Robert E. Klie, age 90, of Edwardsville, Illinois, died at 12:25 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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He was born November 23, 1923, in East St. Louis, Illinois, the son of the late Elmer George & Jesse Mae (Carpenter) Klie.
Robert worked at Shell Oil Refinery in Wood River, Illinois, for 38 years before retiring in 1985 as a chemical engineer. During his years at Shell Oil he also taught chemistry at Roxana High School, Lewis & Clark Community College, and at SIUE.
Robert married Mary "Eileen" Kercheval on September 20, 1953, in Windsor, Illinois.
Along with his wife, Robert is survived by two sons, Ross Klie & wife Mary Ann Tomaszewski of Anchorage, Alaska and Richard Klie & wife Jan of Edwardsville; one daughter, Mary Schamel & husband Tim of Eureka, Missouri; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and 2 step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Harry K. Klie. Robert graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and then went on to get his Masters Degree in chemistry from the University of Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, was a member of the American Legion Post 199. He served as a scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America and was an Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the American Instrument Society. Robert was a member of the First Christian Church in Edwardsville and served as an elder there for many years.
He will be cremated according to his wishes. A memorial visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the First Christian Church.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church with Rev. James Brooks officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the Cochran Cemetery in Windsor, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or the Boy Scouts of America.
Condolences may be expressed online at weberfuneralhome.com.
Weber & Rodney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Weber & Rodney Funeral Home
304 N Main St Edwardsville, IL 62025
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from June 19 to June 20, 2014