Daniel A. Dobbins

Born: Thu., Jan. 8, 1931
Died: Sun., Mar. 4, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 09, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

9:30 AM Sat., Mar. 10, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Daniel Augustine Dobbins, 87, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Liberty Village Nursing Home in Pittsfield while surrounded by his family.  He was born on January 8, 1931 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, the son of Daniel A. and Anna Marie Bieth Dobbins. He married Patricia Sue Sumpter on March 24, 1956 at St. Bonifice Church in Leading Creek, West Virginia.

Dan graduated from Clairton High School in Clairton, Pennsylvania in 1949. Following graduation from high school he enlisted in the US army, serving as a corporal in the Korean War. He graduated from Glenville State College in West Virginia in 1956, attending on the GI Bill. He met his wife Patricia, who was also a student, while at Glenville College.The couple began dating after they were voted Li’l Abner and Daisy Mae at the college’s annual Sadie Hawkins Day He then graduated from D T Watson’s School of Physiatrics, (affiliated with University of Pittsburg’s School of Medicine) in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania in 1957.

Dan was a lifetime member of the American Physical Therapy Association.  He worked as a Physical Therapist at Minor Hospital in South Williamson, Kentucky. He later relocated to the Midwest to take a job as Chief Physical Therapist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Quincy, IL and then at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield and Beardstown Hospital.  Dan was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Pittsfield and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Dan had a great love for his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved to swim, fish and hunt. He especially looked forward to fall and deer hunting season. He also enjoyed working with stained glass, listening to music, reading and coin collecting.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia and his daughters, Loretta (Steve) Grote and Michelle (John) Westbrook, all of Pittsfield and his sons, Daniel (Mickey) Dobbins of O’Fallon, IL and Brian (Mary) Dobbins of Springfield, IL He is also survived by his sisters, Josephine Brezenay of Ellicott City , Maryland and Mary Ann Hobaugh of Los Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by eight grandchildren, Paul, Nick and Daniel Grote, Jacob Westbrook, Allison Schaal, Ben and Joe Dobbins and Debbie Kramer and three great grandsons, Owen Schaal, Camden Kramer and Lincoln Grote.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Daniel Dobbins and a sister, Patricia Walter.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pittsfield with Father Mark Schulte as celebrant. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with prayers at 4:00 on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Catholic Church or Illini Community Hospital Physical Therapy Department.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  

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

Illini Community Hospital Therapy Services

St. Mary's Catholic Church
226 E. Adams, St., Pittsfield, IL 62363

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Sam Ferguson
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Mrs. Dobbins and family,
I would like to pass on our condolences to you and your family. Dan was one of my favorite guys to be around. Early on when he took care of me for a groin injury when I was in grade school at Nebo from the time I hunted with him at Woodrow Motley's he was always fun to be around. Always the gentleman and always had his quick " Oh my liver" comments that made me laugh. Dan's sense of direction in the woods was sometimes questioned but he usually always was able to find a deer and he almost always saved the deer liver. Maybe that was the reason for his comment? Of course I went to school with most of your children and played ball with Dan. I want to lift them all up too because they lost a great Dad. Again may you find peace with your family at this time and may God continue to bless you and your family.

Linda k sanders
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
I am thinking of the family today and asking GOD to be by your side and bring you the Peace that only he can give. May your hearts soon heal from your loss of this wonderful husband,father, grandfather.He was one fine man.I can and will always remember each time I called he was always Wondetful. He certainly was and today we need to rejoice in the fact we was lucky enough to enjoy him for all these years Rest in Peace my friend.

Debby Bradshaw & Family
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Thinking of you and your family...


Bonnie CasteEl Long
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
I wish to offer my sympathy to Pat and all Dan's family,
I knew Dan through our working at Illini. A big man with a gentle heart and soul. I can see him "lumbering down the hall" to this day. He was SO proud of his family. Definitely known by many as the kind of co-worker anyone was happy to work with.
I pray God bless all of you. May you have many warm and comforting memories.
So sincerely, Bonnie

Michael Walter
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Michael Walter.

To uncle Bud, the best uncle we knew growing up, the Walter brothers, Dick, Dan, Mike, Don, Chuck & Bob. God bless.

Steve Gerlach
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Brian, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this time of great loss. I certainly understand how difficult it is to loose your father. I know from our many talks about hunting, your father was also your hunting partner for many years. He will always be in the stand with you as you watch the sun rise and set enjoying the fact he taught you well. May the Lord comfort you and your family this week and in the coming days..

Duke Stoddard
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
To Brian and all of the Dobbins family, Cathy, Matt and I wish to express our sympathy at the passing of your father. I know how hard it is to lose your dad. I always enjoyed your stories of you and your father hunting. Those memories are your Dad's legacy, and should comfort you. Your family will be in our prayers as you deal with this loss.

Harry & Rose Statham
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace be with you.

Stacy Roseberry
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Mrs. Dobbins, Loretta, Dan, Michelle, Brian and extended family,
I remember going to the hospital for many years as my brother took physical therapy from Dan. He was so good at what he did and always had a smiling face and gentle soul. May God give him eternal rest and give your family the strength through this difficult time.

Jan Hawkins
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Just wanted all the family know how sorry I am that Dan has passed away. The good thing is that he wont be suffering any longer and he most certainly is wonderful now. I called him Mr. Wonderful because every time I called and asked how he was, he would say just wonderful. He was such a wonderful husband and father. He and my sister, Pat raised the most wonderful children. As I told Loretta, I always felt he was too strict with his children but it certainly paid off. I admire all of them so very much. Love to all of the family and God Bless.

Darwin, Lisa, Dane, Alex, and Joey Feenstra
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Darwin, Lisa, Dane, Alex, and Joey Feenstra

Bruce Rummenie
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018

Your father was one of the coolest, kindest, intelligent men I was lucky to have met in my brief years in Pittsfield.

I still remember when he sold Jim Carlton a Les Paul Junior guitar... that Jim foolishly sold later.

My condolences. Your dad was a great man...

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