Robert W. "Bob" Hempel ended his life's journey after a long courageous battle with cancer on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at age 70.
Bob received his education from Belleville Township High School, Northwestern University and graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.
Bob lived in Texas from 1966 to 2000 and returned in 2000 to his hometown of Belleville, Ill.
He was the originator of the Fellini cue case and made these collectible cases from 1972 to 1982 with his partner Ann Gore. He pursued his passion of pool by mentoring, teaching and playing pool until his death.
Bob is survived by his "forever" fianc‚e, Marietta Ricketts, and many special friends from graduate school and those he treasured from the "world of the pool room" who surrounded him.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Hempel.
Rest in eternal peace in body, mind and spirit. Bob was also a knight in shining armor to Marietta and the "forever" friend to each of us.
Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Research Center, St. Louis, Mo., and to the Lindenwood's College Pool Program in his memory.
Funeral: His cremains will be interned next to his parents in a private graveside service at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
SCHILDKNECHT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 30, 2013