Friends mourn the loss of Robert Utter
New information continues surfacing in the suspicious death of a Rushville father.
Robert Utter was found dead inside a vehicle in Meredosia.
Utter was pronounced dead at the scene on Montgomery St. at 7:54 a.m. on May 24.
The Morgan County coroner said the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
Master Sergeant Seth Knox, of the Illinois State Police, said this is a homicide investigation.
Utter’s friends and family are grieving the loss of a beloved father and co-worker.
Now, the flag in front of the Schuyler County Emergency Services flies at half-staff in honor of Robert Utter.
The victims friends knew him as Bobby.
Utter was a volunteer EMT for Schuyler County for more than 23 years.
One of the paramedics for the county says Bobby was like a son to him.
"I’ve known bobby ever since his youth,” Terry Millslagle said. “I had him in boy scouts through explores through school classes and watched him grow up."
One of his co-workers says bobby was someone who he looked forward to working with because he made him laugh.
"Even just poking your head up during an ambulance transfer just to make sure he wasn’t asleep yet," Director of Schuyler County Emergency Services, Michael Hardy said.
The members of the Schuyler County Emergency Services team said Bobby was someone everyone counted on.
"He was always there when you needed him,” EMS supervisor, Nick Gregory said. “He was very reliable."
Hardy said they didn’t just lose a team member.
"He is not only an employee, he is also a friend and it just has hit close its hit home this time," Hardy said.
Millslagle said they lost some one valuable but will continue to serve in his memory.
"A hole is always going to be there, it will get smaller but we will continue moving forward and providing the service we have here and that he was a part of,” Millslagle said.
Utter also worked as a lab billing associate at memorial medical center since 1999.
On May 25, the Schuyler County Emergency Services will have an open house.
They will be honoring Robert Utter with a prayer around 9:30 a.m.
The open house will be at 234 S. Monroe St.
The 42-year-old was a father to a teenage daughter.
Utter’s family has set up an education fund for Emma Utter at the First Bankers Trust Company in Rushville.