---- — Robert (Bob) Allen Alsip, 61 of Englewood, Fla., passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital.
He was born in Champaign County, Illinois, on April 8, 1952, to Stanley and Cecile (Cheuvront) Alsip.
He grew up in Ogden, Ill., and attended Ogden and St. Joseph-Ogden High School before joining the U.S. Navy and served as a BM2 on the USS Bagley during the Vietnam War. Following his return from military service, Robert pursued a career in construction and building maintenance in the Champaign-Urbana and Danville area. He was very artistic and skilled with his hands.
Following Bob’s retirement in 2008, he moved to southwest Florida. He was a member of Venice, Fla., American Legion Post 159. He enjoyed fishing, all sports, beach excursions and basking in the warm climate. Bob enjoyed his extended family and particularly visiting with his many nieces and nephews. He was well liked by everyone.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Margaret Anne Miller; his great-nephew Robert Bailey; and a loving sister-in-law, Marlene K. (Beard) Alsip.
He is survived by his brothers, Donald (Brenda) Alsip of Ogden, Ill., and Larry (Kathy) Alsip of Paxton, Ill., and sister Suellyn (Merrill) Norton of Englewood, Fla. Also surviving are nephews and nieces Steven Rogers, Janette Green, Carole Rogers, Cindy Neeley, Lori Frerichs, Michelle Trame, Michael Alsip, Matthew Alsip and Melissa Ward, and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Family burial services will be conducted at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
A celebration of Bob’s life will occur in the spring of 2014 in his hometown of Ogden, Ill.