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 4-8 P.M. Wednesday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Streator. Rev. William Callister will officiate. Prior to funeral services on Thursday further visitation will also be held from 9:30-11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Streator.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Streator. 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 brother, Tony Harcar; grandson, David Finkelstein; and good friends Jim Hoskins and Steve Kelleher.
Born August 31, 1938 in Streator, he was the son of Anthony “Tony” and Bernadine (Seipp) Harcar. He married Jo Ann Voights on August 22, 1959 in Streator. She preceded him in death on November 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 also 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, 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 6 decades touching the 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.