Robert B. “Bob” Boeckmann


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      Robert B. “Bob” Boeckmann, age 76, of Bartelso, died Friday,February 28, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.


      He was born November 22, 1943 in Breese, the son of the late Rose (Korte) and Charles Boeckmann.


      In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Boeckmann, Sr., sister-in-law, Eileen Boeckmann, and nephews, Charles Boeckmann, Jr., and Richard Boeckmann.


      Bob is survived by a sister, Maxine (Jack) Graves of Derby, KS; brothers, Gerard (Patti) Boeckmann of Belleville and James Boeckmann of Breese; nieces and nephews, Christy Generous, Carla Boeckman, John Graves, Jen (Michael) Butler, Jamie (Adam) Fields, Nichole (Aaron) Fields, and Ryan Boeckmann; great-nieces and great-nephews, Emilee Generous, Brent Generous, Cassie Pinney, Brandon Boeckmann, Nolan Gillouin, Malia Gillouin, Ellie Fields, Henry Fields, Harper Fields, and Nolan Butler; uncle James Case; and cousins and many friends.


      Bob graduated from Mater Dei high school in 1961 and shortly after answered his country’s call by joining the United States Air Force. While serving, he attended Syracuse University and studied the Russian language and served as an interpreter. He graduated from SIUC in 1974 with a BA in Psychology.


      Bob loved reading, astronomy, genealogy research, late-night radio, and carried a Ham Radio Technician license. Bob was the keeper of the family’s historical data, and carefully and meticulously recorded information for preservation for generations to come. Bob was a wealth of knowledge. Every conversation with Bob was peppered with facts, and (whether you wanted to or not) you couldn’t walk away without learning something new. He helped to inspire a love of learning and the importance of questioning everything to better understand the world around us.


      No services will be held and memorials may be made to Community Link and will be received through Moss Funeral Home in Breese who is serving the family.


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