Robert C. ‘Bob’ Lamendola, 76, of Sullivan, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 in Mason Point, Sullivan.
Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Reed Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. Memorials are suggested to the Sullivan Senior Center. Online condolences may be made to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Lamendola was born February 20, 1945 in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Joseph F. and Margie M. Hammer Lamendola. Early in his career Bob learned the art of meat cutting. He worked in Champaign and later moved to Sullivan to own and operate Sullivan Meat Packing. Bob became an auctioneer and along with Linnea they owned and operated Lamendola Auction Service. During this same time he and Linnea owned and operated The Spot Restaurant in Sullivan. Bob also was a horse trainer and breeder and judged many horse shows. He and Linnea enjoyed traveling to the many horse shows throughout the Midwest. Bob was a member of the Sullivan AMBUCS, the Illinois State Auctioneers Association, the Quarter Horse Association and the Paint Horse Association. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, working in his yard and gardening. Bob married Linnea B. Olson on May 6, 1967 in Champaign and she survives.
Also surviving are his children Todd Lamendola and Tricia Lamendola, both of Sullivan; granddaughter Brittney Lamendola and her daughter Kinzley Troxell of Mattoon; granddaugher Daniele Daily and her daughter Aliyah Moran of Sullivan; sisters Rosemary Smith of Champaign and Vicki Millage of Urbana and a brother Bill Lamendola of Tolono.
He was preceded in death by his parents.