Elbert Robacker III|
Dr. Elbert Charles Robacker, III, 68, of Belleville, Ill., born Saturday, Aug. 23, 1947, in Casper, Wyo., died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Charles worked as a physician for many years. He had a undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., majoring in chemistry with a bachelor of science degree. He then went on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., and received his doctorate of medicine. Charles had specialty training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., in family practice residency and served as their chief resident from January 1976 to June 1976. He then went on to take Aerospace Medicine Primary Course in Flight Medicine in 1978. He became board certified on the American Board of Family Practice from 1976 to his untimely death.
Dr. Robacker served in the military as a staff physician from 1976 to 1979. He was the chief of family practice services, chief of OB/GYN services, and chief of hospital services from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1984 he had a Family Practice Residency Program, was director of resident education, director of research, team chief, and assistant chief of family practice services. From 1984 to 1992 he was the director of hospital services; from 1989 to 1996 he was hospital commander. After leaving the military, he was the associate program director at Saint Louis University School of Medicine Family Practice Residency Program from 1996 to 2000. From 2005 to 2013 he was their program director for the family practice residency. At his time of death, Dr. Robacker served as senior faculty at Saint Louis University Belleville Family Medicine Residency serving both Southern Illinois Health Care Foundation and St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
Charles was a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice; a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, board of directors of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the research committee of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians; chairman, resident and Student Affairs Committee, Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians; Illinois Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Committee, president and vice-president of Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Surgeon General's Task Force on Military Medicine Curriculum, a member of AAFP House of Delegates, and a surgeon general representative to the DoD Graduate Medical Education Selection Board.
During his lifetime, Dr. Robacker received the Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (six oak leaf clusters), Teacher Recognition Award, Family Practice Mentor Award (three years), Expert Marksman Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, and the Legion of Merit Medal. Some of his training included the commander of Evaluation Team for Medical Center's Disaster Training, Department of Defense Commanders Conference, Western Network Institute for Health Care Executives, Commanders Courses, Helicopter Egress Training, Mirimar NAS, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Update Course, Senior Medi Service Conference, affiliate faculty and Course Director Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics, Instructor Neonatal Resuscitation Course, Flight Surgeon with 600 hours in F-16's, UH 60's, C-9's, P-3's, C130's, and C141's.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jean, nee Olmsted, Robacker; parents, Elbert Charles II and Kathleen "Kitty", nee Maddox, Robacker.
Surviving are his children, Heidi (Gary) Little of Lincoln, Neb., Chad (Becky) Robacker of Omaha, Neb., Heather (Charlie) Alexander of Glen Carbon, Ill., Chris Robacker of Lincoln, Neb., Holly (Nick) Head of Edwardsville, Ill., Hillary (Vince) Brandt of Lincoln, Neb.; brothers, Tim (Maira) Robacker of San Diego, Calif., Terry (Katya) Robacker of Panama; sisters, Taffy (J.L.) Light of Atlanta, Ga., Candace (Steve) Hawkins of Plano, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Jesse, Lily, Amanda, Anna, Aaron, Luke, Izzy, Peyton, Ella, Miles, Carmen, Neira; beloved companions, Bear and Lamby.
The family asks that memories of Dr. Robacker and messages be sent to RememberingDrRobacker@gmail.com.
No flowers can be accepted at the hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kurrusfh.com.
Services: A memorial gathering will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in the Centennial Room 2nd floor of the main hospital at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill. Parking will be available in the parking garage.
KURRUS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 6, 2016