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McMahan Services Set

February 6, 2020

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MACOMB, IL – A memorial mass for former Western Illinois University wrestling and football coach, and men's physical education assistant professor, Robert (Bob) McMahan will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at St. Paul Church in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm. Friday, Feb. 28 at the Lamoine Retirement Center in Macomb. McMahan, 81, passed away Feb. 2 in Macomb.

McMahan was hired as an instructor in men's physical education in 1966. McMahan was promoted to assistant professor in 1970, and granted tenure in 1972. He also was a member of the WIU Athletics staff, joining in 1966 as a line coach under Head Coach Darrell Mudra, and also served as head wrestling coach. In 1968, McMahan received the NAIA District 20 Outstanding Coach Award after he coached the Leatherneck wrestlers to a second straight District 20 championship. During the 1968 season, the WIU Wrestling team won eight matches, lost 10 and tied two. He taught and coached at Western until 1975. Before joining the WIU faculty and coaching staff, he was a teacher and coach at Worthington Public Schools. After leaving Western, McMahan started a financial planning business in Macomb.

McMahan received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University, where he also played football for nearly two years, and completed coursework at the University of Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; one daughter, Laura Rowe, and two grandchildren. A full obituary and guestbook can be found at

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