STREATOR — Robert E. “Bob” Harcar (Bob the Barber), 79, of Streator, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Streator, surrounded by loved ones.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Solon-Telford Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. William Callister will officiate. Prior to funeral services on Thursday, further visitation also will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Streator, with military rites. Pallbearers will be his brothers, Steven and Daniel Harcar; nephews, Troy Harcar and Sam Bucalo; brother-in-law, Larry “Chico” Poldek; and family friend, David McCully. Honorary pallbearers will be his brothers, Anthony and Michael Harcar; grandson, David Finkelstein; and good friends, Jim Hoskins and Steve Kelleher.
Born Aug. 31, 1938, in Streator, he was the son of Anthony “Tony” and Bernadine (Seipp) Harcar. He married Jo Ann Voights on Aug. 22, 1959, in Streator. She preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 2008.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Gary) Finkelstein, of Streator; a son, Robert J. (Lidia) Harcar, of Des Plaines; grandchildren, David Finkelstein, of Streator, Lauren (Matthew Kelley) Finkelstein, of Chicago, and Jase and Maddex Harcar, of Des Plaines; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Alexander Finkelstein, of Streator; sisters, Sue Morgan, of Streator, Mary (Larry “Chico”) Poldek, of Streator, and LuAnn (Jim) Hoarty, of Streator; brothers, Tony (Marjorie) Harcar, of Streator, Michael Harcar, of Streator, Daniel Harcar, of Streator, and Stephen (Chris) Harcar, of Streator; a sister-in-law, Raelene Harcar, of Streator; and a special companion, Patty Lynn Fredericks, of Streator, and her family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jo Ann; sisters, Beverly Fialko, Carol Bucalo and Patricia Starkey; and brothers, Dale, David, Donald, Gene and Mark Harcar.
Born and raised in Streator, Bob attended St. Stephen’s Grade School and graduated from Streator High School. He later attended and graduated from Mid-West Barber College in Peoria.
He served in the Illinois National Guard.
He was a member of the former Immaculate Conception Church and currently belonged to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Bob owned and operated Bob’s Barber Shop in Streator for 57 years, retiring this past July. He was an iconic figure in Streator for almost six decades, touching people’s lives as not only their barber, but also as their friend. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Bob’s favorite line when someone left the Barber Shop was “keep it growing” or “keep your powder dry.”
Bob was always touched by the outpouring of kindness, concern and prayers for him and his family, especially during his battle with cancer. He greatly appreciated the medical community for his care.
The family asks to always follow his example by helping others, picking up garbage and being thankful for what you have. One sentence repeatedly said by Bob throughout his whole life and especially during his illness is that he was truly blessed, and he was.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.