Robert T. Trimpe

Robert T. Trimpe

CHAMPAIGN – Robert T. Trimpe, 84, of Champaign died 4:04 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at home.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. Monsignor Mark J. Merdian will officiate. Burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2010, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Trimpe was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Quincy, son of Elmer L. and M. Virginia Williams Trimpe. He married Glenda Kuethe Trimpe on Sept. 9, 1961, in Assumption. She survives.

Survivors also include two daughters, Roberta Trimpe (Brian) Davis of Mahomet, Linda Trimpe (Frank) Wisniowski of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; and grandchildren Brittany and Brandon Davis of Mahomet. He also leaves a sister, Delores Trimpe Peoples of Westover, Md., and several nieces and nephews.

He attended Quincy schools and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific and was involved in the invasion of Okinawa. He graduated from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1949 with a BS degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Georgetown University Law School in 1953 with a LLB degree and a Jurist Doctorate in 1967.

Mr. Trimpe was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois on Aug. 10, 1956, and was honored as Senior Counselor for 50 years of membership in good standing in the Illinois State Bar Association. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Illinois in 1964. He practiced law in Champaign County for over 50 years, during which he served as assistant state's attorney and public defender. He assisted in the establishment of Legal Services Agency, now known as Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, which provided free legal services for those with low income; served on Citizen's Advisory Committee of the Champaign County Adult Diversion Program as its past president; and served on Champaign County Bar Association Board of Governors.

He was also a member of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed Illini sports.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church or to Carle Hospice.