HERRIN -- Bob Rossin, 78, passed from this life into the loving arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at his home.
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Bob was born July 1, 1933, in Carterville, to Charles and Dolly (Baggett) Rossin. He graduated from Herrin High School in May 1951.
He married Virginia Upchurch, the love of his life and best friend, Sept. 8, 1951, in Herrin. To this union were born two sons, Gary and Bobby Rossin.
Bob retired from Kas Potato Chips in 1992. He also worked for Sangamon Electric and the 7UP Bottling Company.
Bob was saved at the Radio Tabernacle on April 21, 1973. There he worked with the youth ministry and drove the church bus. He and the Bus Ministry workers took the church youth group to many Pentecostal churches in Missouri, Kentucky and Mississippi. He loved working with young people and never met a stranger. He always said, "A stranger is only a friend you have not yet met." He also served as a deacon at the freewill Baptist church. He served as chaplain at Herrin Hospital and Heartland Regional Medical Center. He was an active member of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy, where he served as substitute Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include loving wife, Virginia Rossin, of Herrin; sons, Gary Rossin, and wife, Carol, of Johnston City and Bobby Rossin and wife, Ronna, of West Frankfort; eight grandchildren, Matthew Rossin and wife, Eve, of Freeman Spur, Michelle Pendleton and husband, Erik, of San Diego, Melanie Rossin of Carterville, Mark Barwick of Johnston City, Heather King and husband, Dave, of Herrin, Shawn Rossin of Herrin, Michael and Jennifer Findley of Freeman Spur and Danney Findley and wife, Stacy, of Pittsburg; 11 great-grandchildren, including his little buddy, Toby Rossin, who lived with Bob and Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; great-granddaughter, Josie King; brother, Charles Rossin; and three sisters, Geraldine Vaughn, Martha Winget and Rosalie Sadler.
Bob's wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy, with Pastor Jerry Schell officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, awaiting the promised resurrection of God's faithful children. A time of gathering will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
Memorial donations are suggested to Lone Oak Baptist Church and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 S. 13th St., Herrin, IL 62948.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Nov. 12, 2011