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Robert P. Zerboglio

November 21, 1933 ~ June 1, 2017 (age 83)
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Robert "Bob" Zerboglio


Age 83 of Coal City, passed away Thursday morning, June 1, 2017 at Alden Estates of Shorewood.

Born November 21, 1933 in Morris, Illinois, Robert Paul was a son of the late Peter Paul and Bessie (Hejna) Zerboglio. He was raised in Coal City, graduated from Coal City High School, and went on to attend Illinois State University. Bob was a veteran of the United States Navy and honorably served on the USS Forrestal. On August 7, 1954, Bob married Gloria Jean Wills in Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City, and together they made their home and raised their family in Coal City. Bob's career began at the Joliet Army Ammunition plant before he went on to gain employment with Chamlin Engineering. He later returned to work for the Department of the Army at the Arsenal, and retired as the Commander's Representative in 1996. He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Coal City, the Dwight Country Club, and the Coal City Area Club. Bob was a past member of the Coal City Lions, and served on the Planning and Zoning Board for the Village of Coal City.

Bob was an avid sportsman, who loved following the Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Bears, and took great pleasure in playing golf. He enjoyed watching Jeopardy, working crossword puzzles and traveling both domestically and abroad. Together Bob and Gloria enjoyed wintering and playing golf in Florida.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gloria; three daughters: Susan (Robert) Walsh and Lori (John) Halliday, both of Coal City and Julie (Darren) Stiles of North Augusta, South Carolina; six grandchildren: Kelli (Peter) Ogrodnik of New Lenox, Nicole (Ryan) D'Arcy of Manhattan Beach, California, Kyle (Brittney) Halliday of Coal City, Christopher (Allison) Walsh of Bloomington, Illinois and Colin Stiles and Rebecca Stiles, both of Coal City; two great grandchildren: Madeline and Peter Ogrodnik; one sister Charlene (Bill) Hicks of Coal City; one nephew Steve (Michelle) Wills and two nieces: Jennifer (Jeremy) Shaw and Myra Sproull.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Zerboglio; father and mother-in-law: Clyde and Alice Wills, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Myron and Susie Wills.

Visitation and Video Tribute will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow Monday morning, June 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Assumption Parish - Berst Center, 150 South Kankakee Street in Coal City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Robert Noesen, and military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the Mass.

Cremation rites will take place following the services, and a private inurnment will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Columbarium.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Bob's memory to the Assumption Catholic Church Building Fund.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)

 Service Information

June 4, 2017

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes
75 North Broadway
Coal City, IL 60416

Mass of Christian Burial
June 5, 2017

11:00 AM
Assumption Parish - Berst Center
150 South Kankakee Street
Coal City, IL 60416

Private Committal

Braceville-Gardner Cemetery
7295 East Braceville Road
Braceville, IL 60407

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