DIXON – Robert Joseph Dempsey Sr., 84, of Dixon, formerly of Harmon, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
Robert was born Jan. 27, 1933, in Dixon, the son of John J. and Marcella K. (O'Brien). He married the love and dance partner of his life, Floris Jeannette Stomberg on June 25, 1955, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon. She preceded his death on Nov. 2, 2010.
He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Following his military service, he was a farmer in the Harmon area for more than 50 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Dixon, and an avid collector. He was a devoted and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.
He is survived by four children, Robert (Colleen) Dempsey Jr., Brian (Nancie) Dempsey, and Jerry (Lisa) Dempsey, all of Dixon, and Sue (Dennis) Becker of Amboy; 12 grandchildren (who were all his favorites), Rebecca (Jason) Ketter of Byron, Amy (Brian) Bickner of Sycamore, Amanda (Kyle) Hacker of Rock Falls, Danielle (Eddy Wright) Dempsey of Sterling, Adam (Krissy) Dempsey of Metamora, Patrick (Erin) Dempsey of East Peoria, Chris (Tori) Boyle of Sublette, Cooper (Jessica) Dempsey of Dixon, Dilan (Katie) Dempsey of Dixon, Courtney (Jake) Lewis of Sublette, Logan (Sarah Lalley) Dempsey of Dixon, and Demi Becker of Amboy; 10 and 3/4 great-grandchildren; brother, John "Jack" (Sharon) Dempsey Jr. of Dixon; three sisters, Patricia (Donald) Brown of Lena, Sally Earp of Rockford, and Mary Jo Youngmark of Oswego; sister-in-law, Margaret "Pudge" Dempsey of Harmon; and one brother-in-law, Franklin (Eloise) Stomberg of Rockford.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Bridget Dempsey; and one brother, William.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Prayer service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Richard Kramer officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon, with military honors by the Dixon combined veterans group.
A memorial has been established to Veterans Park in Dixon.
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