Robert “Bob” L. Waeltz, 85, of New Athens, IL; born on July 31, 1931 in New Athens, IL; passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Mr. Waeltz was a retired coal miner. He was a 50 plus year member of the Progressive Grange. He was a member of the New Athens Lions Club, a Charter member of the New Athens Historical Society, a trustee of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, President of the East Dutch Hill Cemetery Association and member of the Friends of Zion Church, Inc. Mr..Waeltz served as a past supervisor of the Engelmann Township. Robert was very passionate about history and genealogy. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Gustav and Marie, nee Klinckhardt, Waeltz. Two brothers – Marion Waeltz and Allan Waeltz. His mother-in-law – Delow Fruth. Also preceded in death by a special cousin – Bud Waeltz and dear friend – Walter Skorcz.
Bob is survived by his wife – Lois, nee Fruth, Waeltz. His daughters – Kathleen (Robert) Welker of Mascoutah, IL; Susan (Ken) Voss of Mascoutah, IL; Lorie (Frank) Eby of Aurora, CO. His grandchildren – Carl (Leslie) Welker; Niki (Morgan) Christ; Kari Welker; Brandon (Laura) Voss; Jason (Melissa) Voss; Lindsey (James) DeGroot; Heather (Luke) DeNooy. His great-grandchildren – Delany Welker; Liam Welker; Gavin Christ; Maddie Christ; Tyler Christ; Sarah Voss; Caleb Voss; Sienna Voss; Beau DeGroot; Wesley DeGroot; Walker DeNooy. His father-in-law – Calvin Fruth. Sisters-in-law – Marielle Waeltz; Ruth Waeltz; Linda Petot. Brother-in-law – Craig Fruth. Special cousin – Alice Waeltz. Also survived by his Goddaughter – Allison Knapp.
Pallbearers will be – Brandon Voss; Jason Voss; Ed Martin; Ed Toedte; Ben Petot; Alexander Knapp and honorary pallbearer – Alvin Skorcz.
Memorials may be made to the New Athens Historical Society or the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..
Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Lukomski officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held in Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
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