ROBERT I. VAN PELT
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Robert I. Van Pelt, 81, Ret. CFD Capt., U.S. Naval Air Res., former Director of the Edgebrook Community Association, Scouting Coordinator for Boy Scouts of America. Loving husband of Donna A., nee Bengtson; beloved father of Robert S. (Rae Ann), Barbara (Robert) Slotten and James (Melissa); special papa of Elisabeth, Samuel, Kyle, Alec, Alyssa, Carson and Grace; brother of Joann (Albert) Peruzzato; son of the late Irving H. and Lillian C., nee Balder. In lieu of flowers, donations to Edgebrook Lutheran Church or Boy Scouts of America, 1218 W. Adams St., Chicago would be appreciated. Funeral Service Monday, July 9, 10 a.m. at Edgebrook Lutheran Church, 5252 W. Devon, Chicago. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. Info 773-736-3833 or visit Bob's memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com

  

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Jul. 7, 2012.
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August 7, 2012
Dear Van Pelt Family,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of Mr. Van Pelt, through the church, the school and also being Bob's dad. I always think of him smiling a very big smile.
Jo Ann Loving
July 10, 2012
We will mis our Navy Buddy thst we got to know in June 1949. He never for got to send a card on our Wedding Anniversary. Never never forgot s Birthday card.

He was a great guy with a Big Smile.
He will be missed.
Dolores & Bob Hoeckelberg
July 10, 2012
To the Van Pelt family, we are sorry for your loss and will hold you in our prayers. He will be missed.

Phil and Monica Mesikapp
Philip Mesikapp
July 10, 2012
To the entire Van Pelt family,

Growing up in Edgebrook, I always looked up to Mr. Van Pelt as a role model. I loved to talk to him about his job as a fireman. I don't think there are too many people in this world that were nicer than he was. He will be missed.
Johnny Massengill
July 10, 2012
Dear Bob,

My condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear about your father.

Our prayers are with you.

Margie Gonzales
Margarita Gonzales
July 9, 2012
To the family of Bob,
Not hearing all the stories of the old days at NAS Glenview will be tough.
Bob served with my father all those years ago.
Very sorry for your loss.
Jim Delaney
July 9, 2012
In deepest sympathy, from an Amundsen High School classmate. Jim Hurst
July 9, 2012
In Memoriam
Shipmate Van, In October of 1962, together we averted World War Three during the Cuban missile crisis. Rest in peace.
Chester Bialek
July 9, 2012
Dear Donna and Family,
One life well-lived is a wonderous thing. Our deepest sympathy our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joyce and Bill Palm
Joyce & Bill Palm
July 8, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. All of us in Squadron 4 will miss Bob.
Michael Hudak
July 8, 2012
Dear Bob,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Gilda Frisenda
July 7, 2012
Bob will truly be missed. I knew him through the local Warbird squadron. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Stacy Kolls
July 7, 2012
Bob was a wonderful man. I met him through the local Warbirds squadron in Chicago. I went to many functions just so I could see and talk to Bob. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family.
Sue Bond
July 7, 2012
Dear Donna and family
Bob was a great scout leader and a great man. He shaped the lives of many of us and he will continue to live through our deeds. As a leader of men he will be missed. I once heard it said that the truest judgement of a man's life is based upon whether the world was a better place because he was in it when he leaves it. This is a much better world because of Mr. Van Pelt! I can only hope that those left after I go can say as much for me. I will try to live up to the things he installled into us all.
Kevin Connelly
July 7, 2012
Many memories from long ago with Scout Troop 957; Scoutmaster, mentor, and friend to all. You will be missed around Edgebrook.

Ed Kadlec
July 7, 2012
Donna, It's been a long time and the years have past, but we will always remember Bob. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Dorothy Scherer
July 7, 2012
TO BOB'S FAMILY;
HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND A TOP FIREMAN.
HE AND I FIRST MET JAN.16TH 1954 WHEN WE CAME ON THE CHICAGO FIRE DEPT
MY CONDOLENCES, WE WILL MISS HIM.
JOE MURRAY
JOE MURRAY
July 7, 2012
Will miss our great neighbor,but he will never be forgotten.

Lillian and Ervin Huber
July 7, 2012
O BOB'S FAMILY;
HE WAS A GOOD 'FRIEND&TOP FIREMAN'.
I FIRST MET HIM ON JAN.IO 1954 WHEN WE WERE CALLED FOR THE CFD.WE ENTERED THE
JOB ON THE 16 th. 'MY CONDOLENCES'
WE WILL ALL REMEMBER HIM'.

JOE MURRAY
July 7, 2012
Dear Donna and family,
It was a joy to have known Bob for many, many years. We shared many laughs which will be treasured memories. He was a great friend, who loved people. Now he will embrace his heavenly family with joy & humor as he did his earthly family & friends.
Keep the humor going all you Van Pelts.
Love to all,
Caroline Canine & Dan Schultz
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