Robert Landes

Posted 12/2/20

MARION — Robert Roy Landes, 79, passed away peacefully in his home, overlooking his shade garden, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.

A memorial service is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, …

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Robert Landes

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MARION — Robert Roy Landes, 79, passed away peacefully in his home, overlooking his shade garden, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.

A memorial service is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, Marion, Illinois. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the funeral home. Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus and by the signing of the executive order by the Illinois governor, those attending the visitation or service are required to wear a mask and social distance from others.  

Mr. Landes and his twin brother, Richard, were born at home on the Landes family farm in Edgar County on May 12, 1941, the sons of Roy and Anna Perisho Landes. He also had a sister, Dorothy Murphy.

He married Mary Helen Gough, his high school sweetheart, in 1965. They had 2 children, Rob (Jessica) Landes of Marion and Tracy (Patrick) Brangle of St. Louis, Mo. He was fully invested in his children’s lives. He practiced sports with them in the backyard, coached their teams, and attended all their events as kids and then completed countless home and yard projects for them as adults. He knew (or could figure out how) to do anything. He always gave us unconditional love, complete support and believed in us more than we believed in ourselves. The smile that went all the way to his eyes was in great supply when he was with his four grandchildren: Abby (Andrew) Erker, Elizabeth Landes and Amelia Brangle, all of St. Louis, and Payton Robert Landes of Denver, Colo. He adored being their Papa.

While he was growing up in Edgar County, the whole family was active in 4-H raising and showing horses and cows.

Mr. Landes loved motorcycles and fast cars. He enjoyed telling stories about them, such as selling livestock to buy his first car, a ‘48 Studebaker. He had a ‘33 Ford that he cut the top off to make into a convertible, and he rolled his blue ‘56 Ford and had to dig himself out. He graduated from Kansas High School in 1959.

After high school, Mr. Landes worked as an aircraft welder at MECO in Paris. He moved to Southern Illinois in 1964 to attend the Vocational Technical Institute. He was such a good welder that VTI asked him to teach adult education courses while he completed his degree at SIU. He discovered that he loved teaching so much that he changed his major to education. His first and only job after graduation was at John A. Logan College, where he was a welding and metallurgy instructor for 30 years. He took great pride in being a good teacher and in the success of his students.

Mr. Landes left instructions for his obituary to include he had a passion for racing anything with a fast motor and wheels. At some point, he raced go-karts, odysseys, motorcycles, stock cars and modified midget cars – most of which he built on his own. He was the president of Southern Illinois Modified Midget Association for more than 10 years and was instrumental in building and developing the Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion. He won many local and regional races and was the National Modified Midget Association national champion in 1990.

Memorial donations may be made to the John A. Logan Foundation or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Online condolences at www.wilsonmcreynolds.com