We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel & Crematory
Robert L Child, Jr., passed away Friday, June 3, 2022 after a lengthy illness and decline in health. Bob was born on July 25, 1930 to Robert and Ethel (Hackard) Child in Springfield, Illinois.
Bob was raised with his younger brother John in Springfield, graduating from Lanphier High School in 1948. He loved sports of all kinds, but his true passion was golf, a sport that he cherished throughout his life. One of his proudest accomplishments was having nine hole-in-one’s and winning the Illinois State Amateur Championship.
In 1950 Bob married Marilyn Ruth Seibert and had four daughters. With a young family to raise he immediately went to work first in the banking industry and then the manufacturing industry.
With Bob’s drive, ambition and natural intellect, he found career success in turnarounds of all types of manufacturing companies. These opportunities meant moving his family from Illinois to South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, New York and Texas.
In 1994, Bob and his wife Mary started their own manufacturing company, Lyco Enterprises. Lyco was a manufacturer and distributor of a variety of OB/GYN medical products. Bob developed a special bond with Lyco’s plant manager, Ruben Barrientos, that he mentored and loved as family. Mary and Bob sold the company in early 2000 and moved to Knoxville for retirement and to be closer to family.
Retirement simply meant more time for golf. Bob quickly befriended a number of other golf buddies that also liked to play cards on a regular basis. All of these guys meant the world to him, in particular Rick Policicchio and Ted Christensen who were with him all the way.
Bob did all things with heart and passion, including his love of family and his dogs. There was nothing he liked better than celebrating holidays with as many as could gather. He was his happiest with family, great food, laughter and a dog on his lap. (Especially his buddy Winston)
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He is survived by his five daughters, Julie (Jim) Mills, Susan (Pat) Hundley, Betsy Child (Paul Barber), Nancy C Kendrick and Virginia (Steven) Junkin. He also had eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren which he absolutely adored.
The daughters would like to give special thanks to Senior Helpers (Teresa) for their kind care and support. We would also like to thank Dr. Gerald L. Mancebo for being the “best doctor ever” for the past twenty two years. And, to all of the staff at Dead Horse and Willow Creek Golf courses, thank you for always welcoming Dad with open arms.
The family will have a private gathering to honor and celebrate Dad’s life on Monday, June 13th at the home of Betsy Child and Paul Barber, 1411 Tugaloo Drive, Knoxville. Memorials may be sent to a charity of your choice.