Robert Wayne “Bob” Newman, 56, of Mackinaw, formerly of Mt. Sterling, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.
Bob was born Jan. 19, 1959, to Marion and Carol Newman of Mackinaw. He graduated from Dee-Mack High School in 1977, then followed his dream of working with horses, graduating as a licensed farrier from Midwest Horseshoeing School in Macomb.
Expanding on his love of working with race horses, he became an owner, trainer, driver and farm manager. He was a member of the Illinois Harness Racing Association and Jaycees. Bob’s love of adventure and travel spurred a move to Colorado, where he joined a ski search and rescue team and spent his free time fly fishing, hiking and back-country skiing.
Later in life, he became a long distance truck driver giving him the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains and to explore America from coast to coast. Recently, he fed his love of meeting people from all walks of life as a ham radio operator, during which he spoke with people from Ireland to Australia.
Bob enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, encouraging their appreciation of outdoor activities and nature.
Bob will be missed by his mother, Carol Newman; siblings, JoAnne (Ron) Baumgartner, Mike (Nicole) Newman, Linda (Dan) Esenther and Mary (Brian) Gile; and most especially by his 14 nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Marion Newman.
Cremation will be accorded.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hopedale. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Burial will be at Mackinaw Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mackinaw Rescue Squad or St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hopedale.
Haensel Funeral Home in Mackinaw is in charge of arrangements.
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