ROBERT C. BEDELL
Robert C. Bedell, 73, of Quincy, died of complications from cancer on Wednesday (November 15, 2017) at Blessing Hospital.
Robert was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on June 3, 1944. His parents were Elverda and Albert Bedell. Robert was involved in marching percussion throughout his schooling in Sharon, marching with a percussion, accordion and baton ensemble, plus the High School marching band. Following graduation in 1962 from Sharon High School, Robert joined the U.S. Army band stationed in Augsburg, Germany for 2 years. After returning from the Army Robert began his college education receiving his Bachelor of Music Performance at Youngstown State University. He was an adjunct percussion instructor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. for 2 years before starting his Masters degree in Percussion Performance at Kent State University studying with Donald Miller of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Robert started his Doctorate of Percussion Performance at University of Iowa. The well renowned percussionist Cloyd Duff, 30 year timpanist with the Cleveland Symphony and Stanley Leonard of the Pittsburgh Symphony were two of his professors throughout his career. Robert played percussion with the Cleveland Symphony and the Youngstown Symphony.
Drum Corps was a true love of Robert’s. For 28 years Phyllis and Robert went to Drum Corps finals seeing old friends and enjoying the sport, even going to Montreal, Canada to the finals for their honeymoon! Robert marched in Senior Drum Corps with the Erie, PA Thunderbirds Drum and Bugle Corps.
In 1980 Robert joined the music faculty of Central Missouri State University, now Central Missouri University in Warrensburg, MO. Robert was one of 3 marching band instructors, taught jazz band, and all forms of performing percussion. It was in September of that year that he met Phyllis, proposed in October and they married in May of 1981.
Robert and Phyllis moved to Quincy in the summer of 1984. They joined the music faculty of Quincy College, now Quincy University.
Robert has been an active member and Past Master of Bodley Masonic Lodge No. 1, Quincy Consistory Scottish Rite where he served as Sovereign Prince from 2002 – 2004 and was the choir director for the Spring and Fall Reunions for many years. Robert was honored with the Meritorious Service Award in 2013. He was also a member of Ansar Shrine Temple of Springfield and a very active member and Past President of Quincy High Twelve Club No. 40, where he served on the Board of Directors and since 1997 served as the club treasurer. In 1996, Robert was elected to serve as President of the Illinois State High Twelve Association.
Robert served on many church committees at Disciple of Christ Church and Salem UCC where he sang in the choirs and played in the bell choir. He was also active in the Men’s Friday morning discussion group at Vermont Street Church for many years. At the Quincy Public Library, he volunteered at the Second Hand Prose bookstore. He began Renaissance Readers, a non-fiction book club, and was facilitator of Socrates’ Café. Robert was an officer of Polis at Quincy University.
Robert shared his percussive talents playing when asked with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and sang in the Quincy Symphony Chorus for many years.
Robert and Phyllis loved to travel having been to 35 foreign countries. They loved animals and over their married life had 30 rescue dogs, cats and a dove, although not all at the same time!
Robert was a gentle man, a good listener, a faithful friend and wonderful teacher that touched and influenced many lives. He will be missed by his wife Phyllis and all who knew him.
Masonic services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 and Funeral services at 3:15 p.m. at Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, 435 South 9th Street.
Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 at Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ.
Arrangements are in the care of Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Quincy Symphony Chorus or the Quincy Humane Society.