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Robert J. Prentice, M.D., Galesburg, IL


Robert J. Prentice, M.D., Galesburg, IL
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2015 and Revised 26 Apr 2017
Updated 2 Jun 2020, Scott Prentice

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1. Robert J. Poblocki, b. 1919 and d. 2010 at an unknown location. Living in 2007, Galesburg, IL.

He m. Jeanne M. Pesche. She d. 14 Apr 2003. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Robert J. Prentice , b. 29 Jul 1944, Fort Benning, GA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[2]
  2. Leo J. Prentice, OD, b. 17 May 1948 per LDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Catherine Prentice. She m. Paul Plath and in 2007 lived in Kingwood, TX.
  4. Terese Prentice. She m. Paul Plecnik and in 2007 lived in Fremont, CA.
  5. Paula Prentice. She m. Thomas Siegel and in 2007 lived in Elmwood, IL.

2. Robert J. Prentice , b. 29 Jul 1944, Fort Benning, GA, and d. 19 Aug 2007, CO. His obituary reads as follows:

    Register-Mail, The (Galesburg, IL) - Thursday, September 6, 2007: Robert J. Prentice, M.D., Galesburg, IL.

    Robert J. Prentice, M.D., 1944-2007

    GALESBURG - Dr. Robert J. Prentice was born at Fort Benning, Ga., on July 29, 1944, to Robert J. Poblocki and Jeanne M. (Pesche) Poblocki. He passed away Aug. 19, 2007, in a place he enjoyed in the state of Colorado.

    Dr. Prentice is survived by his father, Robert J. Poblocki of Galesburg; four siblings, Leo (Linda) Prentice OD of Darien, Ill., Catherine (Paul) Plath of Kingwood, Texas, Terese (Paul) Plecnik of Fremont, Calif., and Paula (Thomas) Siegel of Elmwood, Ill. In addition he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews including Thomas R. Siegel of Monmouth, Ill., Karl F. Siegel of Elmwood, Ill., and Mary T. Siegel of Elmwood, Ill., all of whom he was especially fond. He is also survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition, he is survived by his dear friends Alfie and Margaret Morey, Dr. William Crisman and Linda Rowley.

    Dr. Prentice was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanne M. Poblocki, who passed away April 14, 2003, and his nephew, Jonathan E. Siegel, who passed away June 21, 2003. In addition he was preceded in death by all of his grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

    He was reared on a farm in McHenry County, Ill., and attended parochial schools. After high school he attended Loyola University in Chicago and was accepted into Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. After completing medical school he was commissioned as a captain in the United States Army. He requested he be placed in the airborne division. He became a paratrooper and was invited to join the Green Berets, which he proudly did. He served a year in Vietnam at Bung Tau, a Green Beret fire base. He received numerous awards, among them the Bronze Star. Upon returning from Vietnam he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery, receiving the distinction, Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He then settled in Galesburg, Ill., and accepted a position with the Galesburg Clinic where he practiced for 27 years. He was on staff at OSF St. Mary, Cottage, Community Medical Center and Kewanee Hospital.

    When not practicing as a doctor, Robert enjoyed crop farming as well as animal husbandry. Horseback riding was a favorite pastime as was tennis, playing chess and flying his airplane. Dr. Prentice will be remembered for his skills as a physician and a farmer, his kindness, generosity, helpfulness and his straightforward, honest communication style. He will be missed by many. Funeral arrangements will be private. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

To the foregoing, the following addenda appears:

    Robert J. Prentice, M.D. GALESBURG - I would like to add to Robert J. Prentice's obituary and include all of the family members and friends who were not mentioned in the first one. Robert is survived by his wife, Margie Prentice and his five minor children, Larissa (age 17), Cecilia (age 12), Peggy (age 11), Suzie (age 9), and Robbie (age 6), all of Cameron, Ill. He is also survived by his three older children, Jeannette Chernin of Joliet, Ill., and Colette (Brian) Bullock and Bob (Ann) Gendron of Chicago, Ill. Robert was the grandfather of four boys, Hunter Chernin and George, Jeffrey and Jacques Bullock, all living in the Chicago area. The previous list of dear friends did not include his friend and faithful nurse of 25 years, Carol (Warrick) White and her husband Bud, or his longtime friends Hershel and Alice Statham.

    Register-Mail, The (Galesburg, IL) - Friday, September 7, 2007.

It also appears that Robert J. Prentice was facing criminal charges at the time of his death per the following newspaper item:

    Register-Mail, The (Galesburg, IL) - Sunday, September 2, 2007, Robert J. Prentice - Accused doctor dies in Colorado

    GALESBURG - The death of Dr. Robert J. Prentice, who was facing charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, was confirmed Saturday by the Warren County state's attorney. "All I can tell you is that I was made aware Thursday that he is deceased," Algren told The Register-Mail by telephone. He said the death occurred Aug. 19 in Colorado. "You know as much as I do at this point," he said.

    Prentice was due to stand trial in Warren County in October, Algren said. A pre-trial conference was scheduled for Sept. 19 and the jury trial was to begin Oct. 9. Prentice, 62, 1795 270th Ave., Alexis, was charged in May with two felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The abuse was alleged to have taken place in March and April 2004 against a female between the ages of 13 and 17. The charges carried a potential sentence of three to seven years and a fine of up to $25,000.

Robert's children from first marriage:

  1. Jeannette Prentice. She m. Mr. Chernin and in 2007 lived in Joliet, IL. Son:
    1. Hunter Chernin.
  2. Colette Prentice. She m. Brian Bullock and in 2007 lived in Chicago, IL. Children:
    1. George Bullock.
    2. Jeffrey Bullock.
    3. Jacques Bullock.
  3. Bob Prentice. He m. Ann Gendron and in 2007 lived in Chicago, IL.

