John Wallace Robb, 83, of Sparta, IL, formerly of Steeleville, IL. He was born on May 28, 1937 in Sparta, IL, the son of Harold and Nancy (McConachie) Robb. John passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his home in the loving care of his wife.
He was a very intelligent man that worked as a building engineer. John worked at Fermilab in Batavia, IL for sixteen years. In that time, he designed and created a chair for patients with brain cancer. He was in the National Geographic magazine for his innovative designs. After leaving his job at Fermilab, John began his new career as an inventor in Newport News, VA at the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory. After retiring, John and Susanne moved to Steeleville, IL and hosted the Apple Butter Festival at their home for ten years.
John was preceded in death by his parents; Two sons – Russell Scott Robb and John Kevin Robb; Sister – Karen Hardester.
He is survived by his loving wife – Susanne (Dieck) Robb of Sparta, IL to whom he married on June 2, 1984; Adopted daughter – Lori Robb of Chicago, IL; Three grandchildren – Kevin Robb, Scott Robb and Lauren Robb; One sister – Melba (Oliver) Stroh of Columbia, IL; Two brothers – Lynn (Millie) Robb of Steeleville, IL and Keith (Nancy) Robb of Florida; Several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Visitation: Family and friends may attend on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Face masks are required to be worn in accordance with CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Tim McIntyre officiating.
Interment: Committal services will be held at St. Mary of Lourdes Cemetery in Metamora, IL on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.