Robert Dover

Robert Dover

PAXTON — Robert “Bob” Allen Dover, 58, of Paxton, died Monday, April 22, 2019, at the family farmhouse.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, April 27, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with visitation preceding the services at 10 a.m.

Mr. Dover was born May 10, 1960, in Paxton to Hilda Louise Hanson and William Lowell Dover.

Mr. Dover started his education by initially being homeschooled, later graduating from Centennial High School in Champaign. He received a degree in history from the University of Illinois. He was currently an eighth-grade social studies teacher at J.W. Eater Junior High School in Rantoul.

Mr. Dover had an exuberant amount of love for his nieces and nephews. He especially loved taking them to lunch, dinner, movies, Illinois basketball games and to the occasional bar in Champaign.

Mr. Dover was a huge sports fan, always watching the Fighting Illini and Chicago Cubs.

Mr. Dover loved music, attending a wide variety of concerts as often as he could. He loved nothing more than when all of his sisters and their families could come to the farmhouse and jam out to music, play cards, eat a ton, and, yes, have a few drinks. He had such a big heart. He loved being around his family and friends as much as possible.

Survivors include his brother, Benjamin Dover of Paxton; his sisters, Diane Bennett of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Linda (Michael) Carl of Salina, Kan., Marylin (Brian) Jones of Ottawa and Beverly (John) Jones of Oxford, Ark.; his nieces, Amber Carl of Lenexa, Kan., Jordan Jones of Ottawa and Alexis Runyan of Oxford, Ark.; and his nephews, Jason Carl of Salina, Kan., Michael (Jared Covert) Carl of Lenexa, Kan., and Bryce Jones of Ottawa; his great-nephew, Brayden Peed of Ottawa; and a huge host of close friends.

Mr. Dover was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda Dover, in 2000; his father, William Dover, in 1976; a nephew, Jeremy Carl, in 2000; and two brothers-in-law, David Bennett in 2006 and Jeremy Runyan in 2012.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to an organization of the donor’s choice.

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