Robert m. Margie _______. Children:

  1. Larissa Prentice. 2007 in Cameron, IL.
  2. Cecilia Prentice. 2007 in Cameron, IL.
  3. Peggy Prentice. 2007 in Cameron, IL.
  4. Suzie Prentice. 2007 in Cameron, IL.
  5. Robbie Prentice. 2007 in Cameron, IL.

3, Leo J. Prentice, b. 17 May 1948 per LDS. Optometrist, of Woodridge. IL, Dr. Leo J Prentice attended to Illinois College Of Optometry At Chicago and then graduated in 1978. 2001 living in Chicago, IL. His later practice was at 7451 Woodward Ave., Suite 101, Woodridge, Illinois 60517-2665. Photos at Wowvision.

He m. 1st Patricia Mitchell. Children of Leo and Pat:

  1. Eugene David Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Anna Prentice, b. 1983. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

He m. 2nd Linda.

4. Eugene David Prentice, b. c. 1975-1981. 2015 lived in Kirby, TX. His mother was Pat of Chicago, IL, per Mason's obituary.

He m. Gail Elaine Parsons c. 1990-2000. Children:

  1. Mason J-E Prentice. b. 19 Sep 2003 Ft. Hood, TX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  2. Morgan Prentice. She m. Mr. Parsons-LaBarre. 2015 in Walters, OK.
  3. Mackenzie Prentice. She m. Mr. Benson. 2015 om Walters OK.

5. Anna Prentice, b. 1983 and d. 18 Apr 2012, Dublin, OH, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, OH, following a motorcycle accident. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Columbus Dispatch, The, Ohio, April 21, 2012. GenealogyBank.com: Anna C Wilson, 29.

    WILSON Anna C. Wilson, age 29, of Dublin, Thursday, April 18, 2012 at Riverside Methodist Hospital after a motorcycle accident. Employee of Central Ohio Gastroenterology Group.

    Preceded in death by grandparents Robert and Jeanne Poblocki and John Mitchell (father of Patricial Mitchelol, above).

    Survived by husband, Adam R. Wilson; father, Dr. Leo (Linda) Prentice and mother, Patricia Mitchell (mother of Patricial Mitchelol, above). , all of Illinois; brother, Eugene Prentice and nephew, Mason, both of Texas; grand-mother, Jeanne Mitchell; other relatives and friends; and her much loved pets. Graduate of Downers Grove South H.S., Illinois (2001) and The Ohio State University (2006). Anna was much loved by her husband Adam, family, and friends and will be greatly missed. Per Ann's request, she was an organ donor.

    Memorial Service 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012 at RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High St., Worthington, Ohio 43085, where family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Contributions may be sent to Cozy Cat Cottage, 62 Village Pointe Dr., Powell, OH 43065 in her memory. Condolences may be sent to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.

She m. Adam R. Wilson. No children are mentioned in her obituary.

6. Mason J-E Prentice, b. 19 Sep 2003 Ft. Hood, TX, and d. 16 Feb 2015, Walters, OK, age 11. Bur. in Walters Cemetery. Photo in Dewald's Word Pad. He died in a pickup truck accident; the report is attached:

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: February 17, 2015 12:00 AM CDT Updated: February 17, 2015 7:29 AM CDTl 1 dead, 4 injured after truck hits ice patch near Lawton

    LAWTON — Police say an 11-year-old boy is dead and four others are injured after their vehicle hit an ice patch, striking a guardrail and rolling over at least once. A Lawton police spokesman says the pickup truck on Monday morning was traveling north on Interstate 44 near Lawton when the vehicle hit an icy spot on a bridge. The spokesman says the driver then lost control of the truck and hit a guardrail.

    The child was ejected from the truck through a side window. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy’s mother, Gail Prentice, was driving the vehicle and was taken to a Lawton hospital, police reported. Three other passengers, Kendal Patterson, 21, MacKenzie Benson, 19, and a 3-year-old unidentified boy, also were taken to the hospital, police reported. They did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, police reported.

Mason's His obituary reads as follows:

    Mason J-E Prentice was born to Eugene David and Gail Elaine (Parsons) Prentice on September 19, 2003 at Fort Hood, TX and departed this life in Lawton, OK on February 16, 2015 at the age of 11 years, 4 months and 28 days.

    Mason spent the first 8 years of his life in Killeen, TX, until moving to Walters, OK, in the summer of 2011. He attended Walters Elementary until starting the Fall 2014 semester at St. Mary’s Catholic School. He attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lawton and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Kirby, TX. Mason enjoyed skateboarding, playing Pokemon, loved Classic Cars and could identify them and tell you about them. In the San Antonio area he loved bicycle rides, movies, zoos, museums and the “Riverwalk.”

    Survivors include his father, Gene Prentice of Kirby, TX; his mother, Gail Prentice of Walters; 2 sisters, Morgan Parsons-LeBarre and Mackenzie Benson both of Walters; his paternal grandmother (father's mother), Pat Prentice of Chicago, IL; his maternal grandmother, Pat Parsons of Walters; his paternal grandfather, Leo Prentice and wife Linda of Brothertown, WI; a paternal great grandmother, Jeanne Mitchell of Crystal Lake, IL; his nieces and nephew, Heaven and Heyden Sias, and Kiersten Landis; 2 aunts, Rene Parsons of Walters, Valerie Doggett and husband Cliff of San Antonio, TX; other relatives and many friends.

    He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ernest Parsons; and his aunt, Anna Prentice.

    Funeral Mass at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Lawton, Friday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Joseph Ross Officiating with interment in the Walters Cemetery. A Wake will be held at Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel in Walters, Thursday evening, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School, 611 SW A Ave., Lawton, OK 73501.

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