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“Doretta, Debby, Mickey, Mike and Paul, I'm so sorry for your loss. We rented next door to you when the kids were young and Debby babysat for us....Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Deb Burger - Dixon, IL

“Doretta, dear friend, I am so, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My heart goes out to you, Debbie, Micky, Mike, and Paul. I have such good...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Edna Davila - Mount Pleasant, WI

“It's been so long since we've seen each other that I don't know if you'll even remember me, Doretta. I'm in the Cedar Rapids congregation. I'm...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jan Webster - Solon, IA - Friend

“We send our sympathy and love and prayers. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Steve and Cheryl Lathrop Hammil - KY

“So sorry for your loss! Prayers for you all! Anita & Kelsey Morris. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Anita (Lathrop) Morris - IL

“Bob was a dear friend who had a genuine love for all people. He was kind hearted and he loved to joke with everyone! We will miss you, Bob, but...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Pat and Randy Reaves - Moline, IL


STERLING – On this date, January 24, 2020 Bobbie Lathrop, 85, of Sterling, took his first steps in heaven with his Savior after gently slipping away in his sleep. Bobbie was born in Wayne City, IL on November 25, 1934, the son of Albert and Grace (Butler) Lathrop. He married Doretta Blayney on August 19, 1956 in Sterling.

Bobbie worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 42 years.

He was an elder of Community of Christ in Sterling, where he served as Pastor for 15 years. Bobbie served on the church building committee, was Superintendent of Sunday School, counselor at church camp, and volunteered for the Fish Pantry. He was also involved with the Rock River Valley International Fellowship, and served as host for international visitors. Bobbie was also a proud blood donor, donating many gallons to the American Red Cross.

Survivors include his wife Doretta; two daughters, Debra Lathrop of Rock Falls, and Machele Gage of Dixon; two sons, Michael (Elizabeth) Lathrop of Basalt, ID, and Paul (Dawn) Lathrop of Sterling; three sisters, Bonnie (Ivan) Holler of Fairfield, Betty Porter of Georgia, and Barbara (Robert) Bolton of Fairfield; and five grandchildren, Daniel Lathrop, Jordan (Justin) Lathrop, Stephanie (Richard) Aufdermauer, Tyler (Carly) Lathrop, and Ashley (Dillon) Hicks.

Bobbie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Billy and James Lathrop; one sister Dorothy Utley, and two grandchildren, Justin and Tahlea.

Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Funeral Service will follow on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11am at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.