Robert Boylan

Robert “Bob” Francis Boylan, 75, of Hammond, Ill., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Bement Health Care with his wife, Alice, and friend Terry Swaim by his side.
Bob was born on March 1, 1942, in Decatur to Francis Matthew and Celestine (Gallivan) Boylan, both deceased.
Bob is survived by his wife of 32 years, Alice (Donovan) Boylan; his sister, Rosemary (Dick) Woolley; two nephews, Matthew (Kristen) and Michael (Caryn) Woolley; great-nephew, Brooks; and great-nieces, Anabelle, Genevieve and Madeleine.
Bob was a successful farmer, retiring in 2003 after many years of “work and worry.” His love for farming and making money never ended.
Bob enjoyed spending time with his tenants, Rob Flavin, Rick Beauchamp and Randy Howland, taking lunch to the field, making beer runs and always offering advice. He enjoyed his weekly meetings with Debbie Beauchamp to discuss grain marketing and politics, frequently taking out her mailbox upon arrival.
Bob started every day at the Hammond Cafe with Diane Parrish (who could hold her own with Bob) and ended the day at his table with cocktails. He never ran out of stories or jokes to share with his friends.
Bob was a lifetime third- and fourth-degree member of the Ivesdale Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception Council 1047. He was annual chairman for the “Tom & Jerrys.”
Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Ivesdale.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Ivesdale Knights of Columbus 1047.
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