Robert D. Sleight

Born: Thu., Feb. 20, 1941
Died: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 01, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 02, 2019
Location: Griggsville United Methodist Church

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Robert D. Sleight, age 77, of Griggsville, IL passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield, IL.  He was born on February 20, 1941 in Quincy, IL to Delbert and Rosalee Kennedy Sleight.  He married Jean Roberts on July 30, 1977 in Griggsville, and she survives.

Bob was a graduate of Griggsville High School and Western Illinois University where he was a founding member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.  His work life was spent in the field of agriculture, first as a farmer and then in ag sales and service.  In 1985, together with his wife and sons, Bob started the Brothers Corn Dogs concession business.  He loved cooking corn dogs and meeting and greeting all of the people he saw along the way.  He took great pleasure in the fact that the corndog business continues to this day with the third generation of his family involved.  Bob was a member of the Griggsville United Methodist Church and the Pittsfield Lions Club.  He was also a past member of the Western Illinois Fair Board and the Griggsville Apple Festival Committee.  Bob enjoyed deer hunting (and deer hunting story telling!) with Michael, Kiki and Maddie, Chuck, Keith and Kolbe, Shane, Rick and Jason and Jake.  He liked going fishing, and following Griggsville-Perry and Fighting Illini sports.  Bob was always outside gardening, growing beautiful flowers, mowing all the time, swimming and going for golf cart rides with “the girls.”  He also enjoyed eating out with Jean and being wherever the kids and grandkids were.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, David (Carol) Sleight of Virginia Beach, VA, Michael (Lorrie) Sleight of Athens, IL, and Karen (Shaun) Maulding of Plainfield, IL; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Mo) Williams, Caroline Sleight, Max Sleight, Kennedy Sleight, Madison Sleight, Zachary Maulding, and Kaleb Maulding; one great granddaughter, Penelope Williams; his mother-in-law, Genieve Roberts; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nancy and Bruce Zumwalt; nieces and nephews, Jeff and Cathy Wilson, Jason and Shelley Wilson, and Kendall and Ginger Canfield; great nieces and nephews, Cyle and Tiffany Reel, Courtney Reel, Kyle Wilson, Drew Wilson, Abby Canfield, and Sydney Canfield; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and Jerry Wilson; brother, Ronald, in infancy; and his father-in-law, Max Roberts.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Griggsville United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow at the Griggsville Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to the Griggsville United Methodist Church or the Griggsville Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organizations:

Griggsville Cemetery

Griggsville United Methodist Church

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Clifford. Beverly Wainman
   Posted Wed January 30, 2019
Sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. Jean,David,Micheal,Karen and families you all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all !

Wendi Oitker
   Posted Wed January 30, 2019
Sad to hear this. My prayers of comfort to the family.

Bryan Wolf
   Posted Wed January 30, 2019
I have many fond memories with Bob and the Sleight family - many fun moments hunting deer and eating around the dinner table. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jean, Michael and your family. May the Lord Jesus comfort you at this time. Grace and peace, Bryan

Larry Gooud
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019
I am so sorry for you loss. I remember Bob from when he worked with my mom at Beard Implement in Pittsfield.

Clifford and Carol Westfall
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I will miss seeing ,and talking to him across the yard. He was a good friend and neighbor, and I will miss him.

Martha Clowdsley
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, The NASA gang (Brian, Andrew, Jay, Greg, Song, and Martha)

Joshua Buchanan
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by The Buchanan's - Josh, Daniel, Seth, Gary, and their families in TN.

"Uncle" Bob will be greatly missed. We never knew Grandma's home, but visiting with Bob made Griggsville feel like our home too. We are thankful beyond words that we got to know him, even if just the short period we did. Our hearts are with you all as you celebrate and memorialize his life.

Agnes Peile
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019
Jean and family, so very sorry to learn of Bob's passing. He was a good person and will be missed by many. My sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

Diane Wade Long
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person that will be missed by so many. I always enjoyed hearing his wonderful laugh! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Michael Wagner
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019

Sorry for your loss. I never got the chance to thank you and Judy for your messages at the loss of our son. Thank you very much. We will keep you in our prayers.

Mike Wagner

Estella G Kerr
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
jean so sorry for your loss bob was a wonderful caring guy enjoyed talking to him he made me feel like family and mike and laurie and family my heart goes out to you for your loss

Robert and Vicki Norris
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Grant Birch
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
Jean and Family
So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I always looked up to Bob and my other older cousins growing up in Griggsville. He was always fun to be around and a positive role model of how to act and how we should treat others. So sad he and Rosemary are now both gone.

Debbie Hazelrigg
   Posted Sat February 02, 2019
With deepest heartfelt sympathy to Jean and family. Wayne and Debbie Hazelrigg

David Lightle
   Posted Sun February 10, 2019
So sorry to learn of Roberts passing. Although many years have gone by, I have many pleasant memories of Robert from our school days in Griggsville and fun years in 4H and showing sheep at local fairs. Robert was always a positive influence. My sympathy to Jean and the family.

Dave Lightle

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