: Olcy and Mary Featherling; two brothers: Tommy and David Featherling; and one infant brother: Billie Featherling.

Bob served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was also a Carmen for IC Railroad for 40 years before retiring. He was an avid golfer, often boasting to have seven hole-in-ones. He also enjoyed country music. He will be dearly missed by his family.

Per Bob’s wishes, no public services will be held. Private family service will be held and burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to SSM Hospice and will be accepted at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 North Sycamore Street in Centralia, Illinois 62801 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Featherling family.

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