Robert Dohner

Robert DohnerRobert Samuel Dohner, 89, of Astoria died at 9:55 p.m. Sept. 27, 2007, at Wesley Village in Macomb.

He was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Vermont, a son of David Robert and Ethel May Rowland Dohner. He married Beulah Marie Gibble on Sept. 15, 1940, in Astoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Marilyn (and Gary) Johnson of Macomb and Martha (and Lee) Fillingham of Cuba; two sons, David Dohner of Vermont and Mark Dohner of Ipava; one brother, Dr. Russell Dohner of Rushville; three sisters, Doris (and Ronald) Cook of Industry, Lydia (and Les) Goodwin and Clarice Dohner, both of Rushville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Beula Garrabrant and Norma Dohner.

He graduated from Vermont High School in 1935 and began his career farming with his father on the family farm. In 1940, Robert and his wife farmed in the Astoria-Vermont area. They bought their first farm in 1949 and lived there until 1957. They moved to Vermont where they lived for 30 years, moving in 1987 to their Astoria retirement home.

He purchased stock as it became available in the Vermont State Bank and in 1962 he began serving as a director of the bank board. In 1982, he became president of the Vermont State Bank for 23 years.

He was a member of Astoria Church of the Brethren, serving as moderator of the church board for nearly 19 years; a member of the VIT High School Board, three years, president, two years; Fulton County Zoning Board, 20 years; and Spoon River Electric Co-op Board, three years.

Services were held Monday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Gary Schultz officiating. Burial was in Astoria Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Astoria Rescue Squad or the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation in Rushville.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/3/2007