Robert Sandy
Robert Sandy
APPLE RIVER, Ill.-- Robert Helbling "Bob" Sandy, 84, of Apple River, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Elizabeth Nursing Home in Elizabeth, Illinois.

He was born on February 26, 1929, in Kokomo, Indiana, the son of Paul James and Bessie Mariann (Helbling) Sandy. He was united in marriage to Carol Jean Eash on August 29, 1953.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from Jan. 5, 1951, until his honorable discharge as a Sargent on October 5, 1952. Bob graduated from Kokomo High School and went onto to the International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He spent his life in banking for thirty-five years at Lincoln National Bank, Fort Wayne, and later at Lake City Bank, Warsaw, Indiana, until his retirement. He was a member of the Optimist Club in Warsaw for thirty years, served on the Warsaw Cemetery Board for twenty years and attended the Galena United Methodist Church. Involved in playing basketball and volleyball throughout his life, Bob especially loved to golf.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; three children, Jeffrey Mark (Amy) Sandy of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Roberta Jeanne (Dennis) Shadle of Woodburn, Ind. and Jennifer Lynne (Gregory) Vandigo of Apple River; two grandchildren, Benjamin James and Josephine Abigail Vandigo; two brothers, Paul J. (Wanda) Sandy of Kokomo, and Don Glen Sandy of Madiera Island, Portugal.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty Catron; and a stepbrother, Lewis Wilson.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July, 22, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, Galena, where friends may call from noon to 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com.