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DEER CREEK - Robert D. "Dr. Bob" Newell, 54, of 308 S. Mason, Deer Creek, died at 10:58 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2006) at his home.

He was born July 13, 1951, in Bloomington, to Donald and Thelma Johns Newell.

Surviving are his mother, Thelma Newell, Morton; three sons, Robert Newell II, Normal; Jerry Newell, Deer Creek; and Michel Newell, Normal; one granddaughter, Miss Ava; one brother, Donald Richard Newell Jr., Morton; and three sisters, Donna (Ivan) Myers, Deer Creek; and Betty (Mike) Martin and Jane Nohl, both of Morton.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star medal. Bob was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of American Legion Post 1276 in Deer Creek for 37 years.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home, Morton, with the Rev. Rob Cook officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Full military honors will be conducted by his Legion post immediately following services. Cremation will then be accorded.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 1276, P.O. Box 82, Deer Creek, IL 61733.

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