September 2, 1942 ~ July 30, 2022

Born in: Litchfield, Illinois
Resided in: Walshville, Illinois

Robert Leroy Hemken, 79, of Walshville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at his residence.

Robert was born September 2, 1942 in Litchfield, the son of Henry Otto and Betty Cloe (Jackson) Hemken.  He married Lillian R. Widner on June 30, 1964 in Litchfield, and they enjoyed over 58 years of marriage.

Robert worked as a laborer in the Hillsboro Local 1084 from 1970 until his retirement in 2003.  He loved raising Foxhounds, deer hunting, turkey hunting, camping, and watching old western movies.  Robert especially loved mowing and keeping his yard manicured well.  He mowed the Walshville Community Building and Walshville Park for many years, just recently stopping this current year.  Robert was a member of the Walshville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-mother, Elsie Hemken.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lillian R. Hemken of Walshville; sons, Robert W. Hemken, Ron L. (Shelly) Hemken, and Lance (Shelby Thompson) Hemken, all of Walshville; grandchildren, Ashley (husband, Brian) Hemken Howard, Whitney (Chris Roddick) Hemken, Katie (Zack Schoate) Hemken, and Gabby Thompson, all of Walshville; 4 great granddaughters; 4 great grandsons; siblings, Deanna Bruntjen of Litchfield, Karen (Dan) Pence of Walshville, Terry (Cathy) Hemken of Litchfield, and Judy (Chad Cunningham) Allen of Sorento; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 10:30-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 201 S. Main Street, Sorento, IL 62086.

Private family burial will be held at Kirkland Cemetery in rural Sorento.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Shoal Creek Fox Hunters Association, 290 Ripson Bridge Ave, Sorento, IL 62086.

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Visitation: August 3, 2022 10:30 am - August 3, 2022 12:30 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home of Sorento
201 S. Main St.
Sorento, IL 62086

Private Graveside Ceremony:

Kirkland Cemetery

Sorento, IL 62086

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Robert Leroy Hemken's name.

Shoal Creek Fox Hunters Association

290 Ripson Bridge Ave
Sorento, IL

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  1. Light a CandleBob was such a kind gentleman… always saw him spending time in the yard when I was a teenager. Always had a smile on his face… a true Hemken through and through… Sending prayers to his family, but know he is in a much better place.

  2. Light a CandleSo sorry to hear of his passing. Another icon from my childhood gone. Our deepest condolences. Wish I was able to attend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. We’re sorry to hear about your families loss. You have our deepest condolences & are in our thoughts during this time.

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