F.M. “Buddy” Robey Jr., 68, of Niota, Ill., died at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
Buddy was born April 7, 1955, in Decatur, Ill., the son of F.M. “Bud” and Audrey Clough Robey Sr. On Feb. 2, 1974, he married Sharon Bunch of Decatur, Ill.
Buddy worked for a short time for the Santa Fe Railroad. He also helped his family, friends, and many local farmers work on their cars, tractors, and machinery. He enjoyed hunting fishing, and collecting knives, cars, and anything for his eagle collection. He especially enjoyed dirt track racing and the memories he made with his family.
Survivors include his wife; two children: Dan (Sandra) Robey of Bedford, Texas, and Amber (Doug) Davenport of Blue Springs, Mo.; seven grandchildren: Kayla, Zach, Gavin, Elizabeth, Drew, Dede, and Delanie; one great-granddaughter: Danielle and four siblings: Karen Browning, Janet Baker, Cheryl South and Nancy McCleary.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life will held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City. The celebration will conclude at 6 p.m. with special music and prayers.
A memorial fund has been established in his memory.