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Robert Paul "Bob" Corley, 79, Ft. Myers, FL, formerly Sullivan, IL died October 24, 2016 in Lee Memorial Health Park, Ft. Myers. He was born on a farm near Herrick, in Shelby County Illinois, the son of E.J. "Dib" and Genevieve Rogers Corley on August 21, 1937.
Robert attended Shady Lane School, Herrick Grade and High Schools and Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the Herrick Methodist Church. He married Glenda Sue Walker on July 2, 1960 in Farina; they were blessed with two children, Kevin Scott and Angela Renee.
After schooling Robert worked for International Harvester Company in Illinois and Indiana. He served in the US Army for two years. In 1968 he purchased an IHC dealership in Sullivan, IL which became Corley International, Inc. He operated that along with other ventures until 2004. During those years he served as President of The Illinois Farm Equipment Dealers Assn, and President of Equitrac Insurance Company, a Bermuda Co. In 1984 he established and operated the Corley Auto Center in Sullivan until 1997 when he sold it to HPR Automotive Superstore. He and his wife Glenda then retired to golf, boat and travel, and in 2004 moved to Florida.
Bob was active in Sullivan Lions Club as President, Sullivan Country Club as President, a Booster of Sullivan Singers and supported other High School athletic activities. He was the Chairman of the Moultrie County Sheriff Commission serving in that position for 15 years. He served at the Mayors request on the Tabor Park development committee. He was instrumental in restructuring the present day corporate organization of the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan. He helped form and served as the President of the Lake Shelbyville Development Association to help get high water ramps constructed on the Lake. He was a loyal U of I Football & Basketball supporter, heading up the local Illini Quarterback Club. He & Glenda tailgated at almost all home football games. Bob was a golfer at the Sullivan CC and supporter of the HS and U of I golf teams. He snowmobiled locally and annually traveled with the family & friends to Wisconsin for many years while organizing a local Snow-N-Go club. He was a house boater on Lake Shelbyville and personal watercraft enthusiast. He along with Dr. Jerry Snyder of Decatur organized PWC tours for as many as 25 riders for trips down the entire Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Cumberland and Kaskaskia Rivers and many other lakes and rivers that include numerous southern and western states including the Gulf of Mexico.
Living in Florida at Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club in Fort Myers near Sanibel Island, he was active in the Club's golf program. He served as chairman of two men's golf leagues. He and his wife Glenda organized 12 annual away golf outings with as many as 108 members travelling to golf resorts throughout the Midwest and the Northeastern US. He was instrumental in forming the Gulf Coast Men's Interclub league with eight clubs and served as the inaugural President for the first two years. He organized and started numerous other golf programs and games for Club members. For years he was the chief operator of the community's closed circuit TV station on Comcast, Channel 195 and served on both the community and Club's communication committees.
Bob is survived by Glenda, his loving wife of 56 years. By son Kevin (Bonnie Clark) Corley of Westlake, TX, daughter Angela (Mark) Aukamp of Greenwood Village, CO. Grandsons Kevin Andrew & Robert Clark Corley, Granddaughters Emilee Anne & Elena Corley Aukamp, and Brooke Corley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a baby brother, and his in-laws.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at:
The Family will hold a celebration of Bob's life at the Gulf Harbour Golf and Country Club dining room on November 22nd 1:30pm-4:00pm. Later in the summer another celebration of his life will be held at Meyers Cemetery, Herrick, Illinois where his ashes will be laid to rest next to his Mother and Father.
Published on October 26, 2016
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