Robert R. Mickey

July 4, 1932 - October 22, 2013
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Robert R. Mickey

Garden Prairie, ILRobert Russell Mickey, 81, of Garden Prairie, passed from this earth and into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, after a truck accident on Lawrenceville Road. He was born in Belvidere on July 4, 1932 to Robert C. and Esther (Russell) Mickey. Bob married the love of his life, Lucille Mae Grandgeorge, on March 24, 1962, having been married 51 years. He attended Lawrenceville Country School and graduated from Belvidere High School and the University of Illinois. Bob worked as a Federal Warehouse Grain Examiner, during which time he learned valuable knowledge about the Grain Industry. He then pursued his dream and founded Central Grain Company in Belvidere in 1957. With support from his family, employees and loyal farmers, Bob grew the elevator from a single grain bin to a corporation with over 7 million bushels of grain storage. Bob served as director of both the National and Illinois Grain & Feed Associations and as a board member of the Belvidere National Bank. Bob was also a farmer, and his daily routine included breakfast with buddies at the local coffee shop followed by driving his truck to inspect the crops growing in his fields. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Belvidere and was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Belvidere Lodge #60. As a young man Bob was an avid swimmer, scuba diver, and recreational pilot. Later in life he enjoyed traveling with his family to their cabin in Cornucopia, Wisconsin and snowmobiling near Lake Superior. Bob was well-known for his friendly smile and his willingness to help others. He dearly loved his family, who will greatly miss him. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Lucy; children Bob Mickey, Dan (Kim) Mickey, Jeff (Brigitte) Mickey, Laurie (Noel) March and Mike Mickey; grandchildren Brooke, Chloe, Kayle, Hope, Garret, Caleb, Nathan and Abby; sisters Betty (Bob) Heron and Mary Johnson. Preceded in death by sisters Joan Kostka, Pat Ross, Sidney Bounds and Jackie Mickey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First United Methodist Church of Belvidere or Gigi’s Playhouse (Down syndrome Awareness Center). Arrangements by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013 in First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Avenue, Belvidere, IL. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2013 at the church with Pastor Amy Poust officiating. Burial will be at Lawrenceville Cemetery, Garden Prairie.


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Born: July 4, 1932
Died: October 22, 2013

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Bob & Steph Marlow posted on 10/25/13

Our condolences to the family in their time of loss . May god bless you and keep you


Betsy and Paul Paradis posted on 10/27/13

Dear Lucy, Laurie and family. We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband and father. We feel fortunate that we were able to meet and visit with Bob when you traveled to Maine. You are in our thoughts - Betsy and Paul


David Love posted on 10/27/13

Bob, Dan and family; so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have known your dad since I was a kid, always thought he was a great guy. You have my sincere sympathy at this sad time-David Love


Sarah Turner Schroeder posted on 10/26/13

Lawrenceville Road, lost a great farmer this past week. It won't be the same; he will be greatly missed. Sending prayers to all the Mickey family.


Gene and Mary Jean Lane posted on 10/25/13

Dear Mickey family Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. He was such a fun loving man, who could always brighten the day with his sense of humor, Take care, The Lanes


Stuart & Marcia Rhode Schultz and family posted on 10/25/13

We are so sorry for your loss. He was a very special man to all who knew him. We hope that the many wonderful memories help ease your pain. He is in good company. Take care. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Melissa (Miller) Trimble posted on 10/25/13

I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Kevin and Mary Brubach posted on 10/24/13

Lucy and Family- Bob was always a joy to see watching the wildlife and fields. We will miss our random talks and seeing him sitting in the fields. God Bless you during this difficult time.


KAREN SCHERER-NOFTZ posted on 10/24/13

My heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of the Mickey family. Bob was a tremendously kind, friendly person and he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you all.


Tom Tina & Abby Miller posted on 10/24/13

Lucille and family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bob was a special man to not only you but to anyone that knew him. We cherish the memories that we have of you with George and Sharon. I know George is so happy to have his best friend with him in heaven. Tom and Ed appreciate everything Bob has done for them, and consider it an honor to have work with him and for him. Tom himself has 40 years at the elevator. We love you all and will miss Bob tremendously.


Noel and Laurie March posted on 10/24/13

Your grandchildren Chloe, Caleb and Abby all miss you with every minute and many tears, but are very happy children having enjoyed wonderful family times with you and Lucy Mae during their summers in Garden Prairie and Cornucopia and Maine, too. Thank you, Mr. President (Dad) for all that you have been to each of us, we will carry your memory in our hearts forever....Fritz (or Larry) & Marshal Dillon


Russell K. Anderson family posted on 10/24/13

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Your in our thoughts & prayers.


Betty A.Devor posted on 10/28/13

My greatest heartfelt sympathy to your family. Our family has many happy memories of Belvidere and the Mickey family. God Bless all of you. Betty Devor


Don Meier posted on 10/27/13