Robert Francis

May 8th, 1935 - May 11th, 2020
Robert Francis

Marion-Robert Eugene Francis, 85, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Robert was born on May 8, 1935 in Fredericktown, MO to William and Essie (Smith) Francis.  He married Judy Aberle in October 1992 and she survives.

Robert was a lineman for IBEW Local 702 in West Frankfort.  He was a former member of Masonic Lodge #89 in Marion.  Robert was of Christian faith and enjoyed riding horses, camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include:

Wife-Judy Francis

Sons-Steven Francis and Jonathan Francis

Sister-Lee Wheeler

Several grandchildren and great grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Francis, Jr.; brothers, Bill and Bud; and sister, Helen.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND BY THE SIGNING OF EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER, a private funeral service will be held at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.  Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register online please visit

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2 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Chesley Rodgers

    From: Metropolis, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2020

    Prayers for the family of Mr. Francis, did not know him personally but have enjoyed the 9 day ride on his property for many years.

  • Guest: Rebecca Burns (Whealdon)

    From: Tacoma, Washington

    Date: May 19, 2020

    Prayers to you all. I loved Uncle Bob and wish my children could have known him. I have great memories of him.