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John Wallace Robb

John Wallace Robb


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.

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  1. Lori C. ROBB says:

    Words cannot describe how wonderful a man my father is. I am grief stricken beyond anything I’ve ever felt in my life. I tried to be prepared for this and has done me no good.
    Dearest Dad, I feel you so strongly with me and always will be. I talk to you so much and I know you are listening. Thank you for holding on for me. We were together one last moment and you were ready to lay your head down peacefully. You are the person that laid the template for me to follow. All my life I have thought “what would my Dad do?” in all situations. I’ve always gauged everyone by your kindness, giving nature, patience, and respect for everyone else. You always put others needs first no matter what. The are the example that everyone should mirror themselves. I will not say goodbye because we are always together no matter what. I imagine you are right now at Randolph County lake near Chester in the Rv of your wildest dreams. I know that you of course make many upgrades on your own because you are so smart in that department. I loved watching you clean, batter and fry the bluegill, not to forget the best best hush puppies in the world. We the best time catching blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. Thank you for being my father and sharing so many things. Thank you for sharing your life with me as well as so many others. You and I are standing next to one another now and always will. That is the best feeling in the world. We will see another Cubs game together while we eat the biggest bag of peanuts ever!!!

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