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Dr. Robert Clair Childress

February 22, 1929 — December 17, 2022


Dr. Robert Clair Childress

Dr. Robert Clair Childress, 93, of Westfield, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.  He was born on February 22, 1929 to Johnson and Mildred (Hall) Childress in Goodland, Indiana.

Bob proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Army from 1956-1957 and was stationed in Bordeaux France where he met his beautiful wife Line.   He graduated from IU in 1951 as a Phi Beta Kappa, and then from the IU School of Medicine in 1954 with honors as an Alpha Omega Alpha recipient [top 10% of the class].  Bob opened a private practice in Ocala, Florida from 1962-1982 and then moved to Bedford, IN where he practiced at the Bedford Medical Clinic for 23 years.  Bob married Line Berr in France on April 4, 1957.  He loved being outside and tending to his garden, watching IU basketball, listening to classical music, playing euchre, and being with his dogs.  He loved his family more than anything.

Bob is survived by his wife, Line Childress; son, Eric (Cynthia) Childress; daughters, Sonia (David) Childress-Hoek, Tina Childress-Brown, and Michelle (Don) Nickum; grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, Alexander, Morgan, Madeline, Sydney, Melina and Pierce; great-grandchildren, Mosha, Maverick, Maine, and Meadow; and his beloved dog, Amie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Childress.

Services at 2:00 pm, on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2200 South High Street, in Bloomington.  Pastor Eric Edwards will officiate.  Burial will be at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford, IN immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your local humane society or the IU school of medicine in honor of Dr. Robert C. Childress.


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