Robert  Foiles

Obituary of Robert Foiles

Robert Lee Foiles, age 85 of Hillview died Friday, March 30, 2018 at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born February 20, 1933 in Kampsville, the son of Cecil and Carrie Brangenberg Foiles. He married Barbra ODonnald in 1954 and she preceded him in death. He later married Patricia McHughs in 1967 and she survives

He is survived by three daughters, Sandra (Alan) Speaker of White Hall, Jackie (Gene) Heafner of Jerseyville, Bobbie Foiles of Granite City, four sons, Russell (Loretta) Foiles of Hillview, Billy Foiles of Centralia, Ricky (Linda) Foiles of Roxana, Rodney (Tammy) Foiles of Alton, twelve grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and a brother Roger Foiles of Carrollton. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Zondra Foiles, and four brothers, Gerald, Ralph, Raymond, and Ronnie Foiles.

Robert graduated from Carrollton High School in 1952. He then joined the United States Air Force in 1952 serving until 1953. He made his living farming and raising livestock in the Hillview area. He was an outstanding football player. He was known for his shoestring tackles as a very tough, hardnosed defensive end and lettered all four years. He also was an excellent basketball and baseball player. He was good at everything he set his mind to do, including woodworking, making jewelry from rocks, bowling and showing horses which he received many ribbons and trophies for. He enjoyed coon hunting, his peacocks, family wrestling matches, and fried chicken. He loved his family and instilled a work ethic and passion within us. One of his favorite quotes was “quitters never win and winners never quit.” We loved him for his orneriness and mischief. We will tell and laugh at his stories for years to come. He was a member of Believers Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall with burial to follow in Pine Tree Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Murray Parents Association. Condolences may be left online at