Rev. Robert M. Sherman

The St. John’s family is saddened to announce the passing of Pastor Bob. He was well-known among the communities he served, and we invite those communities to use this page as a tribute.

The memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 11:00am at St. John’s. Arrangements for a private broadcast of the service are being made for those unable to join in person.

View the recording of the memorial service here.


Robert (Bob), age 69, of Minier, Illinois, died Monday, April 3, 2023. Born July 2, 1953, in Lovelock, Nevada, he is the son of Mary Margaret (Nee: Ramsey) and William Sherman, Sr. He married Dianne Kirschner, November 5, 1994.

Bob served in the Navy in the early 1970’s, a Vietnam Veteran. He is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. He attended Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis Indiana, receiving a Master of Divinity, while working at USA Group full time. Bob worked at USA Group for 10 years with perfect attendance.

Many will remember Bob for his quick humor and silly hats. Bob loved baseball. He was a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan. Bob was a loving and devoted pastor to his congregations and anyone in need.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dianne; a daughter, Jennifer Sherman; three grandchildren, Tyler Wagner, RaeAnne (Hinders) DeLaGarza and Kylie Hinders; two brothers, William and Frank.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lorraine; and a brother, Richard.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Minier IL. Reverend Tom Norwalk will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date.


As requested by Dianne, memorials can be made to St. John’s UCC to be used as a community fund for those in need or for special projects within the church in memory of Bob.

St. John’s has set up an online portal for those who would prefer to make contributions online. (see below)

Memorials can also be mailed to the church. Please note “Pastor Bob memorial” on the envelope and/or check. The church’s mailing address is:

St. John’s UCC

P.O. Box 530

Minier, IL 61759

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2 thoughts on “Rev. Robert M. Sherman

  1. Pastor Bob used to tease me about only eating half egg I think that’s how he remembers me I was going thru a hard time with my mom so he was trying to get me thru that time but it always put a smile on my face when he mentioned the half an egg Dave and I really liked pastor Bob

  2. Pastor Bob has had a huge influence on myself and my daughters. He helped restore my faith when I was feeling very challenged in my life with the death of my mother followed by a divorce. The connection that my girls and I developed with Pastor Bob and Dianne was like none we had experienced before and we are extremely grateful. They were the reason we became interested in joining the St John’s family. We will miss his check ins, his jokes, and just the comfort of knowing he would be there to talk and pray for us when needed. I only wish we would have told him what a huge impact he had had in our lives. He will be forever missed but the memories and his messages will never be forgotten and continue to live on within us. If I could go back and say anything to him given the opportunity it would simply be “Thank you”

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