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Robert E. Protko

Robert E. Protko, 93 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:48 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on June 27, 1927 in Lovington, IL the son of Marko and Opal (Cook) Protko. He married Kathleen Cook on September 22, 1946. After she passed away, he married Norma Richardson on December 15, 1991. She preceded him in death in August of 2015.

He is survived by his Sister, Sherry Morgan of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Gail Daniel (Jeffrey Brewer) of Taylorville, IL and Lea Ann Protko of Colorado Springs, CO. Step-siblings: Cheryl (Richard) Ogden of Ft Myers, FL; Carol (Larry) Bolyard of Decatur, IL; Darrel (Theresa) Richardson of Decatur, IL; and Scott (Laura) Johnson of Decatur, IL; and “Special” Nephew: Richard Skaggs of Seymour, IL. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, brothers Charles (Betty) Protko and Lindy Protko, and sisters: Bernice (Russell) Thompson, Madeline (Richard) Castetter, Phyllis (Herb) Vincent. Bob has several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Bob was a foreman at Fiat Allis in manufacturing engineering and equipment procurement. He later became a partner in Cimco Manufacturing and then established his own business, MP Tool Co. Bob was a lifelong Cardinals fan and loved sharing his opinion with others. His favorite activities were fishing and golfing from Canada to Florida and elsewhere. But what he loved most was sharing his life with family and friends and his dog pal, Rocco.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined. The family is requesting that no flowers be sent. If you would like to send something they kindly ask that you make a memorial donation in his memory to either the Christian County Animal Shelter (check to CCAC) or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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I had the pleasure of knowing Bob as a customer of the Warren Boynton State Bank. As a fellow Cardinal fan we often shared joy, laughter and what are they thinking in my office as we did get some banking in. It was a great gift to know and interact with him. He is one of my fond memories of working with customers at Warren Boynton.

Cheryl Long Nov 26 2020 12:00 AM

I always looked up to my Uncle Bob!

B. Douglas Daugherty
Son of Don and Gloria

Doug Daugherty Nov 25 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Bobs passing! Such a wonderful man and to this day have the utmost respect for him. I was given the opportunity to work in his little machine shop in his garage behind his house and he started teaching me a skill that has carried me through life. After the garage time he joined George Hart to open Cimco where I worked a few more years. When I left Cimco and moved to Texas and hired on at Bell Helicopter as a tool maker and then a manufacturing engineer. So you can see how he definitely had an influence on my career. Forgot to mention getting to know Kaye when I was working at their house. What a sweet lady she was. In fall of 84 Bob invited me to go to Canada on a 10 day fishing trip and had the fishing trip of a lifetime! Thanks again Bob!!

Brad Pierson Nov 24 2020 12:00 AM