Robert Treat


Rev. Dr. Robert J. "Bob" Treat, 74, died on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Relais Bonne Eau (Hospice of Southern Illinois Home) in Edwardsville, Ill.

He will be missed by his wife, Betty Treat; his son, Robert G. (Carol) Treat of Edwardsville, Ill.; and his daughter, Deborah (David) Frazier of Moro, Ill.

He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, David R. Frazier, Meghann Treat and Nathan Johnson, Benjamin Treat, Stephanie Frazier, Jonathan (Pearl) Frazier. His two great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Johnson and Gabriel Frazier were a special joy to him.

He will also be missed by his sisters, Kay (Tom) Small of Birmingham, Ala., Shirley (Alfred) Dickerson of Hurst, Ill.; and brother, Larry (Carolyn) Treat of Dallas, Texas. He will be also be missed by his caregiver, Allen Durkee of Edwardsville, Ill.; and his long time friend, Tony Jansen of Highland, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Joe and Mary Treat.

Robert was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Bob entered the ministry while a college student and served the Saratoga United Methodist Church. He served churches in the former Southern Illinois Conference, and Central Illinois Conference.

He was appointed and served as the first United Methodist campus minister at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville for eleven years. He also served as the conference council director, district superintendent and vice president for Church Relations at McKendree University.

In retirement, he enjoyed assisting the Glen Carbon United Methodist Church and St. John's United Methodist Church. He was especially proud of the Visitation Team he developed and the Pastor Emeritus honor bestowed by St. John's. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from McKendree University.

Bob loved books, music and had a zest for learning. He earned degrees from SIU-C, masters degrees from St. Louis University, Eden Theological Seminary and Garrett Theological Seminary. He also received a doctor of ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary and PhD. from Northwestern University. He published more than twenty articles in magazines and journals.

Bob will long be remembered for his warm caring spirit and his concern for others.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church and Relais Bonne Eau (Hospice of Southern Illinois facility)

Visitation: The Family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at St. John's United Methodist Church on State Route 143 for the viewing.

Funeral: Celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010, at St. John's United Methodist Church with Dr. William Lewis and the Rev. Sheryl Palmer officiating. Private interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Edwardsville, Ill.