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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