STREATOR — Robert G. Kerestes, 89, of Streator, passed away Wednesday, March 28, at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. John E. Gutz will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery with full military rites. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Hagi & Baker Funeral Home.
Bob was born July 29, 1928, in Streator, to George and Anna Kerestes. He married Joanne Ruddy on Dec. 28, 1951, in Streator. She preceded him in death Aug. 29, 1994.
He is survived by sons, Robert (Irene) Kerestes, of Helotes, Texas, and Michael (JoDee) Kerestes, of Boerne, Texas; daughter, Carol (Fred Struchtrup) Kerestes, of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Jamie (Matt) Wren, Jeffrey Kerestes, Jessica Christians, Kevin Kerestes, Tara Kerestes and Koby Kerestes; great-grandchildren, Camryn Wren, Jaxson Wren, Bryce Wren, Christian “Quint” Christians; and a brother, Daniel (Ann) Kerestes, of Rochelle.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his brother, Melvin.
Bob graduated from Streator High School. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He served in the Army. He retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Company after 45 years. After retirement, he worked part time for NAPA Auto Parts.
Bob loved his family first and foremost. His grandchildren enjoyed seeing him attending and cheering them on at their many activities and sporting events through the years.
He bowled for many years with the Owens bowling leagues. He coached Streator Youth Baseball and also served as vice president and president of SYB. He enjoyed gardening and making zucchini bread using fresh zucchinis from his garden. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Big 10 college sports fan. He recently became a San Antonio Spurs fan. He also enjoyed spending time in Streator with his good friend, Jimmy Thompson.