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Robert T. Surface

Robert Taylor “Bob” Surface, age 82, died on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:13 am in Blessing Hospital.

Robert T. Surface | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisBob was born on February 24, 1936 in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Forrest Castle and Evelyn Nelson Surface. He married his beloved wife, Patricia Diane “Pat” Yoder on June 22, 1958. They were married for over 50 years, until her death on December 23, 2011.

After graduating high school, Bob served in the United States Army as a medic during the Korean War. Upon his return, he attended the University of Iowa. During his 50-plus year career, Bob was an award winning salesman at server companies including McKesson and G.S. Robins.

Bob is survived by his second wife, Martha Groenewold Bishop of Tulsa, OK; three daughters, Tracey (Fred Starr) Surface of Chicago, IL, Stephany (Greg) Taylor of Quincy, and Jennifer (Jay) Arrowsmith of Fowler, IL; five grandsons, Zachary Robert Fairfield, Jerrell A. Dean, Isaac L. Hickman, Jonah J. Fairfield and Vance Arrowsmith; one granddaughter, Olivia Arrowsmith; and five great-granddaughters, Kalie Hickman, Liliana Dean, Aubriana Lewis, Evie Hickman and Elyse Fairfield.

In addition to his first wife, Pat, Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Kevin Castle Surface and Robert Patrick Surface.

Services: A private family graveside service will be held at a later date

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Madison Park Christian Church.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Tracey, Stephany, Jennifer,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a very supportive husband and dad. Having lost both parents is tough. I think about mine all the time and am thankful that they were in my life and made my childhood great. Even now as I write this I find myself missing Pat-a great student and supporter of the arts and especially the Mid-Summer Arts Fair. I enjoyed teaching her and working with her. I was blessed to spend some time with both at their house before her passing. Please know that I am thinking of you guys and wish you much comfort and success in life. My prayers are with you.

  2. Rest in peace Uncle Bob. Many good family memories from way back when. Miss the good family gatherings on the weekends and all laughter. Will always cherish those days long gone now.

  3. A very wonderful man, father, grandfather and husband. Mr. Surface was a very kind soul. Such a dedicated christian, would help anyone. Mr. Surface i will truly miss you. I was blessed to have met you.

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