Robert Earl "Bob" Sharp, 96, of DeKalb, passed away Monday (Feb. 5, 2018) at Pine Acres Rehabilitation & Living Center, DeKalb.

He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Green Valley. He was the son of Lester and Ruby Search Sharp. Bob married Marian B. Meeker on Dec. 19, 1943. She passed away in 2006 in Florida after 63 years of marriage.

Bob earned a bachelor's degree from Bradley University and a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his working career as a high school industrial arts teacher at Galesburg and Normal, and as a school administrator with the Adult Education Program in the Bloomington-Normal area. He started a program in the Bloomington-Normal area whereby a high school student not bound for college could work half days and go to school half days, thus earning money and starting their careers early in life. This program was a huge success and was adopted by other high schools in Illinois and all over the United States.

Bob and Marian were lifelong Presbyterians and maintained homes in Illinois, Minnesota and Florida. Following Marian's death, Bob maintained residency at Barb City Manor, DeKalb, for nine years, and was currently at Pine Acres Rehabilitation & Living Center, DeKalb, where he met many friends and was a current member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Imodale; and brother-in-law, Don Richards.

He is survived by a son, David Sharp, Urbana; two daughters, Rona (Ronald) Whitney, Georgetown, Texas, and Becky (Mike) Hardt, DeKalb; four grandchildren, Mark (Kim) Menzie, Texas; Matthew (Molly) Menzie, California; Aaron Hardt, DeKalb; and Rona Hardt, DeKalb; two great-grandchildren, Maddox and Madelyn Menzie; and three nephews and a niece with families in Connecticut, Massachusetts and South Carolina.

A special thanks to Dr. Thakkar; employees, staff and nurses at Barb City Manor, Pine Acres Rehabilitation & Living Center and Heartland Hospice Care.

Following cremation, a private family burial will be later at the Green Valley cemetery. Memorials may be made to Barb City Manor, 680 Haish Blvd., DeKalb, IL 60115; Pine Acres Rehabilitation & Living Center, 1212 S. Second St., DeKalb, IL 60115; or Heartland Hospice Care, 363 Financial Court, Unit 300, Rockford, IL 61107.

For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.

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